What is selective racism and how do the media portray racism in South Africa?
Malema should not be allowed to incite hate crimes and escape scot-free. His red overall should be exchanged for an orange one. Malema is a clown, but a dangerous one who will hurt children. He is a racist hooligan who should not be accepted by society.
Penny Sparrow, an ordinary member of the public who is not in a position of authority, is being vilified over and over because of unacceptable remarks she made about black South Africans. The remark by Levuyo Menziwa, an EFF student leader, that he wanted to kill “f”ken whites with a bazooka or an AK47, has long been forgotten.
Solidarity has conducted a search on social media for racist remarks against white people. We were shocked by the extent and violent nature of these remarks.
Andile Mngxitama of the Black First Land First movement says black people cannot be racist. In a recent TV conversation, Andile bluntly put it as follows: “If we don’t accept the principle that blacks can’t be racist and criminalise racism without accepting that fact, then you are going to end up locking up black people … and that is my biggest fear.” Such statements should be rejected.
If the idea that only white people are racists is promoted, it will simply provoke greater racism and anger on both sides.
An esteemed economist, Chris Hart, was suspended by Standard Bank for saying victims of apartheid had been nurturing a sentiment of entitlement and hatred against minorities. President Jacob Zuma may say black people have more rights because they are the majority. White people have fewer rights because they are the minority. According to Zuma, this is the way a democracy functions. There was no public outcry about this statement. He also may say all problems began with the arrival of Van Riebeeck.
While South Africans rightly denounced the Coffin Duo, the EFF waived a poster reading: “Kill Whites”. Nothing was said about it.
Only a week prior to this incident, Julius Malema said white people should be slaughtered, but just not yet. According to him, Afrikaner men should “know your place”. This was reported in newspapers, but there was no public outcry. This is selective racism.
We have had enough of selective racism and we are not going to keep quiet any longer. We are not going to allow white people to be demonised and exposed as a minority.