Melanie Verwoerd
Nike Shox Deliver Girls Grade School Metallic Silver/Pink Pow/White/Blue Lagoon Running Shoes V63639,

Authentic 184679 Nike Dunk Low Women Anthracite White Rainbow Shoes

2018-05-30 07:47

Adidas Crazy 8 Mens Black Basketball Shoes V11973,Men's Shoe Jordan Jumpman Team II 819175-003Adidas D Lillard 2.0 Mens Gold/Dark Grey/Green Glow Basketball Shoes V55850, Adidas J Wall Mens White/Black/Gold Met Basketball Shoes V88046,Adidas Solar Boost Mens Black/Clear Onix Running Shoes V14890,

Womens Shoes Superga 2750 Carvaggio Black

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? 

Adidas Adissage 2.0 Mens Blue/White Slippers V40638,Men's Shoe Jordan Super.Fly 4 PO 819163-407Adidas Pure Boost Sonic Knit Mens Black/Dark Grey Heather Solid Grey Running Shoes V16962,,Adidas Barricade Team 4 Mens Clear Grey/Tech Silver Metallic/Midnight Grey Tennis Shoes V44971,Women's Shoe NikeCourt Zoom Cage 2 705260-644,.Men's Shoe Jordan Super.Fly 4 PO 819163-002Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Mens Bright Crimson/Volt/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V41924,.

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 Flex Run 2015 Mens Black/Dark Grey/Cool Grey Running Shoes V17155,Men's Shoe Jordan Jumpman Team II 819175-417Nike Lunartempo 2 Mens Black/Anthracite/Black Running Shoes V13431,,Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Mens Cool Grey/Anthracite/Ghost Green/Black Running Shoes V46394,Adidas Cc Fresh Bounce Womens Grey White/Midnight Grey Running Shoes V56631,.Men's Shoe Jordan Trainer ST 820253-403Adidas Pure Boost X Womens Black/Shock Green Running Shoes V26180,.

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.

Adidas X 15.3 Fg/Ag Womens White/Frozen Yellow/Night Metallic Soccer Shoes V91330,Men's Shoe Jordan Trainer ST 820253-803Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra Womens Bright Crimson/White Running Shoes V42045,,Nike Air Max 2016 Womens Racer Blue/Chalk Blue/Blue Tint/Black Running Shoes V70838,Adidas Pure Boost Mens Rich Blue/Black/Clear Grey/Snake Print Running Shoes V72499,Men's Shoe Jordan Westbrook 0 Low 850772-015Nike Free Rn Womens White/Pure Platinum/Black Running Shoes V93573,.

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.)

Womens Boots UGG Classic Mini Navy

Nike Lunaracer + 3 Womens Total Crimson/Black/Bright Crimson/White Running Shoes V80713,Men's Shoe Nike Air Berwuda 555305-601Men's Nike Huarache Keystone Mid Black/White UK#N5-9580,,Men's Nike Prime Hype DF II Cool Grey/Black/Metallic Silver/Reflect Silver UK#N5-9028,Nike Kids Revolution 2 Dark Grey/Wolf Grey/White/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9456,Men's Shoe LeBron XIII Lifestyle 806396-100Women's Nike Genicco White/Hyper Punch/Wolf Grey/Bright Mango UK#N5-8733,.

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.

Women's Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit Wash Deep Royal/Metallic Silver UK#N5-9535,Men's Shoe Nike Air Huarache Premium 704830-101Nike Hood Waistpack CP82,,Converse Infant Chuck Taylor All Star High Trainer CP496,adidas Originals Junior Racer Lite CP566,.Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 1 Ultra 2.0 SE 875845-002Timberland Junior 6 Inch Premium Boot CP693,.

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.

Flossy Nursery Plimsole CP764,Men's Shoe Nike Air Huarache Ultra 819685-401Jack & Jones Ben Original SC619 Denim Jean CP867,,Converse Core Chuck Patch Full Zip Hooded Top CP988,,Nicce Track Hooded Top CP1108,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 97 Ultra '17 918356-400Alessandro Zavetti Sila Puffer Jacket CP1199,.

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. 

Brave Soul Shelby Softshell Mac CP1269,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Essential 819474-005FILA Mauro Harrington Jacket CP1370,,Pretty Green Kingsway Harrington Jacket CP1499,.Hawksworth Farne Cable Knit CP1809,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Essential 819474-601Good For Nothing Pique Side Panel Short CP2143,.

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.

Womens Boots UGG Oregon Stout Twinface/Leather

Under Armour Mirage Woven Short CP2217,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 806770-014adidas Originals 90s Beckenbauer Germany Track Top CP3528,,Timberland City Shuffler Chukka Boot CP3773,Clae Ellington Leather Shoe CP3876,.Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 806770-066adidas Originals Superstar East River Rivalry Trainer CP3987,.

Read more on:    prejudice  |  racism
adidas Originals Los Angeles Trainer CP4108,

Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

2018-05-30 09:14
adidas Originals Los Angeles Trainer CP4182,

Local government is in crisis. How it can be fixed

2018-05-30 09:14


Cortica Epic Runner Trainer CP4314,Men's Shoe Nike Air Trainer (Victor Cruz) 777535-001Cruyff Santi Mesh Cobra Trainer CP4436,,Lacoste Bayliss Vulcanised Premium Trainer CP4529,Nike Takedo SB Trainer CP4651,.Men's Shoe Nike Air Presto 848132-401Nike Stefan Janoski Max Trainer CP4725,.

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.

Puma R698 Core Leather Trainer CP4902,Men's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 844545-001Reebok Furylite Trainer CP4996,Vans Atwood Canvas Trainer CP5117,Toms Womens Avalon Sneaker Shoe CP5252,Men's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 749338-004Womens Shoes adidas BBNEO Raleigh Mid Black/Black/White,

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Welcome to News24

Get Published!
Womens Boots C Label Nata-11B White,
Womens Sandals C Label Rollin-13 Black,
Womens Boots Calvin Klein Jeans Cassey Espresso/Dark Brown Black Waxy Linen/Leather,
Traffic Alerts

Womens Sandals Calvin Klein Jeans Valeri Cloud Leather,

Jobs in Western Cape region

Financial Advisor

Western Cape
Lyon Capital

Fieldwork Administrator - Wellington WC

Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Goldie Winter Taupe/Ematitie Leather/Box Metallic,
Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Patna Dancer Pink/Jazzberry Leather,
Womens Sandals CARLOS by Carlos Santana Kaden Black,

Cellular Sales: Store Manager

Womens Boots Clarks Kearns Sirena Burgundy,
Womens Sandals Clarks Tustin Sahara Black Leather,
Womens Shoes Clarks Arbor Opal Grey,

Womens Shoes Clarks Bayham Rose Black,

Womens Boots COACH Felicia Black Suede,


Apartments / Flats Womens Shoes COACH Steffi Warm Pewter Mirror Metallic,

Womens Shoes COACH Emerald Black Plaid Wool/Nappa,

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

Apartments / Flats Womens Sandals Cole Haan Arden High Wedge Sandstone,

Womens Shoes Cole Haan Magnolia Skimmer Sandstone Embossed Patent,

HOUSES FOR SALE IN Touws River, Schoemansville

Houses Womens Shoes Cole Haan LunarGrand Wing Tip Elderberry/Silvercloud,

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
Womens Shoes Nike Golf Lunar Empress White/Dark Grey/Pure Platinum,
Womens Sandals PATRIZIA Paxi Black,


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

Womens Shoes Reebok Crossfit Sprint 2.0 SBL Electric Peach/White/Royal,Men's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 92 Premium 844654-002Womens Boots Rocket Dog Otis Black Blankie,,Womens Boots Sam Edelman Alyssa Black Leather,Womens Sandals Sam Edelman Camilla Black/Leather,.Men's Shoe Nike Flex Experience RN 4 Premium 749174-018Womens Shoes Saucony Fastwitch Berry/Blue/Orange,.

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.

  • Men's Shoe Jordan J23 854557-011
  • VANS TRAINERSS / SOES SIZE 8 (42 ) [K65u2597]
  • Cheap Nike Dunk Sky Hi City Pack - Tokyo #598216-003
  • G-Star Tanker Mens Boots in Black Navy Q3777
  • Men Trainers Converse Jack Purcell Ox Leather Plimsolls
  • New Dolce & Gabbana Double Breasted Blazer For Women Online
  • Low-Down Price ANN DEMEULEMEESTER Ponyskin & Knit Jacket - Black Men's Leather Jackets - 91WQ957
  • FC247 Elastico Finale III Indoor Competition Soccer Shoes Volt White Wolf Grey Black For Men
  • Men Ralph Lauren Flag Sweaters Usa
  • Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier IV(4) Basketball Shoe dark blue white
  • 2017 Nike New Men's Nike Internationalist Racer Blue/Sail/Sail Shoes Canada TQO7403385
  • Nike Air Max Lunar1 Leather Quickstrike - Mahogany/Mahogany-Island Green Store
  • New Balance 711v2 Heathered Trainer U40j1032
  • Women's Bikini Top - Hurley One And Only Bandeau - Bright Pink
  • Nike Flex Series 2015 Women Running Shoes Fluorescent Green White
  • Discount Adidas Marathon Women Adidas Marathon TR 13 Women's Running Shoes Light Adidas Marathon TR 10M Trail Schuhe yellow black 45
  • Cheap Air Jordan 17 White / Black / Copper 304709-103 Basketball Shoes
  • Mens Nike Air Max 2011 Shoes - Yellow/Black
  • The North Face Ultra Tr Ii Trail Running Shoes Men Black/Yellow
  • Men's Shoe Nike F.C. Free Hypervenom 2 747140-004