All whites are racist – Gillian Schutte

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She received a serious tongue lashing from some of her Facebook followers.

Social activist Gillian Schutte took to her Facebook page to express her view on the burning issue of race in the country.

“I agree with the position of the radical Black youth of today’s struggle against whiteness. Why should they point out the ‘good whites’ or even be cognizant of the possibility that ‘not all whites are racist’,” Schutte said.

Schutte says “all whites are racist by virtue of their birth into a system of privilege based on a false construct of race, thus I say all whites are racist until whiteness is defunct”.

The activist said the only “race struggle” white people should be engaging in was the obliteration of the whiteness they were supposedly born into.

“The only race struggle whites should engage in is to obliterate the whiteness they are born into … with no expectation of ‘exceptionalism’ or accolades for being a good white. As Noel Ignatiev has written – the point is not to interpret whiteness but to abolish it. Why should the neurosis of whiteness become a black person’s problem?”

 

She claimed racism was found in what people did not do, thus, “the blank spaces of inaction [allegedly by “good whites”] is where the truth is found”.

“What use are good whites anyway, when 22 years later nothing much has changed for the majority of black people in SA? What did the good white syndrome do to change the systemic nature of racism? Good whites will even learn the words to struggle songs and toyi toyi next to the oppressed – but will they give up their positions for the sake of transformation?”

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As usual, she received a serious tongue lashing from some of her Facebook followers.

Azaad Hayat argued: “So, in the same vein of your broadening the parameters of the definition of being racist, all Jews in Israel are Zionists by virtue of their benefiting from the status quo. All the silent non-Nazi Germans were, similarly, Nazis during that horrendous reign…….and on and on we can go generalising and placing people into large, little categories. You are very adept at promoting racism.”

Schutte responded: “Yes absolutely … no self-respecting Jew should have anything to do with Israel. Americans should be much more defiant against the use of drones and heinous US foreign policy too.”

Schutte made international headlines after exposing Judge Mabel Jansen’s views on black people being rapists last month. Jansen came under fire for saying rape was part of “black men’s culture”. She made the comments in a private conversation with Schutte‚ who is a liberal journalist and filmmaker.

Also read: Another white woman drops k-bombs

The woman hurled racist abuse at police officers who arrived to try to help her after she was robbed.

Barely days after Penny Sparrow was fined R150 000 for calling black people monkeys, another white woman has let fly with a shocking racist diatribe.

TV news channel eNCA has broadcast amateur footage taken by a bystander of the woman taking out her anger at being the victim of a smash and grab incident in Johannesburg.

On film, she says: “One k****r is bad enough. This happens all the time, all the time. The k*****s here in Johannnesburg are terrible, I’m so sick of it.”

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She claimed that blacks in Durban were of a higher “calibre” than those in Johannesburg and complained that her “50 phone calls” had not been answered.

She told the policemen she was willing to accept help from an officer of any other race, but not them. She also threatened to drive over black people and shoot them.

The officers told her to calm down or face being arrested.

eNCA reported that the woman had not yet been identified, but it has since emerged that her name is Vicky Momberg.

 

Also read: Let’s not stereotype all the racists

They’re not all the same, you guys.

The woman who was caught on camera saying gillianpeople in Durban are of a higher calibre clearly disagrees with Penny Sparrow’s assessment of black people in January this year.

The unnamed woman in the video, who appears to be trying to say the k-word as many times as she possibly can after a smash-and-grab incident in Johannesburg, says: “I can tell you now, the calibre of blacks in this town vary from the calibre of blacks in Durban. They’re opinionated, they’re arrogant and they’re just plain and simple useless.”

Clearly, in her view, black people in Durban must therefore be more acceptable because they lack opinions, are humble (maybe she prefers to hear the words “miesies” and “madam” before an encounter with a black person is acceptable), and they are useful. I wonder what her definition of a “useful black person” is?

All this aside, not only have we now learnt through instructive public rant that racists are capable of distinguishing between different kinds of black people – instead of merely seeing them as a homogeneous group, haha – but we have also discovered that it would be misleading to paint all white racists with the same brush.

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They do not think the same, and we need to acknowledge this diversity among them and overcome our stereotypes about them. White racists are clearly not a homogeneous group either.

We could, however, be misconstruing Sparrow on her views about black people in Durban – and in fact, it could turn out that Sparrow and the woman in the video really do think that monkeys are cute, and so we should probably all agree that the cute monkey-like qualities of black people in Durban truly raise the bar for the ways black people should conduct themselves in public.

Seriously, at this point, it is hard to tell, but isn’t it thrilling to discover that not all racists are the same and that this translates to a different fate for each – meaning there is a possibility that this most recent one maybe won’t attract the same empathy that inspires online fundraising projects once the Equality Court demands the inevitable hefty fine of her. Although first we need to be told who she is. Source : http://citizen.co.za/

 

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