Breakfast Show host Bongani Bingwa says the incident involving the walk-out of SuperSport presenter Ashwin Willemse has 'touched a nerve'.
Willemse left the set on Saturday evening following an apparent disagreement with Nick Mallett and Naas Botha.
Bingwa says it reflects the view that a person with Willemse's background ought never been in such a position in the first place.
The belief that you have arrived is one of the most dangerous. Because intrinsically it celebrates the fact that you have left others behind. And that you are proud you are one of the cool kids...he forgot that he wasn't actually one of the boys.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host
Poor Ashwin. It's going to be said he overreacted. But the truth is there isn't always explicit evidence when you feel undermined, it’s a feeling, a vibe that you get. And then there’s the matter of proving it. YOU have to justify your reaction to it. #AshwinWillemse— Bongani Bingwa - Broadcast Journalist (@bonglez) May 19, 2018
Subtle racism tells people of colour, through micro aggressions, that there are limitations to what they are capable of— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) May 20, 2018
They are “tolerated”, not celebrated.
And if they take on that racism, they are accused of “overreacting”.@Ashwinwillemse’s courage in taking that on is huge https://t.co/Ix4lw1YVka
I've never met Nick Mallet nor Naas Botha but I would bet good money they do not see themselves as racist. But think about the buildup of telling somebody they don't belong because you do.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host
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