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Tackling the resilience of racism in 2019 - a response to Mamphela Ramphele

22 January 2019, 14:57

Dear Mamphela,

I would just like to respond to a few of your views that you shared in your opinion piece entitled "Tackling the resilience of racism in 2019".

Firstly, I'd like to say that you are correct in saying that racism is unfortunately alive and well in 2019. There is probably more animosity between the different races of South Africa, than there has ever been before. This includes the years following the achievement of democracy in our country.

While the Schweizer-Reneke saga has drawn a lot of controversy, let's face it - the media (being the media), for the most part has done a sloppy job of publishing ALL the facts and, as has become the norm - the narrative of the incident has been dictated by the very groups and organisations who seem to thrive on racial division.

One thing that you callously pointed out, is that because of apartheid, whites enjoy spatial geography close to some of the best schools. "White people continue to enjoy the best facilities, whilst black people have to beg for access at the expense of their dignity."

I'd like to know where you have been for the past 20 plus years under the ANC's rule? The way you phrase that particular sentence, shows how out of touch you really are with what is happening on the ground.

Instead of blaming apartheid for "spatial geography", perhaps you would do well to look inward and at the failings of the ruling party, under whose leadership, the standard of education has become alarming. Instead of begrudging the white population for receiving better education than black pupils because of the schools they attend, perhaps the ANC needs to acknowledge that it has failed most of the black youth in South Africa. 

In the 25 years since apartheid was abolished, what exactly has the government done to uplift the youth of South Africa? What exactly has been done to transform existing black schools to the same (if not better) condition than the Model C schools you so detest? When children are still falling into, and drowning in pit toilets at school, rather than seeking to tackle the problems and preventing these tragedies from occurring again, you choose to sit on your high horse and apportion blame.

You should be ashamed of yourself for being the typical definition of a political opportunist.

Yes, racism needs to be dealt with decisively. But I'll let you in on a little secret - by constantly pointing the finger of blame in one direction, you are not doing your part to bring about racial harmony in this country. Instead you take the easy way out and lay all the blame on apartheid, and point out racism in some cases where there is none.

I urge you to reflect on this and make the changes that need to be made so that every child in South Africa may receive the quality education they deserve. 

We as citizens of SA need to do our part to bring about the change that is needed in our schools, work place and common environments. Please, do not forget to do yours!

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