RACISM in any form is abominable and even worse so when a judge is guilty of racist remarks – and especially, given our history, a white judge! However I found the pictorial report in last Friday’s The Herald under the banner of the Black Attorneys’ Association particularly ironical (“Racism protest”).
The association by definition perpetuates racism no matter how one would want to justify its reasons and origins. The pot calling the kettle black?
And how ridiculous have we become. One even hesitates to use this old cliché which may also be construed as racist by some.
The young people posturing under the banner, “Racism is a crime to humanity”, seem to express an unholy glee in fingering a “prize catch”, a white judge – their vehemence and obvious revelling in their protest is in itself another indication of their own rabid racism!
A high court judge is almost as high as it gets. But, what about our president?
He is on record as having said that he, as a Zulu male, was compelled to satisfy the needs of a Zulu woman whenever, or words to that effect – racial stereotyping of the proud Zulu nation! He is also recently quoted telling a gathering, “Black people must stand together and vote for another black . . . otherwise this country will be taken from you before your very eyes – or they [presumably the whites] will use others to take it away from you!”
Is this not a racist statement and especially despicable, coming from the exalted office of the president who is supposedly the president of both blacks and whites? Why the silence from the Black Lawyers’ Association and others? Is it because he is black? The scourge of racism will be with us for as long as we continue to be in a state of denial, our huge inferiority complex making us willing victims of our fragile self-worth. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent!”.
And the sooner we accept that we are all made equal in the sight of God, the sooner we will deal with racist remarks without lowering ourselves to the same levels as the perpetrators.
We need to heed the words of Nelson Mandela who said, “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”.
Talbot Cox, Port Elizabeth