MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 21
Article views: 903
Latest Badges:

View all Bergie's badges.

The Dreaded K-Word

10 July 2012, 08:17

Racism is like alcoholism. You can curb it but it remains in the background like bottled up hate, gathering dust and always tempting you with a sip.

As a now 42 year old, like most whites of our era, I grew up with the K-word during the heyday of apartheid. It was in our schools, in our homes and it popped up repeatedly in our jokes.

As a result my wife and I have gone to lengths to keep the evil sound away from our children’s ears. As far as I know we have succeeded. They know about Fuck and they know about Shit, but as far as I know, they do not know about the K-word (we even have swearing jars and my four year old daughter’s is the fullest-- she is a champion swearer).

I pride myself on fighting my own racism, and like a failed drinker, I take things one day at a time.

Of course I don’t always stick to the straight and narrow. Sometimes I stray, like when I am in the traffic, running late, and a taxi is around. I am inclined to have a bit of a relapse then, full of unrighteous indignation.

“Jesus Christ, ******!, what are you doing!” I might say as the vehicle break-dance’s across my lane. 

Luckily, my wife is almost colour blind. It seems naturally occurring in her and she is the proud flag bearer of the New South African standard in our home. 

But I have heard her slip, oh yes I have. Like the time Precious burned out the new vacuum cleaner.

“Couldn’t-she-fucking-tell-that-the-filter-bag-was-full!” She spluttered through the smoke pouring out the motor. 

Then out it popped in a cloven hoof: “Typical ******!”


“Darling, was that really necessary?”

Ting Ting goes the swearing jar. Lucky no kids around. Or Precious.

But those times are few and far between, and admitting to the disease is half the battle won.

This got me wondering about what black people call us whites when they relapse. 

‘Boer’? Farmer. . . hmm, not very offensive, to me anyway. 

‘Mlungu’? More funny than rude. 

‘White Pig’? Surely you can do better than that? 

‘Colonialist’? Nope, it’s too true anyway.

What is the K-word for whiteys? I am intrigued to know. You can call me one if you like. I am quite tolerant like that.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Mohammed Parak
Zero Gravity

It's not everyday that a thought comes up, highlighting something you didn't know before. Read more...

0 comments 333 views
Submitted by
Could Glencore be wiped out?

Glencore is a stock that everyone’s talking about, but the mining giant has collapsed again. Read more...

0 comments 2860 views
Submitted by
The Scribe
In Defence of Dianne Kohler-Barna...

The media, especially social media is all agog about THAT Facebook share by Dianne Kohler-Barnard. Read more...

0 comments 2714 views
Submitted by
Michael Ernest Meder
Crime entitlement

Entitlement is a major underlying cause of crime.

0 comments 239 views
Submitted by
Mike Van Wyk
Should big banks offer more unsec...

Since the crisis of 2008, the major banks have gone back to providing their fundamental function, but have been slow to keep pace with the growing demand for loans by South Africans. Read more...

0 comments 951 views
Submitted by
Stishera Khumalo
Corruption - Enough is Enough

Corruption has gone too far now.

0 comments 2101 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.