DASO is bored

2012-01-25 16:11

The image of a topless white man and black woman embracing caught my attention on Facebook. Not because I am a perve who enjoys looking at pictures of topless people embracing or that I am against interracial relationships but because it had a Democratic Alliance Student's Organisation logo.

I laughed at the picture and started reading the comments on it. Then I learned that the purpose of the image was to start a debate about race relations.

Call me a pervert all you want but when I see an image of two seemingly topless people embracing, the first thing that comes to mind is sex not race relations.

Perhaps the picture would have been more appropriate if DASO was launching a campaign to promote the use of condoms aimed at University students but a debate on race relations? not so appropriate.

Maybe if the models kept their clothes on and embraced each other, I just do not get why they had to appear topless.

If the purpose was to start a debate on race relations then sadly it has failed because we are now talking about topless people never mind their skin colour.

This after DASO's Mthokozisi Nkosi became the first black SRC President at the University of Pretoria. Now that story all over my Facebook page would be worth talking about... not a poorly planned campaign.

Seriously, why would a political formation resort to using images of topless people embracing? No ideas on how to start a conversation on race relations?

Even more silly is the ACDP suggesting that the picture promotes promiscuity amongst teens. I would like to know how many teenagers went around having unsafe sex with multiple partners after seeing the picture.

The image did not in anyway compel racist South Africans black or white to confront their issues with skin colour. All I know is that I would not want to have it as my screen saver because gogo could see it and think I am a perve.

I cannot even watch Brook and Ridge kissing and moaning on Bold and the Beautiful with gogo in the room. Some of us are raised in very conservative homes so I would not feel comfortable looking at that picture with gogo.

Not because the people on the picture are black and white but because they appear to be topless.

I am very sure there are better ways of starting a debate on race relations, this for me is worse than Julius Malema's nonsense. Malema might say a lot of things that raise eyebrows but still we somehow manage to engage on the issues regardless of how he raised the issues.

I should hope the Democratic Alliance will not start a similar campaign, I am certain that there are individuals within the DA, DASO, DAY and DAWN capable of finding ways in which the party can start real and meaningful debates about the many issues that confront South Africans daily instead of silly sexy images.

Models keeping their clothes on when posing for posters would be a great start. You are not selling condoms or skin products but selling policies, a political ideology not the idea of sex between a black woman and a white man.

If majority of DASO's membership approved of such a picture then I am glad am not an active member because I just do not see myself having a meaningful debate on race relations sparked by a topless white man and black woman embracing.

There are far more better ways of starting a conversation than sexy photographs, find them instead of defending that trash.

And no, I am not missing the point. A white man embracing a black woman has no effect on me at all but topless people embracing each other regardless of their skin colour will most certainly affect me.

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