'What if you removed your identity from your opinion and looked at the facts?'

The big stories of this week have revealed how deep-seated peoples’ prejudices often are, says 702 host Joanne Joseph.

Reflecting on Monday's violence on a group of Palestinians at the Gaza border during a protest and the commentary following Afriforum CEO Kallie Kriels denial that apartheid was in fact a crime against humanity, Joseph says many of the conversations have not been based on the facts.

They’ve been based who people are – identity politics in other words. It’s clear from our conversations that the cultural, religious or racial backgrounds in which you’ve grown up, colour your world view. Now, that’s probably not unusual, the world over, but what if you decided to refrain from using your background as a launch pad for the opinions you express?

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

So, for example what if you looked at the logical evidence presented to you, showing you that international legal experts believe apartheid to be a crime against humanity. What if you objectively assessed that evidence and explored whether it indeed fulfills the legal tenets to be considered a crime against humanity?

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

If your intellect shifts your response, it tells you that you probably harbour prejudices based on who you are. And that’s what governs your thoughts in relation to other people who are different to you. The same exercise applies to the Gaza story.

Joanne Joseph, Host of 702's Afternoon Drive

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