WTF Friday, 4/13/2012

“Others recount being warned by white neighbors not to slaughter animals for festive occasions, or being mistaken for a prostitute simply for having drinks in a bar full of white patrons.” Wow. #capetowndoessoundawesome.

Give freedom to children around the world through the stats of your favorite baseball players. For example, you can pledge $1 every time Matt Holliday hits a home run, or you can give $5 for every game your favorite team wins.” Pressure’s on guys. I know it’s early in the season but you better start playing well or these humans are gonna get trafficked all summer long.

“Not only President Chavez but certainly his supporters and certainly the people handling his political campaign are taking full advantage of [his illness]. And I think it would be crazy for them not to do so.” Yea, that’s what would be crazy.

Chris Maggio

One Comment

  1. I’m from Cape Town, so I felt the need to comment (full disclosure: I’m white). This article is painfully true. I think a lot of Cape Town’s continued racism is due to our unique geography, which has meant that areas set up under Apartheid for different “races” have tended to stay distinct, and have not mixed as much as elsewhere in the country. I have very few brown friends, and it’s not due to prejudice! Just the difficulty in meeting people of different colours casually causes these continued rifts.

    I want to say, though, that there are those of us who acknowledge the problem and are working hard to change it. We picked the school my daughters go to (I have two, one much darker than the other) based on how culturally mixed it is, we vocally disapprove of any racist sentiment mentioned in our presence, and we try to expand our social contact. School helps – we do more mixing on play dates for our daughters than anywhere else – but it’s hard to break down social norms. I hate the fact that I get called “mate” or “brother” by white homeless people, but “master” or “sir” by black homeless people.

    My hope is that the next generation will bring real change – in many more places than before, the schools are actually representative of the demographics of the city, and in some I know of personally, there are no lines drawn on the colour of your skin. Sadly, this is not true everywhere.

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