Checking your privilege: Where do we begin as South Africans?

Unpacking privilege is integral to understanding how individuals challenge various social ills entrenched in our daily interactions.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to author of Sweet Medicine, Panashe Chigumadzi, and social justice activist, Gillian Schutte, regarding the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

White people are brought up to believe that 'we are central to all reality...' We're not indoctrinated to learn white privilege.

Gillian Schutte, social justice activist

I'd say in my privilege... It's being middle-class, heterosexual, able-bodied, all of those different things come into what constitutes my identity.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author

We are not our ancestors, however, we have benefited from the 500 years of colonialism. It's a horror.

Gillian Schutte, social justice activist

You realise that there are different ways that different people are treated.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author

What I started to think about what does it mean to live in a hetero-normative world. I've become a lot more aware of it as I've also become exposed to different types of literature.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author

You feel like being confronted with someone else's reality feels like an affront whereas they've had to deal with it every single day but you've been privileged and you haven't been confronted with someone else's reality.

Panashe Chigumadzi, author

...Overlooking the entire fact that in our society today, it is still very much a white male meta-narrative predominant discourse.

Gillian Schutte, social justice activist

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