Racism explained

With the Anti-racism week around the corner, Rekord asked Pretorians to define racism and give their ideas on how to stop it.

Bernice Du Toit said racism was the prejudice that one race was intrinsically superior to another.

She said racism was an evil and wicked craft and it polarised people to behave badly towards members of the supposedly inferior race.

“We as South Africans can put an end to racism so we live in harmony, through communities being taught in theory and practice that we are all equal before the law and that all must be treated equally.

“There must be proper oversight in social cohesion. Make room for collective and cohesive cultural development,” Du Toit said.

Bernice du Toit

Robert Kough said racism to him was the pre-disqualification of another person based on their race, culture and believes.

He said the word was often misunderstood and misused.

Kough said to end racism needed a change in ones heart, mindset.

“To be pre-judgemental towards another person based on race rather than on the individuals acts is completely wrong,” he said.

Robert Kough

Listen to Bridget Ntsoanas views on racism:

Bridget Nsoana

Sylvia Liebenberg said: “[Racism was] any negative thoughts opinions or behaviour towards someone else which is fueled by a difference in skin colour.”

Liebenberg said racism actually saddened her.

“Whenever there are disputes between people from a different race it is too often blamed on racism when many times that has nothing to do with the matter at hand. I also blame the government for inciting racism.”

She said the only way racism could end was by people working on tolerance.

“Loving thy neighbour is a conscious choice. It can only truly be ended in Jesus.”

Sylvia Liebenberg

Tahiyya Hassim said racism could be defined in many ways such as explaining the technicalities of what the racist act or how it came about.

“It’s the terrible racial stereotypes you find yourself thinking about to justify someone’s actions that has angered you, before hastily admonishing yourself.

“But nobody could it was a subconscious act.

“I feel very deeply troubled over the fact that it’s the 21st century and I’m still being asked how I feel about racism”, she responded to the question.

She said she knew it was foolish to think that we, as South Africans could “put an end” to racism, because there would always be people who held onto their vile beliefs and colour-separating goggles.

“But maybe if we stopped bringing it up so often and making it seem like it has so much power over us , eventually the racists themselves will see that their hatred has no power nor place in a modern society. ”

Tahiyya Hassim.

She described racists as primary school bullies who were trying to get attention.

Hassim said the less of a reaction they got, the sooner they would realise that their attitudes got them nowhere.

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