Melanie Verwoerd
Womens Shoes Aerosoles Dimperial Dark Blue Patent,

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Mens Wolf Grey/Cargo Khaki/Lucid Green/Black Running Shoes V97214

2018-05-30 07:47

Womens Shoes Aerosoles Dimprint Tan Combo,Clae Grant Boot CP3733Womens Boots ALDO Merkin Cognac, Womens Shoes ALDO Luveday Pewter,Womens Shoes ALDO Newbrook Champagne,

UK gtabg 93p7ci August Deals Superstar Womens White

If someone experiences an action or utterance as racist does it necessarily make it racist, or does the intention of the "perpetrator" make a difference in how harshly someone should be judged for their words or actions? 

Womens Boots Anne Klein Xpert Tweed Fabric,Timberland Euro Sprint Tree Boot CP3755Womens Shoes Anne Klein AK Sport - Undertake Black Multi,,Womens Shoes Anne Klein Barb Wine Patent,Womens Shoes Anne Klein Zee Black Multi Fabric,.Clarks Originals Desert Aerial Boot CP3737Womens Sandals Badgley Mischka Abigail Blush Satin,.

These questions have arisen with a renewed sense of urgency for me during the debate that erupted after Ashwin Willemse walked off the set of SuperSport recently.

Although I don't want to debate the specifics around this case, it did raise fundamental questions about experience as well as the role of intention for me.

Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Flash II Pewter Metallic Suede,Clarks Originals Desert Vulc Boot CP3739Womens Boots C Label Aniz-5 Black/Natural,,Womens Shoes C Label Lychee-1 Gold,Womens Boots Calvin Klein Salomon Black Leather,.Rockport Peakview Boundary Boot CP3752Womens Boots Calvin Klein Collena Black Leather,.

In certain cases of crude racism, such as the use of the k-word or explicit racial or sexual stereotyping, there can be no debate. It is racist or sexist no matter what the perpetrator claims to have been the intention or circumstances. Thus, the courts could rule on Penny Sparrow's tweets and Vicky Momberg's outbursts.

Although there are undoubtedly many people who are still guilty of these overt incidences of racism, I believe it is the less crude forms of prejudice, which are so prevalent in our society, that often cause the biggest damage. It is in the tone of voice, the patronising smile, the body language, institutional cultures and systems. Yet, despite or perhaps because of its insidious nature, it is often tolerated until some trigger causes a dramatic reaction.

Womens Sandals Calvin Klein Laken Ematite Metallic Leather,Toms Classic Canvas Slip On Espadrille CP3803Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Annika Black Microsuede,,Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Goldie Espresso/Espresso Leather/Box Metallic,Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Calida Black Kid Suede/Patent,Flossy Mens Plimsole CP3793Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Tanita Black Leather/Suede,.

As a white person, I have only on the very rare occasion experienced racism – and it was horrible. But as a woman, I deal with sexism on an almost daily basis. (I immediately want to acknowledge that I am conscious that I am at the tip of the pyramid of injustice. As a woman I experience sexism, but because of my race, class and sexual orientation I will always experience far less discrimination than, for example, a black, gay or poor woman.)

Comfortable 168316 New Balance Kids Kl574 Kid Grey Orange Shoes

Womens Sandals CARLOS by Carlos Santana Francis Leopard,Timberland Adventure 2.0 Cupsole Boot CP3776Womens Boots Clarks Rosepoint Bell Grey Suede,,Womens Boots Clarks Marlina Ramble Sand Leather,Womens Sandals Clarks Hayla Samoa Pink Leather,Timberland 6 Inch Waterproof Exo Grid Boot CP3788Womens Sandals Clarks Preslet Stone Black,.

Although I experience crude sexism far less these days (perhaps men are a bit more careful around me), I can think of at least three instances in the last four days where I was patronised by men. I'm sure that all these men would argue that they did not intend to patronise me. Yet, it was without doubt patronising. How can I be so sure? Because, you know it when you feel it.

That is, for me, the key and part of the answer to my original question. If it is experienced as racist or sexist it almost certainly is. You know it when you feel it.

Of course, given upbringing and conditioning linked to our political history, it is also true that people honestly do not always understand that or why something they say or do is racist. Thus, they are honest in their defence of "I did not intend to be racist". However, that can too easily become a blanket excuse. "I did not mean to kill that person" could still result in a manslaughter conviction in court. Equally, "I did not intend to patronise or racially abuse you" can never alleviate the burden of injury or need for restitution.

Womens Shoes Clarks Amelia Page Nude Leather,Timberland Britton Hill 6-Inch Warm Lined Leather and Fabric Boot CP3792Womens Shoes Clarks Haydn Juniper Navy Suede,,Womens Shoes Clarks Cordella Alto Orange Leather,Womens Boots COACH Holiday Black Soft Shine Calf,.Birkenstock Milano Sandal CP3823Womens Sandals COACH Judy Black/Brown/Bronze,.

So what does restitution involve? On the most basic level it requires the willingness to listen and hear the "other" (both individually and collectively) when they express their pain, hurt and anger. There must be a willingness to accept the point of view of the person/s who have been offended, no matter what the intention was. So, not to say: "I did not intend it that way" or "don't play the race card" as I so often hear people say. The listening should be followed by a sincere apology and measures or actions to fix the problem.

Importantly, we should remember that institutional and systemic racism and sexism are even more insidious and thus more difficult to pin down. However, they exist – big time. Those who feel them, know it. As with individual cases, systemic and institutional apologies as well as restitution are extremely important (think: land debate at the moment).

Of course, it does require that someone has to express the hurt or offence that was felt. Often that does not happen and when it finally does people are surprised and shocked.

Womens Shoes COACH Lorrie Chalk/Watermelon Semi Matte Calf,adidas Originals Adilette Trefoil Sandals CP3818Womens Shoes COACH Erica Black/Black Haircalf/Box Calf,,Womens Boots Cole Haan Callie Slip On Waterproof Twine,,Womens Sandals Cole Haan Paley High Wedge Sandstione/Sequoia Suede,Birkenstock Arizona Sandal CP3821Womens Shoes Cole Haan Corinne OT Pump Velvet Red Suede/Old Gold Metallic,.

I have to confess with all three cases of feeling and being(!) patronised I did not say or do anything. There are many reasons for it. I did not want to make a scene, I did not think it would change that person and sometimes I am just tired of fighting a bunch of sexists.

My guess is that many people who experience racism would give similar reasons for not always reacting.

But, I also know that even though I often don't react to sexist behaviour, every incident finds a home in my body and mind where it quietly waits till the one day when I have just had enough. Enough of being patronised through words, body language and actions. Enough of a system that assumes that I am inferior, must earn less and behave in a certain way purely because I am a woman. 

Womens Shoes Cole Haan Cary Venetian Black Nubuck,Clarks Originals Wallabee Shoe CP3884Womens Shoes Cole Haan Elsie Logo Wedge II Blazer Blue WP Patent,,Unisex Shoes Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal Ox Chili Paste,.Womens Boots ECCO Touch 25 Buckle High Black,Clear Weather Lakota Canvas Shoe CP3899Womens Shoes ECCO Nephi T-Strap Buckle Black Leather,.

As many men would be able to testify, once I reached that point of "enoughness" I certainly did not just politely walk off "set".

And so, when someone says, "I feel patronised" or "that is racist" we need to understand that it is always just the tip of the iceberg and all of us (individually and collectively) need to react in a manner that shows some humility and acceptance of our prejudices – intended or not.

Authentic 169717 Adidas Springblade Razor Men Navy Blue Shoes

Womens Shoes ECCO Golf Classic Golf Hybrid White/Titanium,Clarks Originals Trigenic Flex Shoe CP3893Womens Boots GUESS Valerine Leopard Fabric,,Womens Shoes GUESS Ette Natural Synthetic,Womens Boots Hunter Original Short Bright Cerise,.Lacoste Glendon Trainer CP3925Womens Boots Naturalizer Tricia Wide Calf Camel Wide Calf Smooth,.

Read more on:    prejudice  |  racism
X
Womens Sandals Naturalizer Lanna Grey Smooth/Foggy Grey Printed Lizard,

Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

2018-05-30 09:14
NEXT ON NEWS24X
Womens Shoes Naturalizer Sincere Ivory Metallic Leather,

Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

2018-05-30 09:14

SHARE:

Womens Shoes New Balance WF7534 TPU Molded Mid-Cut White/Black,Original Penguin Flava Suede Shoe CP3930Womens Shoes New Balance C696v2 - Tennis Sea Glass,,Womens Shoes New Balance Classics 574 - Core Plus Grey/Red,Womens Shoes Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 5 Wolf Grey/Volt/Black,.adidas Originals Powerphase Trainer CP3994Womens Shoes Nike FS Lite Run 2 Blue Lagoon/White/Tide Pool Blue,.

publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Womens Shoes Nike Zoom Fit 2 Chalk Blue/Ghost Green/Racer Blue/White,adidas Originals Stan Smith Perforated Trainer CP3978Womens Boots PATRIZIA Timandra Taupe,Womens Sandals PATRIZIA Paraiso Gold,Unisex Shoes PUMA Star Black/White,adidas Originals Gazelle OG Perforated Trainer CP4001Womens Shoes PUMA Roma Emboss Zig Zag Snapdragon,

Comment on this story
26 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 

Welcome to News24

Get Published!
UPLOAD
Womens Boots UGG Adyson Gooseberry Leather,
Womens Boots UGG Vilet Pinecone Suede,
/News
Womens Boots UGG Collection Stella Grigio Leather,
Traffic Alerts

Womens Slippers UGG Mellie Black Water Resistant Suede,

Jobs in Western Cape region

Financial Advisor

Western Cape
Lyon Capital

Fieldwork Administrator - Wellington WC

Womens Sandals Vaneli Wianne Black Rimes/Black Elastic,
Womens Shoes Vaneli Maxene Nude Smack Patent,
Womens Shoes Vaneli Akila T.Moro Ecco Suede/Dark Brown Saffiano Royal 85,

Cellular Sales: Store Manager

Womens Shoes Vaneli Blair Truffle Molly Rodi,
Women's Running Blossom Shorts,
Hurley Floral,

TW Velocity Max Woven Solid,

Nike Tech Fleece Hoodie,

APARTMENTS / FLATS FOR SALE IN Mossel Bay, Dana Bay

Apartments / Flats Men's Trefoil Tee,

Golf GT Colour Block Fade Polo,

APARTMENTS / FLATS FOR SALE IN Gordons Bay, Gordons Bay Central

Apartments / Flats NikeLab Gyakusou Utility Shorts,

Women’s Flower Mini Shorts 2 Pack,
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Discount ahg5n mxydd5 August Deals Ultra Boost Mens,
Discount sdxdb 2t5t9y August Deals Yeezy 350 Boost Mens,

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

Online sdqxs 3ifmeg August Deals NMD Mens,adidas Originals Racer Lite Trainer CP4037Outlet aigyi f9qg7u August Deals Yeezy 350 Boost Womens,,Outlet v44a9 p6ahu5 August Deals Nike Roshe Run Womens,Sale dzzb3 wtxuww August Deals ZX Flux Mens,.adidas Originals ZX 500 OG Trainer CP4060Sale vsgnq 28vpyp August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Womens Red,.

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.





Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 
  • Condemned Nation Riesi Roses Print Track Top CP3540
  • Nike Air Max Thea Oatmeal Blinged Out Swarovski Crystal
  • Sunnydaysweety / Tassel Ankle Boots / Khaki
  • Women's Nike Player (NFL Vikings / Teddy Bridgewater) - Sleeveless Top QO827282w
  • Womens Adidas Durama Shock Red/White/Sun Glow W15Q88E
  • Men's Jordan CP3.IX Basketball Shoes Black/Laser Orange/Blue Lagoon/Purple 810868-035
  • Converse Ct As Slip Ox Mens Midnight Black
  • 2015 Newest Retro Air Jordan 11 XI GS Basketball Shoes Charlotte Hornets Mens Purple Teal Sz41-47
  • Adidas UK Shop - Adidas Block Tee (Blue) for Men
  • Lowa Renegade M- Brown B005MOF388
  • 2017 Shop Nike Store Online Men's Nike Sb Paul Rodriguez 8 Blue Force/White/Black Shoes Canada YON4702155
  • Onitsuka Tiger Sherborne Runner - Grey/Yellow Outlet Stores
  • Nike Air Max 2016 Print White/Black/Black M70b5408
  • Women Nike Epic React Flyknit Fashion DarkPink skyblue Running Shoes AQ0070-603 Best
  • Nike Air Max 90 PRM Tape Womens Shoes Fushia LFXV0 Sale Sho
  • Men's Nike Hyperdunk 2013 Basketball Shoes Men Black/Metallic Silver/Gym Red
  • Brilliant Adidas Originals Men White Los Angeles Satisfactory
  • Nike 6.0 Air Mogan White Pacific Blue Green sparkles
  • NFL Detroit Lions Game Jersey (Matthew Stafford) 479386-102 White/Stafford
  • Adidas Shoes Sale Superstar 80S black/whtdow/legacy AD 5893
  • adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Trainer CP4070