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A comprehensive guide to white privilege in South Africa

After spending two hours on Aubrey Masango’s Radio 702 show Talk@9 this week, fielding questions and accusations around my views on racism and attempting to explain white privilege to white callers, I decided to write an extensive guide to recognising white privilege, borrowing from this anonymous Thought Catalog document, which extrapolates from Richard Dyer’s work on white privilege, and reworking it into the South African context.

[Note: This blog has been updated. Although there were links to the original work posted by “Anonymous” on the Thought Catalog website, the original version failed to explicitly reference the original work and, where direct quotes were used, did not make adequate reference to the source material. This was pointed out by Jacques Rousseau on his blog.

However, I believe his suggestion that I have quoted from Richard Dyer’s work is erroneous as I borrowed only from the Thought Catalog text, openly and with three linked references.

While the links provided have been deemed inadequate referencing in this case, it is my understanding that “embedding material by reference (sometimes called an embedding form of hypertext link) causes the embedded material to become a part of the embedding document” as stated by Tim Berners-Lee in his commentary on links and the law.

No attempt was made to hide the fact that this piece was intended to be an extrapolation of the Thought Catalog post, adapted for the South African context. Direct quotes from the Thought Catalog post have now either been placed in block quotes or referred to explicitly in the revised post below.]

1. White privilege, like whiteness itself, is almost indefinable to white people. There are few words to describe the invisible. However, white privilege is only invisible to white people and to those people of colour/black people who benefit and buy into white privilege.

2. Many whites in South Africa are generally unwilling to engage in the topic of racism – most crying out that we “must move beyond race’ and that they “do not see colour”. This is the new phenomenon of “colourblind racism” that denies and ignores the fact that for people of colour/black people, race still matters because they still experience it. This is because colourblind white people still practice racism.

They will make blanket statements like “we don’t have slavery anymore” or “there’s a black president now” or, even worse, “all of that stuff happened so long ago.” But that’s just it – it didn’t happen all that long ago, actually, and it is still happening. Cultural amnesia.

3. These white folk will make statements such as “we don’t have apartheid anymore” or “there’s a black president now” and “all of that stuff happened so long ago and now there is BEE which has made us the victims of black racism or black supremacy”. But 20 years is not that long ago and it will take decades for the pain and destruction of our history to subside.

4. Because of the transitional system of reconciliation, which seemed only to benefit white folk – coupled with the implementation of a business-biased macroeconomic policy – whites have continued to benefit hugely from the system. Economic studies have shown that many whites have in fact grown richer in the past 20 years – while the majority of blacks and smaller pockets of whites and minority groups have just grown poorer.

5. Yes, there is a burgeoning black middle class and many white people will often use this to point out that blacks are taking over and “stealing” their opportunities. This sense of ownership over opportunities is a sure sign of white privilege.

6. White privilege means not recognising that there is no such thing as Black Supremacy as black folk have not occupied and oppressed the world under a dominant ideology of Blackness.

7. There were also no “benefits” to black people under the colonial and apartheid rule, though some whites will argue that whites “brought civilisation to Africa for the blacks”. They did not. They built “civilisation” on the backs of black slavery, for themselves, and were just recently forced to share the spoils of their exploitative history with the indigenous people of this land.

8. This is because black people fought a long and hard struggle to overturn a system from which they received no benefits. White privilege means you do not make the connection between the struggle and a system of historically racialised oppression.

9. Whenever BEE comes up as a way to create opportunities for the previously disadvantaged, a white person is sure to say, “Race shouldn’t matter as much as merit. I don’t think people should be judged on the colour of their skin. Everyone should be judged regardless of their colour.” So why then do white people continue to judge black people according to their skin colour? Why does critique of blackness by the white regime always centre on their morphology, their blackness, ‘their culture‘, ‘their penis‘, ‘their bad use of English‘ among other things? This message is implicit and sometimes explicit in white critique of blackness, whether in news reportage, art, satire, cartoons or columns.

10. The default here is that white people have more merit and capability and are therefore more deserving of opportunities.

11. White privilege is accusing people of drawing the race card when whites are critiqued for being racist and then saying skin colour has got nothing to do with it.

12. As per Thought Catalog, “It is true race isn’t theoretically about skin colour,” race is “a systemic, governmental, juridical set of processes” rooted firmly in an exploitative history that have embedded “racial inequalities”. Race is a set of laws that are entrenched to favour whiteness and that most often vicitimise black folk.

13. Race is the law that becomes apartheid and is then replaced by neo-colonialism. As the poster on Thought Catalog points out, race is the hysterical “stereotype that if a black family moves into a neighbourhood”, property values plummet and noise levels go up, as we often see locally, when too many black kids move into a private or public school it soon sees whites leaving the school. Race is shooting 44 striking black men dead because black working class bodies still have very little value in a white dominated system and many white people will think and say that they deserved it. Race is the common white assumption that all black people are lazy even though between 4am and 7am, the streets are filled with black folk making their way to badly paid jobs in white areas because they work hard to survive and feed and clothe their families.

14.

White privilege is reflected the second a person asks why we are still talking about race.

15. These people act offended, angry and often hyper-aggressive if another person calls out and probes their white privilege. As pointed out on Thought Catalog,they assert vociferously that questioning their whiteness is “reverse discrimination”. They accuse white people who interrogate whiteness of being mad and ‘other’ them in dehumanising terms.

16. White privilege is accusing a black person who critiques whiteness of being racist.

17. White privilege is asking your badly paid maid to unpack your daily clothes-buying splurges in which you spend more in one day than you pay her for the month.

18. White privilege is asserting on a public platform that a white woman learning to Twerk is some sort of nation building exercise.

19. There are 56-million people in South Africa. Half of those people live below the breadline – the majority of poor people are black. This means they are trapped in a system that favours whiteness and white business at the expense of the poor. Many white people will blame this entirely on the government and while government must be critiqued for failing to adequately change the system and deliver to the poor, white people refuse to see the role of white greed and corporate power in this systemically skewed and racialised economy.

20. White privilege is investing in red rhino horns and demonising impoverished black poachers while never once considering marching against hunger or pointing their fingers at those at the top of the value chain in poaching, which is, sometimes, a white game farm owner.

21.

“I don’t see race” or “we should all just look past race” are two general statements that can only be said by a person for whom race is not a daily struggle.

22. White privilege is entrenched entitlement because it is the authority to continuously demand presence of whiteness in all transformation processes and using black representation to further their “causes” only when it suits them. If white people are not in charge of transformation processes, which has become a white industry, they cry racism.

23. If black organisations spring up to take charge of their own representation and transformation white people will use sympathetic media to make a huge hullaballoo about the exclusion of whiteness and label it racism instead of seeing it as self-determination. This has ensured that the means-of-production has mostly remained in the hands of white business and has created another industry from which whites can benefit – the constant training of black people.

24. White privilege is being able to endlessly exploit black body for financial gains and pat themselves on their backs for doing “good” and “beneficial” work.

25. White privilege is the groundless fear that affirmative action programs are going to open the way for “the blacks to take over”, or more specifically to take “my position” at university or in the workplace. As the poster on Thought Catalog points out, white privilege is the assumption that the position is yours by default of being white.

26. In South Africa black people have also often been overlooked for coloured or Indian people for leadership positions in institutions of learning. This is because white people perceive minorities as less threatening and have more inherent trust in those who are not “fully black”. It is a deeply entrenched prejudice towards blackness that has been cultivated and passed down from generation to generation over the past four centuries.

27. White privilege is not noticing that in a country that is majority black and has a black government, the amount of black teachers and lecturers in schools, colleges and universities is not representative of the country’s demographics. Neither is the number of black directors of NGOs in civil society, or owners of film companies and media outlets. The corporate world remains largely untransformed too.

28. White privilege is blaming this on perceived black incompetence rather that seeing how the system is designed to provide opportunities for white people, then Indian and coloured people, and lastly black people, excluding the small black elite and elements of burgeoning black middle class. This is the racialised hierarchy of privilege entrenched in the apartheid system and still in place today. White privilege is accepting this status quo to preserve white benefit and ignoring the negative impact it has on the next generation.

29. White privilege is also blaming the poor for their poverty instead of looking at systemic issues that create poverty.

30. White privilege means not constantly having your intelligence or integrity questioned just because you are black. It means not having to work that much harder just to safeguard yourself from deleterious critique when you achieve prominence. It means never having to second-guess yourself about your competence or being sideswiped by disparaging comments by white people who are shaken by your success. It means not automatically being suspected of being open to corruption. It means not being racially profiled as the rapist, the tsotsi, the hijacker and the monster in the shadows, simply because you are black and male. It means that if you are raped you are more likely to see justice.

31. Whiteness is invisible to white people.

A white person doesn’t think of themselves as white. We are just people.

White people very quickly revert to being white when they need to differentiate themselves from perceived “bad behaviours” of “these people” though.

32. As the Thought Catalog poster points out, when we talk about white privilege, we’re not only talking about being wealthy. Wealth is about class and we all know there is a small elite class of black and minority groups in South Africa (onto whom many whites project all elements of corruption and unfair power acquisition as they somehow think blacks do not deserve to be rich). What we are talking about a set of automatic but invisible advantages, like never being told that we speak well.

No one has ever told me that I have good diction or that I speak well because I’m white.

It means never having someone walk towards you with a face-cracking smile that seeks to prove that this white person is okay with black folk and is inwardly congratulating herself for her magnanimous and non-racial attitudes. It means never being spoken to in broken stilted English in a fake African accent.

33. White privilege is knowing that the stuff you are taught at schools and universities is largely centred on your culture and value system.

34. White privilege is appropriating aspects of black culture in carnivalesque situations such as Rag or pantomime or as some kind of fun celebration but then returning to whiteness with no inkling of the experience of living black.

35. White privilege is claiming you are “African” and into “Ubuntu” but doing and saying nothing about the inequalities you see around you, thus maintaining your white privilege while assuming commonality and brotherhood with those exploited by the system of which you are a beneficiary.

36. It means co-opting and appropriating black words to push your own business while not fully understanding or practicing the meaning of the indigenous knowledge that you colonise with little reflection on the privileged act of stealing from black awareness.

37. White privilege is thinking it is normal to say you are not racist because you have no problem with “these people”.

38.

Not all white people are racist, but all white people have white privilege.

This is so even in a country that is African – because we belong to and are privileged by a “white regime” that is global and not just a local neo-colonial phenomenon.

I know I have white privilege, and that definitely impacts how I relate to the world and it shapes the kinds of relationships I cultivate … When you understand your own white privilege, you’ll be better equipped to see and understand systemic discrimination and inequality.

39. The first step to overcoming racism is recognising you have white privilege. You cannot deconstruct a social construct if you do not recognise how you have benefitted from it as a white person. While I have never really been economically privileged, with a single-mother household for most of my childhood, I know I have white privilege and that definitely effects how I relate to society and shapes how I choose to live in the world.

When you are cognisant of your own white privilege, you are better equipped to “see and understand systemic discrimination and inequality” and begin to deconstruct it from within. It is hard to imagine being anti-racist without being anti-imperialst and anti-neoliberal as these are the very systems that perpetuate inequality and racism globally.”

40. I am sure there are many more examples of white privilege and I invite readers to please add to this list by sending me your examples of white privilege.

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    • Parktown_Prawn

      Gillian: Your explanation is simply not sufficient. I have now gone back and done the reading of the pieces at issue. Your explanation for your “oversights” or lack of adherence to convention and so on is indeed very weak. You sound just like any other business or government hack defending the way they do things. When push comes to shove, even the most sanctimonious sound like Jimmy Manyi in his GCIS heyday.

      As someone who wants the dreadful white people to come to terms with their awfulness, you should set the example of how you want us to behave. Come on out and admit that you did something wrong. Admit that you did it deliberately. Do not revert to the spin-doctor-y explanations that you so despise. Say you are sorry. Not that you are sorry this has happened. Not that you are sorry that some people are offended by plagiarism. Just a genuine sorry that you — Gillian — did something wrong.

      You are the one who chose to live by the sword of high-handed arrogance and dismissiveness of all views but your own. Prepare to die, reputationally speaking, by that same sword. Every time you post something now the inevitable question will be about where you cribbed it from.

      Come clean and show that you are genuinely sorry. Then take a break from posting for a month. That way you remove the pressure to produce which is what often drives this kind of behaviour.

      Darrel Bisto-Gravy spent a long time in the virtual wilderness for similar transgressions. You should learn from…

    • Skerminkel

      41. An unwillingness to be forced into self-loathing by obscure bloggers, perhaps?

    • George

      Gillian, please urgently seek professional help, with your own personal issues. You obviously have unresolved internal conflicts and anger, which you are projecting onto society at large. By making fictional generalisations and unfounded broad accusations, you are frustrating yourself and many other innocent individuals, who do not form part of your internal cognitive dissonance. With Love, George

    • Koman

      Honestly, what a load of drivel! A white man born in Africa trying to live and raise his family is ‘privileged’ to go to the toilet it seems in your eyes. Take a look at the world lady, it ain’t all sunshine and roses. Having a job that I studied hard for (paid for by myself through part-time work), paying taxes, buying everything I own honestly and generally trying to make a success of my life is a ‘privilege’? Give me a break!! Do you apply the same twisted logic to white Americans and Europeans. Privilege is not the same as oppression. Apartheid oppressed blacks but it did not offer privileges to whites other than the governmental elite (same applies for the ANC). Under apartheid whites still had to study (and pay for it), compete for jobs, pay taxes and sky-high interest rates, buy homes etc as normal 1st world citizens. This is not a privilege. You miss the point here. Blacks were oppressed. They were not offered those opportunities. What you should be saying is whites were not oppressed. Saying whites are privileged is taking away their hard work, intelligence and capabilities.

    • MastersVoice

      I am White and have a proper education, thanks to the Apartheid government. This is my sole privilege. Because of my education, I have a decent income, which is as a direct consequence of starting a company with other well-qualified South Africans.

      If White South Africans are becoming richer, then it is because they are reaping the rewards of superior education. It also means that the majority of taxes supplied by the same White South Africans is not being spent properly on educating the previously disadvantaged South Africans. 20 Years on, and our education levels are worse than before amongst Black South Africans. How much longer do you want?

      Black South Africans are lagging further behind in education. More Black South Africans are unemployable than White South Africans. So now I am a racist? Your article is a stupid and clumsy attempt at feeding off the White South African guilt trip. You clearly do not know what racism is.

    • Tom

      Meh. Inadequate. The extent of your plagiarism goes further than your attempted corrections. See http://synapses.co.za/uploads/Turnitin.html for the full match of your quotes with those from Thought Catalog. Then read the excellent essay on plagiarism from Irving Hexham, available at http://people.ucalgary.ca/~hexham/content/articles/plague-of-plagiarism.html in which he notes:
      “Academic plagiarism occurs when a writer repeatedly uses more than four words from a printed source without the use of quotation marks and a precise reference to the original source in a work presented as the author’s own research and scholarship. Continuous paraphrasing without serious interaction with another person’s views, by way or argument or the addition of new material land insights, is a form of plagiarism in academic work.”

      Further (and just one example), what you have done here (e.g. at 15) is an example of run-on plagiarism, as discussed by Hexham.

    • Luigi

      Your explanations are not good enough, and as is usually the case, your abrasiveness and arrogance overshadow the issues about which you speak.

      I believe that ThoughtLeader should take this platform away from you – you have have shown that you are not worthy of it. I’m still disgusted that you feel no shame about what is essentially intellectual theft and that you have not apologised for actions that would get you fired from any right thinking publication or booted out of any university campus.

    • http://www.xen.co.za Hugh Robinson

      Well now, Do you feel better now that you have defined your guilt trip? I voted for a country free of all discrimination but still I am stereo typed and told to repent. As time has passed I have gone from agreeing with your stance to one of loathing.

      All it does is cause arguement and does not show a way forward except licking boots which in truth if one gets low enough allows one to be stomped upon.

    • Maria

      While I am in full agreement with you about the continued existence of racism – of all stripes, however, not only white-on-black racism – Gillian (if I am right that this is the subtext of “white privilege”), I believe you oversimplify. There is a metaphorical meaning of “whiteness” and “blackness” that goes beyond pigmentation, and in that sense, I know many white people who are marked by their “blackness” in the sense of resistance to oppression of all kinds. This is a more important meaning of “whiteness” (oppressive classes throughout especially the modern history of colonialism), and “blackness” (the oppressed classes/races throughout this history). Joseph Conrad, who, in and through his novelette, Heart of Darkness, protested the oppression of Africans by colonizers for the extraction of wealth from their land, was, in this sense, on the side of “blackness”. If you read it this way, it is also obvious that “whiteness” coincides with the exploitative character of capitalism. As Bert has often pointed out, the link between racism (“whiteness”) and capitalism is not sufficiently recognized.

    • Mbonisi

      Gillian, I agree with all the points you raised. As you can see from the comments above, those who are criticising you are not dwelling on the issues you raised point by point. They now seek to divert attention to your person.

      This is not about Gillian folks, its about whiteness, the white world. I personally have read and hear white people say most of these things so very regularly.

      “My best friends are black…..”

      “What do you expect, this is Africa……”

      Mind you, this is coming from white people who everyday cry about wanting to also be counted as African, when it suits them, that is.

      They will tell you they are 10th generation this and that and have never lived anywhere else. But what they will never explain to you is why they seem to disassociate themselves from being African, whenever there are problems.

      I can tell you now, Europe has been going through excruciating economic pains. There have been demonstrations against sitting governments, particularly in the PIGS countries. But dare I say, I dont think you could at any time hear a European proclaim “.. this is Europe of course, what would you expect..”

      This whiteness world view of “whiteness” being always about order, hard work, innovation, inventiveness etc, etc is not borne out by history.

      All human societies have gone through upheavals at some point in their past, Europeans/Whites/the West included. Europe stabilised politically ONLY after earlier tribal blood letting of past…

    • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

      Whiteishness is about employing black people to do your dirty work and justifying it with sentimental rationalizations about black people “needing jobs” and pretending that a job with low wages is better than no job at all!

      Thanks.

    • Peter Win

      Gillian,
      I’m afraid much of what you’ve written is hogwash.

      Let’s assume for example you are wealthy enough to employ a maid. Do you therefore assume it’s ok if you’re a a black employer – but wrong if you’re white (as you seem to imply) ?

      Is it ok to be wealthy black – but wrong to have middle-class wealth if you’re white ?

      In a society where the law once again discriminates significantly – in theory on behalf of the oppressed but actually on behalf of the black elite – should whites now shoulder a new load – and give up all their jobs and possessions in some strange breast-beating exercise ?

      And if this is truly what you believe, why have you not undertaken some type of remedial action – sackcloth and ashes and menial labour, not possession of a job as a blogger that should be filled by a black counterpart.

      Sorry, I just don’t buy this beating the breast and eternal damnation theory that you propose – and I don’t see you doing it either. Talk is cheap, my china.

    • http://www.ryanpeterwrites.com Ryan Peter

      Thank you Thought Leader for maintaining journalistic integrity and having this post revised.

    • Matthew

      Mikhail, you hit the nail on the proverbial head.

      While all the other comments have merit, simply talking and discussing so called issues is fruitless. What this country needs is action and dare I say it, compassion.

      Sadly, in a free market society, I as the employer have the upper hand, especially when so many of our country men & women live way below the poverty line. This therefore allows me to offer less than survival wages for menial jobs and someone will take the work as a little bread in the tummy tonight is better than going to bed (often without kids) hungry is the alternative.

      Simply put, this environment does nothing to build a nation and this injustice lives at every level of our society. Government ’employment’ programs often only pay R80 a day to beneficiaries, which is less than min wage for a domestic worker! Then government happily tout the numbers of beneficiaries as an example of what it’s doing.

      This is going to be a long term projects and take all of us working together. Some time ago, someone asked me if I paid my gardener a fair wage and I can say yes. For about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs work he earns R150 which I am happy to pay. Clearly, our garden is modest, but he’s finally realised that if he puts his head down he can be done in a short time.

      Its an age old battle, productivity vs wages and wages vs standard of living. No easy solutions, but we really do need to focus on having an education system that adequately serves our citizens.

    • Graham

      “While the links provided have been deemed inadequate referencing in this case” – who exactly deemed them inadequate?

    • http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/gillianschutte/2013/10/15/a-comprehensive-guide-to-white-privilege-in-south-africa-5/ proactive

      @Mikhail….sorry, you are also wrong & ad to emotions! Europe’s and any growing economy employs millions of guest workers for such purpose, whoever is too busy or simple whoever can afford it- employs according to the prevailing labor legislation- and that applies around the whole world by all races!

    • http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/gillianschutte/2013/10/15/a-comprehensive-guide-to-white-privilege-in-south-africa-5/ proactive

      This blog- bloated with generalized but anti white rhetoric only contributes nothing! It just exposes the ongoing dilemma of none performance, none accountability and irresponsible behavior of cadres put in charge by a regime who by vote and choice control everything for the last 20 years.

      These ongoing failures in administration, implementation and misery of today have nothing to do with past or present “white privilege”- nor can they be hidden by ongoing diversions using apartheid polemic. Most of these whites are either hidden in the background as expensive consultants or are excluded by law in assisting with service delivery and are reduced to either cheering or booing bystanders.

      Make a positive contribution and refocus your “social justice lens” and deliver the many justified critiques to the correct address, namely to “ANC Luthuli House” [email protected]

    • ThomiDaSilva

      Schutte’s lack of humility in the face of being caught doing one of the most embarrassing things an academic can do is shameful – this is not an apology! As a curated platform that chooses its writers and is run by a respected publication, I should hope that Thought Leader has had some firm words with her.

    • Spoogzx

      I agree with @Master’svoice that Yes whites, blacks, coloureds, Indians, Chinese do pay taxes to educate the previously oppressed blacks but I don’t think this article is stupid. It’s true that most whites don’t wanna talk about race, smile @ me 4 no apparent reason and do believe that they are superior than all other races even if they don’t say it overtly or even if they are not as educated as @Master’sVoice. And Yes whites still had to study and work hard like they still do, but you can’t dispute that you had a head start coz you only competed among yourselves. I for one also wish our education was a lot better after 20 years and I blame the government for that, but this white guilt rhetoric is stupid. The point of this article is not to force whites to apologize for their white privilege. And I’m disappointed that people are failing to interpret the article properly and are instead focusing on alleged plagiarism. Convenient amnesia.

    • Mbonisi

      White privilege is like white atheletes who are allowed by the rules of the game to start the race some 50 or so meters away from the starting point.

      All those atheletes who start from the starting point are by design of the rules of the game black.

      As the race continues the white atheletes “work very hard” to maintain or even extend the gap between them and the black atheletes.

      And when they keep “winning”, they claim the “worked very hard” for the privileges of winning they now have!!

    • PrettyBelinda

      “While I have never really been economically privileged, with a single-mother household for most of my childhood, I know I have white privilege and that definitely effects how I relate to society and shapes how I choose to live in the world.”

      Very interesting, i wonder just how many white men and women can claim that they lived in a less economic privildged and still developed the consciousness about their whiteness, its priviledge and how their whiteness. How their priviledges and attitudes towards the black person’s struggle for complete freedom, spiritually and economically have changed over the last twenty years of political freedom in South Africa.

    • Mariana De Leuca

      Many whites are privileged in the sense that have the opportunity and resources to enable them to devote their time to do volunteer work for various NGOs, fundraising organisations such as Rotary and Lions, and lifesaving organsations such as NSRI. And many privileged whites think nothing of supporting such organisations in a material way if they don’t have time to offer. They do it for love of their fellow human beings, not for thought of reward.

    • Skein

      Correct me if my reasoning is faulty, but Tim Berners-Lee’s statement means exactly the opposite of what Gillian understands it to mean.

      In other words, when he says:
      “embedding material by reference (sometimes called an embedding form of hypertext link) causes the embedded material to become a part of the embedding document”
      it means that the original content is appropriated – read stolen – when a blogger copies a section and provides no other reference than a hypertext link.

      Changing the original title from a “definitive” to a “comprehensive” guide to white privilege is both sloppy and inaccurate, as all she presents are selective, anecdotal examples of white attitudes.

      As to the merits of the argument, it seems Mrs Schutte paints us, and herself, into a corner with her finger-pointing attitude. Having heard her expanding on the original “8 ways of being white” column on 702, i could see the point of bringing up the debate: to challenge the complacency of the dominant white perspective. It is challenging, but necessary, to look into the mirror from a different, more acute angle and see the the telltale signs of prejudice we – white/male/hetero/adult/bourgeois – exude.The defensive, abusive reactions of listeners showed how much we need to strip our ingrained bigotry bare. However, focusing only on negative traits, in a black-and-white way, only entrenches the antagonism that thrives in our socio-political discourse. Rooi gevaar vs EFF is no solution,…

    • http://notapplicable Neels Mostert

      I honestly would have thought, that given the allegations and proof of plagiarism as is evident by the above article, one would have thought that M&G would have at least had the decency to remove it. By leaving it on the M&G page, you are casting doubt into M&G credibility, something that you have worked very hard on building over the past few years. Credibility, like trust, is not easily gained, but easily lost, and I urge you to remove this article and break all ties with Ms. Schutte to save face.

    • Tofolux

      @Gillian, is there a streak of ‘anti-apartheid” right-wing tactics at play here? Have we not seen this before by the same old section playing the same old tricks. Well, it proves the point doesnt it? Have they confronted their demon/s?

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    • SAMANTHA TESNER

      Brilliant article Gillian!
      Unfortunately not many are able to understand the concept of white privilege yet; they’ll get there one day … perhaps.
      Admire your courage and perseverance! Keep doing what you do!

      P.S. Have ‘scooped’ your article here: http://sco.lt/7IZsxt
      (what Jacques Rosseau would call “plagarised” :D)

    • Mariana De Leuca

      @ Samantha Tesner.

      I can’t speak for others but I certainly do understand ‘white privilege’ in the sense that Gillian intended. My comment was deliberately facetious because I dislike being lectured on how I should think and feel.

    • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

      White privilege is all about saying the Preisident Zuma can’t read – when all you read yourself is pretentious political biographies, volumes of theoretical diversion, and liberal WHITIST newspapers!

    • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

      Whiteishness is about editing a newspaper that focuses day and night on President Zuma’s alleged faults – while turning a blind eye to Aunty Helen’s violent succession battles, and her drive to make the Western Cape her private Volkstaat!

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    • Paul Roman

      Judging from the outrage you must have hit the nail on the head. I am hoping my American friends will reflect on this, as racism has reached a pinnacle since Obama has come to power. I enjoy reading your articles as much as sitting by the fire on St. Johns road and having political discourse with you, Bafana and Lex 20 years ago sipping sherry.

    • peter

      What a joke today with BEE and AA who is privileged? Today bore Africans then whites employ a full time domestic as most whites cannot afford the minimum wage. Whitch begs the question who is earning these high salaries or are minimum wages not being paid?