I just got really mad.
The latest slogans and behaviour at our Universities:-
Fuck whites. Fuck the whites. Kill the whites.
Burn paintings. Burn cars. Force students out of their residences. Petrol bomb the Vice Chancellor’s office. Hate Speech. Bullying behaviour.
None of it is okay. And we need to say loud and clear it is not okay.
Talk, rather than burn. Debate. Teach. Learn. People will listen.
We need to collectively look for solutions. But this – the hatred, the anger, the racism, because this is racism – is not to be ignored. And should never be condoned. And the silence. That especially is not okay. Our voices need to be heard. All voices need to be heard.
What is going on here, Cape Town today, Johannesburg tomorrow, a book burned yesterday, a car today, maybe a person tomorrow. It is not okay. We all have things to learn. Behaviour to change. Amends to make. But it is not going to work through fire.
And if we are silent, it will grow.
And the fires will explode. It feels like we are close.
Our leaders need to come forward. We need new leaders. We need to work collectively. We need to work as one.
We need to stop wasting time. And being scared.
Pics taken at Wits University.