Addressing the issue of race

2016-03-17 06:00

THIS year’s Anti-Racism Week, observed­ from 14 - 21 March started on a bad note when a video of a white motorist deliberately knocking a black man off his motorcycle started making the rounds on the internet.

This was plain attempted murder and has once again highlighted the state of race relations in South Africa.

When East Coast Radio posted the video on its Facebook page, the station was berated by many listeners­ for “adding fuel to the fire”.

There are people among us who believe the best way to fix things is to sweep them under the carpet and pretend they don’t exist.

The root of the many chronic problems plaguing the country is that South Africans have not addressed their past. Every day you hear people say, “Can’t we just forget about this race issue and move along? It’s been 22 years already.”

The problem is that things don’t work out that way. If you have problems with your partner or child, you are encouraged to address them and find a way to work things out. In the 22 years since the other 90% of the population were admitted as citizens with full rights, we have avoided working things out.

Unless we talk about the inequalities in society, deal with the land question, unfair salary structures, housing, BEE, education, crime, unequality before the law, farm murders, employment and many others, racism will never end.

Before we deal with these issues, there will always be those who feel justified in going from their shack to the suburbs to rob, steal and kill, while others feel justified in running over people with their vehicle, who don’t look like them.

It is safe to say the majority of South Africans want this country to work, so let us not wait for the politicians to set a date.

Let us start in our communities and get to know each other and let us talk to each other.

It is safe to say the
majority of South
Africans want this
country to work, so let us not wait for the
politicians to set a date

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