It’s not a ‘Twar, it’s War
By Lindi Sirame (Kaya Fm News) – Opinion Piece
I Woke up early Monday morning to what seemed like another interesting #Twar on Twitter… And once again it was race related. I couldn’t help but instantly think of how Penny Sparrow’s newly discovered outburst ( and I say newly discovered because it wasn’t her first racial post) must have came as a relief for the DA’s Dianne Kohler Barnard who too came under fire late last year for her Facebook post… As if her post would not compare to one suggesting that black people who flock to their own country’s beaches behave like monkeys.
While I fought very hard not to give another air headed Donald Trump think-alike the time of day, the realization that a man like suspended Standard Bank economist Chris Hart who I would consult with regularly for years regarding business related stories could possibly share this mindset did not sit well with me.
As a black woman in my twenties raised by my grandmothers Jewish employers, I was never made to feel that I was different because of the color of my skin…never questioned if my white family and friends “tolerated” who I was but secretly viewed me as less than and acted out of sympathy until now.
The truth is you’ll never know what someone is really thinking, and in a country where race once determined your status and how you were seen in society there was bound to be a few rotten apples.
If anything these racial slurs have proved to me that we haven’t healed from apartheid as a country regardless of the race. While there are white people who still view black people as a race that is undeserving of a better life, there are also black people who still allow their self image to take a knock and be offended by the white man, because what a random white person says about you must mean that much? Why was it entertained. I too have fallen victim. It’s almost like how a married woman would take offense if her cheating husband who claims he’s changed his ways were to joke about getting a second wife… Your still hurting and rightfully so.
Now you may argue that what the likes of Penny and Chris wrote about was no joke… I think we can unanimously agree that they are in fact the joke.