The Blackface Paradox

Anyone not yet familiar with the ‘Blackface” debacle from earlier this week may refer to the article on the link below.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Blackface-students-expelled-from-residence-20140807

Two students are allegedly guilty of racist behaviour due to dressing up as domestic workers during a private party.

Are they the only ones, though, who have made themselves guilty of racism during this incident?

Most definitely not!

SA Sudents Congress (SASCO) president Ntuthuko Makhombothi is also guilty of perpetrating racism during this incident.

Refer to his comments in the above-mentioned article: “It is clear to us that the white community assisted by institutions of white privilege, like UP, are teaching white youth to disrespect and poke fun at black suffering.”

There is definitely evidence in the photograph in the article to suggest that the two students are guilty of racism, but there is hardly enough evidence in the photograph to support Makhombothi‘s statement. In his statement, he groups all whites together on the basis of their skin colour and discriminates against the group as a whole. This is pure racist prejudice.

The South African Bill of Rights dictates that no person may be unfairly discriminated against on the basis of race; however SASCO president Ntuthuko Makhombothi clearly denies this right to whites. It can hardly be called fair to discriminate against all whites in general due to the actions of two students.

Are we then to assume that SASCO is a racist organisation concerned with undermining the rights of white South Africans?

This is only one incident. The media is, however, littered with similar examples. Black racism is rife in South Africa, perpetrated by black individuals who often commit racism in the very same statement in which they try to portray themselves as the victims of racism. The ANC propaganda machine may deny this, however any person with slight intelligence and education can recognise this truth for him or herself.

You may call a pig a donkey as many times as you want, but anyone who looks at the pig will know that it is, in fact, a pig.

The SA Human Rights Commission launched an investigation into the blackface incident on Thursday. It would be interesting to see whether they extend their investigation to Makhombothi‘s statement, as this would be a clear indicator of whether they are concerned with human rights in general, or only the human rights of black individuals.

Pieter Van Zyl364 2014-08-11 08:01:14 AM
Now if only they could admit it, but that will never happen
NoAbsolutes 2014-08-11 08:52:41 AM
"There is definitely evidence in the photograph in the article to suggest that the two students are guilty of racism". Not quite.
moeggeploeg 2014-08-11 10:02:41 AM
It's a easy way out to play the race card to shield their inferiority and lack of confidence. If people would just except who and what they are they make things a lot easier for themselves
Tara Victor 2014-08-11 11:32:00 AM
whilst us whites continue to talk such utter @#$/ we will continue to look racist and disrespectful. sometimes we just need to listen to what they are saying. who are we to tell them how to feel or how to just get over a sensitive topic. show some compassion people or their will always be a divide.
Tara Victor 2014-08-11 11:32:10 AM
whilst us whites continue to talk such utter @#$/ we will continue to look racist and disrespectful. sometimes we just need to listen to what they are saying. who are we to tell them how to feel or how to just get over a sensitive topic. show some compassion people or their will always be a divide.
Tara Victor 2014-08-11 11:37:52 AM
Michelle even white mimes paint their faces white so that comment is irrelevant. .
Colleen 2014-08-11 11:57:05 AM
Author There is a huge difference between discrimination and insulting. Nothing those girls did discriminates against black maids. Some may find it insulting or demeaning or whatever but the use of the word 'discriminate' is incorrect and there is no law that exists which can prevent anyone from being insulted. If I don't like you and you feel insulted about that - well, so what? If I dress up as a hobo and you feel insulted - well, so what? Look up the word 'discriminate' before writing rubbish and furthering the spread of ignorance which exists among too many readers and commenters.
Bruce Wilson 2014-08-11 04:12:25 PM
It is seriously going way too far with Political Correctness when we are so quick to be angered over a very literal non-issue. The problem is exacerbated when we are overly willing to apply a hypocritical double standard such as we have done here. I am sure that black people do not require patronizing white racists to protest on their behalf.