Don’t play the race card

2012-05-26 10:12

As a black man, I fail to see how Murray’s painting insulted me

Siyasanga M Tyali is a totally myopic commentator who chose to play a race card as a substitute for logical reasoning.

That City Press printed his illogical words shows just how protected and harnessed the right of freedom of expression is, which he uses to launch an attack.

It is this seeming obsession with playing the race card that almost always destroys the fabric of our argument.

This is the case in his article and should not go unchallenged.

A superficial background check of the artist in question clearly portrays him as one of the few artists who played a pivotal role by using their art for anti-apartheid activism. This immediately combats the racist labelling by Tyali and reduces it to a mere barren rant.

How he managed to concoct a nexus between the art and an attack on polygamy is baffling.

He clearly does not know the inspiration behind the artwork that he so intensely attacks and such is highlighted in the words “unless Murray and company explain and decode its meaning”. What one is left with is that the author rushed to script a baseless and misguided attack on a subject he had no clue about.

What insults a black man like myself is the nonsensical argument that the artwork is a veiled attack on the general populace of black men.

Surely one can understand why Zuma would be offended as he is the subject of the work, but to go as far as to call upon myself to feel insulted as well is total rubbish and I do not feel insulted in any way.

What I also cannot fathom is his accusation that this paper has “endorsed Murray’s obsession with ‘us’.” Who is the “us” he is referring to? That is not me.

What is the endorsed obsession he is referring to? I clearly have not heard of any other “obsessive black art” by this man, certainly not in the mainstream media.

Murray’s artwork may have insulted others (rightfully so), but I chose to investigate its inspiration and meaning before I sought to comment.

That Tyali chose this avenue to expose his ineptness is shocking and unbelievable, considering his supposed stature and relevance.

His obsession with playing the race card at random indicates his shallowness, misinformation and sheer lack of intolerance for open-mindedness.

That he seeks to make himself an ambassador of the black cause in the manner in which he does is regrettable and repulsive.

For the record, Tyali does not speak for me and he must first get his facts right before he attempts to do so the next time. 

Tshepo Mahlare

Buccleuch, Johannesburg

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