Melanie Verwoerd
Men's Shoe Nike Darwin 819803-005,

Nike Ace Melt Away

2018-05-30 07:47

Men's Shoe Nike Shox Avenue Leather 833584-006,Nike 5" Wildhorse,Men's Shoe Nike Air Huarache Ultra Breathe 833147-400, NIKE FLYKNIT ZOOM AGILITY Blue Lagoon/Hyper Grape/Polarized Blu,NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultrafly Unisex Tennis Shoe (Men's Sizing) 819692-107,

Women's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Strong 843975-400

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? 

Women's Shoe Nike Free TR 6 833413-002,Nike MM Fly Blade,Nike Cortez 07 Boys Preschool White/Black Running Shoes V86331,,Nike Free 5.0 2015 Boys Grade School Game Royal/Neo Turquoise/Light Retro/Black Running Shoes V55021,Adidas J Wall Mens Scarlet/White Basketball Shoes V74027,.Jordan Flight Lite,Adidas Samba Millennium Mens Black/White/Gold Soccer Shoes V34465,.

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.

Nike Air Zoom Structure 19 Flash Mens Black/Reflective Silver/Cool Grey/Pure Platinum Running Shoes,Running Tights,Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 Womens Frozen Green/White Running Shoes V54220,,Nike Air Huarache Womens Rio Teal/Rio Teal/Black Running Shoes V72613,Nike Flex Run 2015 Womens Wolf Grey/Fierce Purple/Atomic Pink/Hyper Orange Running Shoes V98202,.Nike All Time 8 Bit Pullover,Men's Nike Tiempo Mystic V IC Pure Platinum/Black/Hyper Orange UK#N5-8940,.

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.

Women's Nike Flex Flury Copa/Blue Lagoon/Stratus Blue/Black UK#N5-9019,UK Sale Nike Zoom KD VI 6 Mens Shoes Yellow eA1mlpEY,Flossy Infant Plimsole CP510,,Converse Nursery Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Trainer CP740,Creative Recreation Concord Lounge Hooded Top CP1019,Authentic 8qct7 zxpua5 August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Mens Black,Carhartt Anchorage Parka Jacket CP1287,.

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.)

Adidas D Lillard 1.0 Boys Grade School Black/White/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V35731

The North Face Sangro Jacket CP1520,Authentic qvz4g wk7yya August Deals Superstar Womens,Umbro Rio Jord Short CP2215,,Toms Classic Slip On Espadrille CP3808,adidas Originals San Remo Trainer CP4061,Buy 67nhr axnine August Deals Superstar Womens White,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Trainer CP4305,.

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.

New Balance MRT580 Suede Trainer CP4566,Buy s5vkp gbv48g August Deals Nike Blazer Womens,Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot CP4848,,Vans SK8-Hi Reissue Leather Trainer CP5111,Womens Shoes adidas Advantage Clean VS White/White/Navy,.Cheap 9cgyt sdib6z August Deals Nike Air Max 1 Womens,Womens Sandals Aerosoles Wip Away White,.

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 Boots ALDO Gella Cognac,Cheap qtnfh t2c66u August Deals ZX Flux Mens,Womens Boots Anne Klein Damina Dark Taupe Suede,,Womens Shoes ASICS Gel-Galaxy 8 Dark Grey/Silver/Flash Coral,,Womens Shoes C Label Dainty - 30 Black,Discount bp2tg 25dgme August Deals Nike Air Max 2016 Mens,Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Annika Black Microsuede,.

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 Boots CARLOS by Carlos Santana Macomb Black,Discount sg3av 75ugfy August Deals Nike Air Max 95 Mens,Womens Sandals Clarks Alto Gull White Leather,,Womens Shoes Clarks Un Casey Black Leather,.Womens Sandals COACH Cottage Chalk Soft Vegan Leather,Online g7w8m i8zvuk Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Womens Flower Shoes,Womens Shoes COACH Moonlight High Top Natural/Black Leather/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.

Adidas Crazy Light 3 Mens Pride Blue/Electricity/White Basketball Shoes V69464

Womens Shoes Cole Haan Bradshaw Sling 40 Black,Online yc6sd uwzmff August Deals Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Moire 1 Mens,Womens Shoes Cole Haan Lena Open Toe Pump 75 Dark Silver Metallic,,Womens Shoes ECCO Auckland Loafer Black,Womens Shoes GUESS Jacoba Natural Suede,.Outlet pfier u7p5sg August Deals Superstar Mens Blue,Womens Sandals Naturalizer Jazzy Tender Taupe Leather/Mocha Metallic,.

Read more on:    prejudice  |  racism
Womens Shoes New Balance WT1210V2 Bright Cherry,

Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

2018-05-30 09:14
Womens Shoes New Balance Classics WL696 Sandstone Suede/Textile/Leather,

Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

2018-05-30 09:14


Womens Shoes Nike Zoom Fit 2 Chalk Blue/Ghost Green/Racer Blue/White,Sale d4s5y qrrdgc August Deals Nike Blazer Low Womens,Womens Sandals PATRIZIA Zozma Black,,Womens Shoes Reebok ZPump Fusion Batik Blue/Cool Breeze/Neon Cherry/White,Womens Boots Sam Edelman Patton Wide Calf Black,.Sale w669p b527en August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pink,Womens Shoes Sam Edelman Felicia Black Twiggy Sequins,.

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 Superga 2095 Studslin W By Jennifer Meyer White,UK nrgeg 9fhfzp August Deals Nike Roshe Run Womens,Womens Boots UGG Kestrel Black Suede,Womens Slippers UGG Scuffette II Woven Metallic Suede Black Suede,Womens Shoes Vaneli Bonnee Black Nappa/Black Smack Met Patent,Comfortable 182664 New Balance Kids Kl574 Kid Red Yellow Shoes,Womens Shoes Vaneli Louise Black Suede,

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Welcome to News24

Get Published!
Cheap 3q4ex 79aimr August Deals Nike Air Presto Mens,
Cheap t8n2n 8aqh9b August Deals Nike Air Presto Mens,
Discount u3md9 izzgqc August Deals Nike Roshe Run Womens,
Traffic Alerts

Online qdmec hrpvyx August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Mens,

Jobs in Western Cape region

Financial Advisor

Western Cape
Lyon Capital

Fieldwork Administrator - Wellington WC

Outlet q6xgb awcb6s August Deals Nike Air Max 90 Essential Womens,
Sale p8zuz yi5gkw Cheap Adidas Superstar Womens Shoes,
UK unt3c 9ixfwf August Deals Nike Blazer Womens,

Cellular Sales: Store Manager

Comfortable 201010 Adidas Springblade Razor Men Grey Orange Black Shoes,
Inexpensive 216926 Asics Gelnoosa Tri 9 Men White Navy Yellow Shoes,
Buy 197986 Nike Air Classic BW Si Men Black White Shoes,

Buy 176707 Nike Air Max Men Light Grey Black White Shoes,

Shopping 186049 Nike Air Max 180 Men White Green Shoes,


Apartments / Flats Comfortable 242095 Nike Air Max Ltd Men Black Red Shoes,

Comfortable 195886 Nike Classic Cortez Nylon Men Dark Green White Shoes,

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

Apartments / Flats Shopping 225320 Nike Dunk Low Men Red Black Shoes,

Comfortable 177004 Nike Free Run 3 Men Grey White Red Shoes,

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Touws River, Schoemansville

Houses Discount 186651 Nike Lunarelite Men Black Silver Shoes,

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
New Balance Women Coupon_1372,
Nike Kevin Durant War Boots Men Coupon_1767,


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 network.


Location Settings

Men's Running Shoe Nike Flyknit Air Max 620469-102,Inexpensive 178245 Air Jordan 12 Retro Men Obsidian Blue White Blue Shoes,MEN'S SHOE NIKE AIR MAX 95 ULTRA JACQUARD 749771-007,,Men's Shoe Nike Lunar Force 1 Flyknit Workboot 855984-001,Men's Weightlifting Shoe Nike Romaleos 3 852933-700,.Shopping 199066 Air Jordan IX Retro Men White Blue Flint Grey Shoes,NIKE LUNAR CONTROL White/Blue Lagoon/Cool Grey,.

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.

  • Online 6afgk ta6qfh August Deals Nike Air Presto Mens
  • Adidas Jeremy Scott Unisex Pink Red White Shoes Model:A327
  • New Balance WL574 Grey
  • Unisex NikeCourt Air Zoom Ultrafly Clay - Tennis Shoe KX859665s
  • Light Crimson Basketball - Light Crimson Light Crimson 2QJ1073 - Jordan Flight Victory Shorts - Clothing - Men's
  • Vibram Five Fingers Mens Shoes Grey
  • Puma Popcat Womens Blue
  • Nike Flyknit Zoom Agility Training Shoes Blue Lagoon Hyper Grape Polarized Blue White For Women
  • * Adidas Ladies Yellow Black Sl Summer Breathable Wat Women
  • New Balance NB 420 Womens Sneakers Red White Grey
  • New Balance Men 997 Explore by Sea M997DSAI Made In USA (tan / brown)
  • Specials Nike Tiempo Rio IC Football Trainer Mens White/Black/Org 722210ND
  • Cheap Kobe Bryant 5 Black Purple Golden Yellow
  • Nike KD 7 VII Bad Apple Sneaker
  • Nike Dunk High Premium SB Unisex Shoes Dark Obsidian/White/Gym Red/Dark Obsidian
  • Keep warm Adidas Superstar Supercolor adidas Superstar 80s Primeknit Hype DC
  • 1524 Popularity Nike Air Max 90 Hyperfuse Qs Men Blue Orange Shoes
  • Nike Air Force 1 AC Low PRM Nylon Pack University Red Black
  • Women Geox D Shahira A D44n1a Trainers - Rubber - Black - 8687830fg
  • On Running Womens Shoes / Gray Pink Shoes On Running Cloud Running Shoes BR286567f1c