Racism: Is it fair to tell victims to 'get over it, move on'?

A listener, who is an estate agent, called Africa Melane to share her experience of racism in South Africa and what she thinks needs to be done to deal with the problem.

Listen to the conversation below:

In every culture, you gonna have people who cling to the the past... We gotta move on from that... We were just born into this society; we didn't set up apartheid. We understand the pain that was caused. We also know that there are white people who grew up feeling like they were criminals because they were white.

Hugh, caller in Constantia

I heard a caller who said black people hold on to the past a lot and we should move on... To be honest, I was one of those people with that sort of opinion because I'm not from here and I never really understood why everything has to be racial.

Vanessa, caller in Sandton

To be honest, I have not experienced racism as much as it's been happening here... I have been all over the world...

Vanessa, caller in Sandton

I'm a realtor... I was trying to place a family into a home and I called an owner (whose) house I thought would be perfect because it's a couple with five kids... The owner bombarded me with questions like why do they have so many kids

Vanessa, caller in Sandton

She ended up saying 'I'm not racist, but are they black or white?' I said they are black and she said 'I'm not going to waste my time; I'm not interested in a black family living in my house because my house is too special...'

Vanessa, caller in Sandton

How are people supposed to move on and not hold on to the past when situations like this are happening everyday. How are you just going to tell me to get over it when you're throwing it in my face?

Vanessa, caller in Sandton

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