Eusebius McKaiser: It's not about hair, it's about identity and culture

Eusebius McKaiser explained the importance of treading carefully when engaging on the issue of black women's hair, in the aftermath of racial discrimination directed at black scholars at Pretoria High School for girls.

He said that that the current debate about black women's hair was about far deeper issues of identity and culture.

Explaining the complexities surrounding the issue, he said the following:

"I'm going to give you three rules of thumb for allies. Rule number 1: you don not know everything about black people and black people's hair. Rule number 2: always - even if it's a little hard - bite the tongue and show humility when someone else is talking about their lived experiences. Rule number 3: never ever think you've figured it all out about people who are fundamentally different to you."

South Africans have responded with shock at allegations against the school as black scholars were threatened with being barred from exams if they refused to relax their natural hair.

Listen to the interview below:

I'm going to give you three rules of thumb... Never ever think you have figured it all out about people who are fundamentally different to you.

Eusebius McKaiser, standing in for Redi Tlhabi

Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
UK takes action after report reveals 1 in 3 homeless people are abused

UK takes action after report reveals 1 in 3 homeless people are abused

The repert has also revealed that there are an estimated 190 000 people who are homeless and not receiving assistance.

Barack Obama scraps US surveillance systems on Arabs and Muslims

Barack Obama scraps US surveillance systems on Arabs and Muslims

The move comes after Donald Trump said he would introduce a registry to closely monitor immigrants in the US.

Private security firm that responded to FNB robbery, saw nothing untoward

Private security firm that responded to FNB robbery, saw nothing untoward

The bank has not disclosed the value of the safety deposit boxes that were stolen during the heist.

What's Bafana Bafana's future now that Mashaba is booted out?

What's Bafana Bafana's future now that Mashaba is booted out?

Mashaba was dismissed following a disciplinary hearing during his suspension in November.

Are you a victim of an online scam? Find out what to do next.

Are you a victim of an online scam? Find out what to do next.

A client was a victim of an online phishing scam and managed find recourse after a call centre agent rejected his claim.

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

Barry Bateman spoke to Stephen Grootes to unpack the meaning behind the stories that dominated the headlines in 2016.

Popular articles
'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

'Some weed plants with high levels of chemicals have been linked to psychosis'

Naked Scientist, Chris Smith shares his insights on some of the risks associated with smoking marijuana.

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

Returns of 500% are not unheard of. Is this another crypto-like bubble? Not in the least, says Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

'It is quite a milestone, it is a humbling experience'

'It is quite a milestone, it is a humbling experience'

Cosatu President Zingiswa Losi says being elected is a milestone not only for the women of SA but also for the women of Africa.

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv Premium on a downward spiral, warns tech guru

DStv has lost about 140 000 Premium subscribers to Netflix over the past two years, tech expert Arthur Goldstuck.

[LISTEN] 'Lesufi has been attacking Afrikaans schools since 2014'

[LISTEN] 'Lesufi has been attacking Afrikaans schools since 2014'

The Freedom Front Plus says the Gauteng Education MEC has flouted school language policies and is destroying Afrikaans.

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

'My daughter bought Spur shares when she was 10 years old' - Dr Adrian Saville

What does Citadel’s famed disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing Dr Adrian Saville hope for (and fear) about money?