Racism alive and well

2013-06-09 10:00

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Reports about a school in the Free State that has been upholding racist practices cannot be entirely surprising.

In a Grade 7 classroom, the old South African flag was reportedly on display, along with a picture of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema alongside a picture of a monkey.

The issue of racism has not been properly discussed and thoroughly dealt with in our country.

Many racist whites still want to pass down the culture of racism to their children and unless a heavy sentence for racism is meted out against such people, racism will be with us for centuries to come.

Racism is usually seen as a not-so-serious crime and, many a time, only attracts political frowning instead of criminal sanction.

This is one of the many reasons several leaders have correctly stated that we need to deal with the remnants of apartheid if we are to effectively deal with our country’s economy.

It is in such a context that apartheid still has to be criticised and blamed for many of the wrongs that continue today.

We also need to treat racism as one of the most serious crimes in the country because it does not just end with words being spoken or posters being placed on a wall.

Many black people end up losing jobs, business ventures suffer and, in some instances, people still get killed because of racism.

On the other hand, some black people will hold on to the urge to seek revenge when they have been racially abused. This only makes the problem worse.

Only a tougher approach towards such foolish abuse of our people will curb racism.

The media needs to also play its role in this regard. It’s not something that can simply be left to the ANC and the tripartite alliance.

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