Racism is a disease

2018-06-27 06:01

RACISM is a disease that is sowing hatred and must be got rid of in a democratic society. We live in a time when racial prejudice is rife and it should not be so.

Julius Malema is speaking to the black voter to gain favour for his political career.

I do not agree with his terminology and he should do research before making public statements.

Racism ends with you, the individual, making the choice to stop racial slurs or dialogue and not entertain untoward remarks made towards another race.

We are all born naked in this world and we bleed the same colour blood. We all have the same human organs and that makes each and every one of us equal.

Yes we have experienced oppression but we have moved past that.

We must not dwell on the past as it’s the future that counts.

I have heard Malema’s comments on calling us coolies. Most of my fellow Indian brothers and sisters would take this as a racist insult. I think we must be proud to be called a coolie as coolies were very hardworking men and women who laboured for their families honestly and with pride.

I am proud of my Indian heritage.

Our forefathers came here as labourers and we the descendants today have excelled and it’s thanks to their hard work and family values that today we have Indians among the highest in academia in South Africa.

I am proud of being a descendant of coolies as in our DNA it is hardwired to work hard, study and excel, and I do not see it as a insult.

As a proud Indian and a coolie, name calling does not deter me. Values, principles and a proud heritage are what drive me.

As hard as our forefathers worked, they were sworn at, called names and subjected to harsh treatment, yet today we still prevail no matter what the circumstances.

Let the past remain in the past. The apartheid regime is long past us.

We have forgotten we all are equal according to our Constitution, and individuals who are racist are so because of their upbringing and family values.

Let us not see the colour of one’s skin and be prejudicial as this is where it all begins: prejudice leads to racism.

Next month is Mandela Month and his legacy of unity should be upheld, not brought down by ill-tongued politicians. Malema should be contributing to moving the country forwards as he has the potential to do so.

He should be uniting a divided country, not sowing more divisions. He is outspoken and robust, and should utilise this to give SA a great future.

I believe he should be more cautious when speaking.

VENOLIN GOVENDER

Northdale

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