While one half of South Africa empty out their freezers in fear of the Listeriosis outbreak and the other half (those that actually follow sport news) gasp in shock at the vicious attack on triathlete, Mhlengi Gwala, everyone seems to be forgetting about the video clip released a week ago concerning the attack in Lenasia’s Food Lover’s Market.
Anyway, the incident in itself is not what I am here to talk about. That is something anyone can Google and see for themselves.
I want to talk about the headline that enca used to report this article.
Food Lovers Market Replaces Managers After Racist Attack
Now, if one had to read about the actual incident, it clearly states that the African employee had pulled a knife on a fellow African colleague and the white manager had stepped in when things had turned violent.
Was it correct to respond to this violence with violence? Absolutely not. That is where the saying “fighting fire with fire” comes from.
It. Only. Makes. Things. Worse!
So now that it has been established that this attack was in no way, racial, what is the response of the public regarding this headline?
Here are just a few of the comments on this:
And my favourite has to be this comment and all the replies to it:
So, racism or not, my question is: South Africa! Why is it that whenever something goes wrong, your first scapegoat and fall guy, is a cry of racism!
Everyone is racist. Not only Whites or Indians or Africans. Who reading this can honestly tell me that they haven’t heard someone in their family make a racist comment be they of any race?
I have White, Coloured, Indian and African friends. All are lovely people and the only fear or horror I feel, is when something is obviously wrong. It’s not racism when a spasm of fear goes through me at being in an empty parking lot and there’s a group of shifty looking individuals around. It’s the thought that I’m alone and these people look dangerous.
But apparently ‘enca’ sees it fit to say that should I start walking faster and have my phone out to call an emergency number, it’s because I’m racist. Nevermind the fact that I don’t want to die.
Perhaps even using the word ‘African’ instead of black will become an issue.
The only reason I even use that word was because in high school when an African friend of mine found out that the reason the term ‘black’ is used is because Steve Biko had fought for it, she found it so silly. She felt there was more respect in saying African. So I even have a legit reason.
Back to my rant on this enca headline and all such accusations that have been passed and will continue to pass.
What about those comments ranting on about how white people only defend the racism thing when it’s directed to them?
I call foul.
It is highly annoying to be accused of racism at every turn when one has literally been born in the year of freedom and yet at every turn one must hear that our country is still steeped in this gunk that Nelson Mandela and many others fought against.
The truth of the matter is, when some people don’t want to own up to the wrong that they are doing or that the situation is because of their own stupidity, they cry ‘racism’.
Why just a few days ago, a friend of mine was approached with a case by an Indian girl who wanted to sue her professor for not allowing her to continue her modules because he was being racist! What about the fact that you failed! (Yes dear, when you don’t study this is what happens!)
I will never say that there aren’t any racists and yes there are numerous attacks like this all over the country.
But this time, it was not a racist attack and the people in this country need to stop shouting it out at every turn.
We don’t want it to turn into a ‘crying wolf’ situation.
This is Ayesha Abdullah, reporting for Change for the 22nd on The News – Our Perspective.