'Stop racialising service delivery protests in poor communities' - Karima Brown

Political analyst Karima Brown says while she is not denying people's self-identity as coloureds, media should refrain from racialising service delivery protests.

Several protests have flared up in parts of the country, including Ennerdale and Westbury in Gauteng.

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While some protest organisers are demonstrating over what they say is the socio-economic exclusion of coloured people, Brown says the protests are a class problem.

When communities generally protest in South Africa, people say people in Thokoza are protesting... it gets reported as such. When communities in Westbury, Bontheuwel, Ennerdale protest then it is the coloured people are protesting.

Karima Brown, political analyst

I am not denying people's self-identification as coloureds because we can be coloured, we can be black, we can be African, we are many things because that is the reality of how oppression works in South Africa.

Karima Brown, political analyst

So a note to journalists, these communities have been rendered invisible...the people involved in these protests are genuine leaders who are gatvol of all politicians and they are organic consequences of willful neglect from the government. Stop racialising these communities, stop de-africanising these communities. When there is an uprising in Soweto, we don't say black Africans are unhappy about squatters on unoccupied land...

Karima Brown, political analyst

These are working class communities who want service delivery like their counterparts in Khayelitsha and Thokoza.

Karima Brown, political analyst

Brown says it is important for media to provide historical context to their coverage and that a more layered conversation needs to happen around the inequality that exists South Africa.

The community that identifies as coloured can be more than one thing, what they are simply not is un-African.

Karima Brown, political analyst

They have certain demands that reporters are not reporting on. They are calling for a summit on poverty. They are calling on a working class summit to deal with issues that face the community.

Karima Brown, political analyst

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