The Midday Report special: a discussion on race in SA

A special Midday Report broadcast delves into race in South Africa following the public outcry over racist comments made by Penny Sparrow.

702 and Cape Talk's Stephen Grootes spoke to Raymond Suttner, Nomalanga Mkhize, and Terry Oakley-Smith regarding the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

There's a long entrenched image in white racist discourse of black people being close to animals because of scientific racism.

Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, Rhodes University lecturer

For as long as the older generation of whites remain in denial of what apartheid was - that it was a facist crime against humanity - then they'll teach their children that there's nothing to be ashamed of in racism.

Dr Nomalanga Mkhize, Rhodes University lecturer

What made this Penny Sparrow thing big is that it's come out in the open. The subtext isn't really that racism is a problem but that you should not go public.

Prof Raymond Suttner, author

These are the kinds of comments and remarks that one hears everyday. The Penny Sparrow incident has brought it sharply to the fore, but I think all white South Africans know this.

Terry Oakley-Smith, Founder and CEO of Diversi-T

We have this discourse of putting this behind us and there's a failure with coming to terms with the inherited advantages had in South Africa.

Prof Raymond Suttner, author

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