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	<strong>By Maila waha Rakubu</strong><br />
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	“I grew up when racism was just a way of life. I wouldn’t have been surprised if this was done by somebody on his 60’s or 70’s, but where does this hate come from?” This was a question from the mouth of a 90 year old Mary Meynardle after the killing of nine black people in a church by a 21 year old white boy. I am not a racist but just stating how the incident occurred. The sad part is that poor people were allegedly shot and killed for the colour of their skin. Maynardle is 90- year- old and she is white in colour, she was surprised t hat how could a young person think of committing a horrifi c act. Let us see whether we have the right answer to ‘gogo’s question.</p>
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	Whilst we were still appalled by the brutal killing of congregants in the USA, something unthinkable was happening ‘la e Mzansi’. A video from Curro School in Roodeplat was all over the show - showing white grade R children led two by two in one direction, while black children from grade R seem to be led in a far different direction. It is inhumane to subject such young children to this kind of behavior. Poor black children will eventually grow-up feeling inferior to other race groups whilst their white counterparts would not hesitate to adopt the sense of superiority. This shows how some of the racist people are made. They are taught racism at home and later in schools. Then it extends to the workplaces and the boardrooms. This is a good example of how racism evolves. Hence we have found the answer to the question asked by the 90 year old above.</p>
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	My observation tells me that the 90- year- old gogo did not raise her children and great- grandchildren to become racists. She seems very confi dent that wherever they are, her descendants are discriminating against other races. That is a good parent we need in our lives. However, just like an Indian policeman, these kinds of people are not easy to fi nd. They come once in a while. It is a pity because all the incidents happened in the wake of June 16, and we know what happened on 16 June 1976. It might also be a coincidence that the 21- year- old that carried-out the killings was wearing a jacket with the old South African fl ag. Mind you, the old South African fl ag is viewed by racists worldwide as a symbol of racial segregation. We are not surprised.</p>
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	The argument of the teachers from Curro School was that children were separated according to language preference. I am not disagreeing with the reasoning behind the whole Curro School incident. But if racial division was the motive, then they are doing no good to the children they claim to love. They are subjecting their children to something that they cannot handle when their parents are gone. Even though we have incidents with racist elements, just like apartheid racism will one day be something of the past. But we cannot fi ght racism by bleaching our skins and adopting other people›s hair. We have to develop more realistic way of fi ghting racism. We cannot afford to live with racism forever.</p>
View from a di erent angle....

By Maila waha Rakubu

“I grew up when racism was just a way of life. I wouldn’t have been surprised if this was done by somebody on his 60’s or 70’s, but where does this hate come from?” This was a question from the mouth of a 90 year old Mary Meynardle after the killing of nine black people in a church by a 21 year old white boy. I am not a racist but just stating how the incident occurred. The sad part is that poor people were allegedly shot and killed for the colour of their skin. Maynardle is 90- year- old and she is white in colour, she was surprised t hat how could a young person think of committing a horrifi c act. Let us see whether we have the right answer to ‘gogo’s question.

Whilst we were still appalled by the brutal killing of congregants in the USA, something unthinkable was happening ‘la e Mzansi’. A video from Curro School in Roodeplat was all over the show - showing white grade R children led two by two in one direction, while black children from grade R seem to be led in a far different direction. It is inhumane to subject such young children to this kind of behavior. Poor black children will eventually grow-up feeling inferior to other race groups whilst their white counterparts would not hesitate to adopt the sense of superiority. This shows how some of the racist people are made. They are taught racism at home and later in schools. Then it extends to the workplaces and the boardrooms. This is a good example of how racism evolves. Hence we have found the answer to the question asked by the 90 year old above.

My observation tells me that the 90- year- old gogo did not raise her children and great- grandchildren to become racists. She seems very confi dent that wherever they are, her descendants are discriminating against other races. That is a good parent we need in our lives. However, just like an Indian policeman, these kinds of people are not easy to fi nd. They come once in a while. It is a pity because all the incidents happened in the wake of June 16, and we know what happened on 16 June 1976. It might also be a coincidence that the 21- year- old that carried-out the killings was wearing a jacket with the old South African fl ag. Mind you, the old South African fl ag is viewed by racists worldwide as a symbol of racial segregation. We are not surprised.

The argument of the teachers from Curro School was that children were separated according to language preference. I am not disagreeing with the reasoning behind the whole Curro School incident. But if racial division was the motive, then they are doing no good to the children they claim to love. They are subjecting their children to something that they cannot handle when their parents are gone. Even though we have incidents with racist elements, just like apartheid racism will one day be something of the past. But we cannot fi ght racism by bleaching our skins and adopting other people›s hair. We have to develop more realistic way of fi ghting racism. We cannot afford to live with racism forever.

COJ
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