Biker makes mincemeat of racist on Facebook

2017-01-19 12:31
German biker Carola Trummer. (Sharlene Rood, Netwerk24)

German biker Carola Trummer. (Sharlene Rood, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – A well-known biker has made mincemeat of a Facebook racist, who commented on her having a black man with his arm around her in all the photos she posts.

Carola Trummer, 51, said racism in South Africa reminded her of Germany, which she left in 1996 to join her husband Bernhard.

Trummer is well known for taking part in campaigns against cancer and e-tolls on her bike, Netwerk24 reported.

Photos of such trips, which she posted on Facebook, led to a comment reading: "Is this woman colour blind, or what’s wrong with her? Every time she poses for a photo it’s with a black man with his arm around her."

Trummer shared a screen grab of the post on her page.

"Where Facebook users mostly are polarised by incidents like this, they all spoke out against racism," she said on Wednesday.

'Wall still exists in our minds'

"Yes, I am colour blind and my friends are as well," she responded on Facebook.

"I don’t want an apology because it won’t change your attitude. I hope the black security guard who looks after your house or the black nurse who will care for you when you can no longer look after yourself, never see what you’ve said in your jealous pettiness."

Trummer said bikers opposed racism. She did not think racism in South Africa would end anytime soon.

People who had grown up behind the Berlin Wall, in East Germany, were known for being conservative.

"The wall came down in 1989. Germany is a first world country, we speak the same language, we have the same lifestyle, education and health system, but the Wall still exists in our minds.

"Apartheid ended five years after the Wall came down. Here, it is 11 languages, private schools versus public schools, and the lifestyle differs so much that some stay in shacks and others in Houghton [Johannesburg].

"If we Germans, who stay in a first world country, have been unable to process the Wall, how can one expect South Africans to put apartheid behind them?" she asked.

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