19 Jun Femicide and Racism: The Narrative of a Troubled Society
Over the past few months, South Africans have been up in arms over the abductions, killings and exploitation of women. Our society does not seem to be tailored to protect women but to constantly expose their vulnerabilities.
It is very hard to still remain oblivious to the social waves that are generated across social media these days, and it’s even harder to turn a blind eye to the fact that some of these hashtags we often find on the trend list are actually some of the grim realities that are faced by people across our country.
The marginalisation within our society can never go unseen, yet it often goes unaccounted for and this became evident when Zoë Morris referred to other (black) pupils as k*****s for having incorrectly pronounced and spelt her name. As if that derogatory act was not enough to go by, those who came to her defence claimed that she was under “exam stress” and had “tension”.
Just imagine how many people have written exams over the years, to whom it has never occurred to take out their frustrations through a racial gush. What then excuses such behaviour?
It is probably harder to be a black person in this world right now, where your mere co-existence with other races is still seen as somewhat of a ‘privilege’ and you constantly have to prove yourself to a world that has already deemed you unworthy of existing.
We are in the midst of Youth Month and it is troubling to see such vile actions coming from a young person. The very racial injustices that once tore this nation apart, are today, being shielded by people who fail to see reason in the effects of continuous disparagement. It seemingly comes as no surprise that, to this day, legislation has not been enacted to safeguard those victims of hate speech and equally afford them the requisite reprisal.
The biggest division amongst South Africans today is not just along racial lines, political indifferences or gender, it is mainly attributed to who administers social injustices and actually takes a stand and on the other hand, who perceives it all but still chooses to remain mum and inactive about changing the course of these social ills.
If there were a detailed account of our history that didn’t get distorted to shield the truth and atrocities that were endured in the past, we would be far less prone to carrying out this horrid cycle of history into our present and our future.