Eusebius McKaiser: Black people using the K-word may be inflicting self-harm

Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser says black on black or white on white racism exists in South Africa.

Eusebius engaged callers on their views and which words are totally not acceptable - no matter who says them.

I have taught in the independent schools for many many years and one thing I have noticed is that since the schools have opened, black parents are more likely to demand that their children be taught by a white teacher and the black parents would be upset when they children are taught by a black teacher.

Dave, caller

I believe you get white on white racism as well.

Dez, caller

Caller Jozelle says black people calling each other the K-word is disturbing because it seems that deep inside the negation has been internalised.

It's disturbing to me the notion that its acceptable for people to call each other the K-word because they are of the same race. It's kind of like taking pain and turning into a joke, it's unacceptable.

Jozelle, caller

Eusebius says this raises issues of how these words cause self-harm and is a form of internalised oppression.

How do we properly characterise it? Is it racism in actions? That's one discussion...or is it self-harm and harm towards another person, even if you both look exactly the same in terms of your skin colour? And I do think it is that. There is no other way to put this, but then to call it internalised oppression.

Eusebius McKaiser, 702/CapeTalk anchor

If you are a black person and you are calling me the K-word or whatever derogatory word you want; it doesn't have the same impact as when another person is calling me because of the history of what racism has been able to do to disadvantage my community.

Dineo

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