2016 Jan 20 - Penny Sparrow and other racists
Penny Sparrow saga has opened a Pandora's Box of hidden emotions and
has gone a long way in revealing the true character of many people and
institutions across the country.
"As she was a member of the real
estate industry it was decided that we as a company within that
industry, were somewhat obligated to make a statement in this regard,"
said Deirdre Fibiger,a director of Property Network.
"Prior to our comments regarding the specific matter, we believe it is neccessary to make the following clear," she said.
- As a company we abhor and detest racism - in any form
believe racism is the fruit of believing in the concept of colour and
therefore do not subscribe to any method of classification that defines
a human being based on the colour of their skin
are a fully integrated company across shareholding, management and
staff and will effect the dismissal of any person within the company
that operates from any point of prejudice
We believe that a clear distinction must be drawn between insults and
racism. Calling someone a baboon is NOT neccesarily racist and the word
has a long association within all cultures of depicting someone as
acting stupidly. In Afrikaans, it is quite common to to hear the terms
"Jou aap" or Jou bobejaan" - within their own people. Many English
terms have these words used - "He went ape" to describe reckless
behaviour. "A monkey is silk is a monkey no less", words made famous in
a song by Rodrigues. In the Ukraine it is used to insult an old, bulky
woman, amongst Germas to depict stupidity and the Portuguese to say you
are ugly. To classify all these people across the world as racist
beacuse they use the word, ape, baboon or monkey is extremely far
While the word baboon is not racist by definition, we do however
believe that those using it must excercise understandng and have
empathy with the recipients due to the history of our country. It
carries connotations in SA and is hurtful to many. Conversely, people
should not be shouting racist, especially our leaders, whenever they
are offended but rather deal with the matter and the person,
Our country is in the process of nation building. A process that is
being undermined by racists as well as those who would use racism for
their own agenda. Both are equally despicable. These people must be
dealt with. If an ANC leader calls for people to be burnt he must be
removed from office and face justice. If an employee is racist the
company must dismiss them and move on. If a church member discriminates
the church must terminat etheri membership publicly. If a Julius Malema
type leader makes blatant public racist comments, gis followers and
party must show their integrity and remove him from his position. The
fight against racism must be escalated but with transparency, integrity
and equality. To make an excuse for one is to make an excuse for all.
Racism is a crime in our country. These have been a thousand voices
shouting racism across the last two decades of our democracy and yet no
court cases. We strongly believe that racism must be dealt with swiftly
end effectively via our courts and those guilty made to pay. We are no
longer a new nation but have come 21 years into freedom. There can be
no more excuses. No one must be immune from prosecution. No excuse must
be tolerated. And those who shout racism to further their own personal
agendas or simply because they have nothing else to say must be dealt
with as harshly.
We must never allow the individuals, the media, politicians and uber
liberal social media junkies to detract us from the many positives that
abound in our country. Or to divert our attention away from other
critical issues. If we do then they have succeeded and we as a nation
have lost. Racists, radicals and naysayers are a minority in our
country. We need to stop giving them the majority space.
Empty promises, words and actions around racism only make the problem
worse. Raising expections without fulfillment builds resentment.
Discussion for the sake of it raises awareness where none might have
existed. For this reason we do not support empty initiatives such as
the DA pledge from all members - Racism is a crime. Compliance is a
given. Taking action against any member should be a given. To use the
current spread of hurt and hate to make a political statement is cheap.
Is Penny Sparrow a racist? We do not know. We have never met her. From
what abounds on social media, there appears to be a good case for the
affirmative. We have also read on the internet however that the earth
is flat and have therefore learnt to not depend on Facebook, Twitter or
other platforms to find the truth. There seems to be enough prima facie
evidence to have charges laid against her. We would see the process of
justice take it's course and a verdict based on the facts - and if
guilty, a firm sentence with a clear message handed down.
Was she a baboon for for voicing such comments on social media? Without a doubt.
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