Principal defends 'racist' awards

2012-08-17 08:32

Cape Town - The principal of a Cape Town high school embroiled in an outcry over the school’s so-called racist awards defended his school by saying they were part of the school’s tradition.

The Cape Argus earlier in the week reported how pupils at Stellenberg High in Bellville received awards like “Coconut” and “Dark Knight” for the blackest pupil, Pimp Master, Cradle Snatcher, Legally Blonde, GHD most straightened hair and Mr Sporty.

Some parents took offence at the categories and callers to CapeTalk radio station had various views on the matter.

The Western Cape education department said the school was dealing with the matter and agreed that some categories could be seen as offensive.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-08-17 08:53

    A storm in a teacup. The awards were made to learners of all races. Get real please.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-17 10:11

      Uuh this is a school, it should be upholding principles, not giving childish naming awards that poke fun at how kids look. What if there was one called "Carrot top"? Most red heads had a hard time in school, it would be adding salt to the wound. I don't find it funny at all, I think it's childish.

      jono.qmann - 2012-08-17 10:39

      were you carrot top at school Hugh??? lol What doesnt kill u makes u stronger! if you embrace critism and dont let affect you then you will end up on top!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-17 11:26

      Nope - just know what I saw. Some kids are sensitive, and it affects them later on in life. Still doesn't change the fact that the naming awards is childish as hell.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-17 12:20

      Looking at all the thumbs down I hope none of you are parents. Makes me glad I don't have kids at that school, no wonder they're a bunch of hooligans nowadays.

      bruce.wells.963 - 2012-08-17 12:51

      Being called carrot top can hardly be categorized as criticizing. You can citicize someones actions. but not the hair colour they were born with.

  • jono.qmann - 2012-08-17 08:55

    What a load of rubbish...the only racist ones here are the people who attaches value to colour! the coconut was probably for the whitest kid in the school and i garauntee you they never moaned at it and only laughed it off! please get of this racist bandwagon! the word shouldnt even exist!!!

  • neil.kroese - 2012-08-17 08:55

    Now that's just daft! Seriously? This school is not even 25 yrs old. One would have thought "traditions" that young would be a bit more in line with the post 94 South Africa? Oh and I cannot wait for the nouveau riche to start complaining about this article referring to the school being in "Bellvile"...

  • philani.goba - 2012-08-17 08:59

    agg what's so offensive? I'm black, have been and will be my whole life, got over that when I could wee by myself. GET OVER IT!! just dont discriminate me coz of my skin (that didnt happen at this school)

  • clive.kihn - 2012-08-17 09:03

    Insensitive at best; silly at worst. But racist? Mmmm.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2012-08-17 09:38

      @currie - how many fun/team-building school traditions are NOT silly/insensitive? We had a term "spading" - roughly translating into "TRYING to pick up girls". I presented a shovel as an award to our Head Prefect, which he accepted in good humour. It's mocking/teasing - which is part and parcel of getting along! Time to grow up (at least to tennage mentality)

      jono.qmann - 2012-08-17 10:42

      they dont make them like they use to because we keep on protecting them from eveything! i got donnerd for failing a test, now its like dont worry we will pay for extra classes!

      brucemgiles - 2012-10-11 23:17

      cotton wool, thats what we need, lets surround all the kids in cotton wool, then they wont get hurt (oh wait wont that mean they wont learn how to deal with hurt) never mind, cos then we feel like we did well protecting them

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-17 09:07

    A test of maturity for the pupils for sure...but if they can deal with this and laugh it off, then they will be better placed to deal with the real world idiocy of anc sponsored racism in SA.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-17 11:47

      Thabiso: Thank you for your response...perhaps you too could benefit from attending the school mentioned in this article.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-17 09:16

    First it was just a mother and her child. Now its some parents?? Seriously news24 you are trying to turn this into a bigger issue. Get your facts straight. Seriously ppl get over it. These awards was made up by the student committee of all colours and they got the students to vote. To you older parents stop living in the past and get over trying to make everything racist. Kids have a better sense of humour with race than you racist parents living in the past still.

  • melusi.biyela.1 - 2012-08-17 09:23

    I am black and I would have loved the Dark Knight award but I don't think I am dark skinned enough, perhaps the Cradle Snatched award would be just perfect for me. I think I love this so called tradition in this way the pupils remain open about matters of race and they won't tiptoe around each other. If the children love it, I say award on my fellow South Africans !

  • Teuneman - 2012-08-17 09:31

    Looks like the parents has the issues. If things are going on like this, the only thing that we will ever be allowed to say to each other is \hello\ and \goodbye\

  • dylanwyndhamjones - 2012-08-17 09:42

    They've had these awards since I can last remember, no one made an issue and just laughed about it. Suddenly its a big race issue again? Well I guess everything has to be about race these days.

  • jerry.pres - 2012-08-17 09:46

    This country is real circus.What is so offensive about?

  • Nkutist - 2012-08-17 09:56

    Ai People are taking the race issue way too far. Lets be honest guys, we all dissed people in high school,who the darkest was, the ginger ninja, who the dumbest was etc.... The only contentious one is the coconut one, because it's still a sensitive topic for some people.... It's high school and we were all stupid, it;s just parents getting unnecessarily worried as usual!! Damn everything seems to be about race and it takes away from the real issue. Fact is you get black, white, indian, asian and coloured racists so no one is better than the other!

      matshidiso.rantai - 2012-08-17 10:25

      @Nkutist do you know the long term effect thet had on other kids. At that stage children are still finding their feet, now if tell him/her she too tall or fat their self confidece suffers. Its inapropriate to have this kind of awards inthe first place

      Nkutist - 2012-08-17 10:41

      @Mathsidiso bra it's part of being in high school and it's part of life. We've all been dissed and dissed someone at some point, there is no running away from it, some good and some bad. That teaches us how to handle people being mean and it prepares one for the cold real world... This school decided to make fun of it, so lets hope it's all in good spirit!! I always find it strnage that people bring in other irrelevant issues to such topics. This has nothing to do with politics, economic freedom, apartheid etc. So lets leave it out if it...

  • thandazab - 2012-08-17 09:57

    Lol pretty soon SAns will be walkin around wrapped in cotton wool with \fragile, dnt hurt my feelings\ on their foreheads! Black ppl can't say its racism, even in black schools when u black they give u a name n tease u mercilessly. Worse it starts with your family. At least dis school gave it a nice name. U can't scream racism or whatever whenever someone hurts yo feelings. Its part of growing up. Just laugh it off! Kids of today mara!

  • thandazab - 2012-08-17 09:57

    Lol pretty soon SAns will be walkin around wrapped in cotton wool with \fragile, dnt hurt my feelings\ on their foreheads! Black ppl can't say its racism, even in black schools when u black they give u a name n tease u mercilessly. Worse it starts with your family. At least dis school gave it a nice name. U can't scream racism or whatever whenever someone hurts yo feelings. Its part of growing up. Just laugh it off! Kids of today mara!

  • garthandjackie - 2012-08-17 10:01

    For goodness sake, some people need to chill the heck out!!!

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-17 10:12

    Sometimes you just have to shake your head. Small minded and juvenile. When will people just get over themselves and realise we're all human regardless of race. Stop being so damn sensitive and self important.

  • ronnie.duplessis.7 - 2012-08-17 10:12

    What a joke!!! Get over it, it is only when you have chip on your shoulder that you look for opportunities to cry racism. My daughter was nominated for legally blond does that make her "stupid" and must I now cry foul. To the parents that complained you are much too sensitive and serious and obviously don’t have a sense of humor.

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-08-17 10:16

    Oh please! Focus on something real like the billions of rands mis-spent and mis-managed. Focus on the cold and starving masses in the land during this harsh winter. Focus on the lack of skills at government level. This is such trash and not very newsworthy. Just someone trying to amp up the public over nothing. I wish that the news makers would censor themselves!

  • carolina.j.wallace - 2012-08-17 10:17

    When will all the idiots out there start growing up.This is like the Hollywood Razzle awards.It is a fun thing for kids by kids.People with blocks on their shoulders an guilty or dirty minds see only the bad or the negative in everything.Stop being so dam politicaly correct. Look at what happned to the Noddy books that was taken out of schools in the UK because" Noddy is a racist and Big Ears is a gay"!!Really! Are we now going to start to burn books some people deem offensive,fine or jail people who speak their minds?Not allow children to grow up and see the bigger picture just because some people wear blinkers?

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-08-17 10:24

    did anyone ask them(kids) if they love the awards or not?

  • Hugh - 2012-08-17 10:25

    What amazes me is the out cry from parents. What do the majority of the kids think? These names would likely be nominated democratically. They have a way of teaching kids to laugh at the Sad South African situation.

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-17 10:26

    its interesting that when whites do wrong things, they run to hide with tradion, bla bla bla. but when we do our things that we regard as tradion,culture etc., they quickly jump and criticize it, eg polygamy is african culture, like it or not, it wont go away forget, this is not europe. they also forget that their own bible they brought here to blind us with,does talk about polygamy, i.e david had a thousand wives and he was white coz everything in the bible is white

      Nkutist - 2012-08-17 10:45

      Bra, what does this have to do with the issue at the school? We aren't discussing poligamy, religion etc here.... These days you can't generalize so much about tradition because it's all very subjective.

      thandazab - 2012-08-17 11:34

      Da only time a bully gains satisfaction is when u suffer n take offense to their words and actions. There are ppl here u r cruel creatures (all race) when u show u r hurt they are happy coz that's their intention vele. If u gona retaliate in an emotional manner it makes u no better then them n your point looses its value. So u know wat I do, anything that concerns religion, farm murders or sensitive issues like that I skip the comments coz I know the insults to the whole blck nation that r to come. Nt related bt relevant. Just ignore comments u find offensive n go on about yo life. That way u live longer.

  • bfvillet - 2012-08-29 10:25

    I hope dark knight does not walk into school with a gun one day we should teach our children better values than this.

  • tk.makhetha - 2012-08-29 10:37

    so many schools do this ,everyone has a laugh even the "winners".you cant take these things seriously ,its all just a bit of fun. i went to an all boys school and we had the same thing.

  • christiaan.niekerk.5 - 2012-10-12 11:58


  • Jason Lin - 2013-05-18 08:06

    @news24: Why label it "racist award"? It's innocent fun. You are reporting it as if a racist headmaster is defending his racist actions. Its clear that News24 enjoys creating hate and rivalry.

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