Eusebius: 'The important question is why are the white kids sitting together?'

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables, apparently at Laerskool Schweizer Reneke has caused a social media stir.

READ: Outrage at photo of black and white children seated separately at N West school

Callers on The Eusebius Mckaiser Show weighed in on the matter.

A listener sent the show a voice note and asked if maybe the black children flocked together and the white children just flocked together?

What if it wasn't a racist thing, what if the teacher didn't put them according to their skin colour? I would think that culturally black kids would flock together because they possibly speak the same language and white kids would probably flock together because they speak the same language. I am sure as the year moves they would then talk to each other and there would be integrated.

Listener via voice note

Eusebius McKaiser says the question is an interesting one, however, asks are we always problematising the black kids?

Why are we asking why the black kids sitting together in the corner? We never ask an even more pertinent question, why are the white kids sitting together? That caller you just heard, imagines that over time the black kids would assimilate themselves onto the main table. That they will come from the corner little table and slowly develop the confidence to come and play with the white kids.

Eusebius McKaiser, Show Host

Eusebius questions why we are framing this question in terms of the black kids sitting together?

At what point are we going to ask the more important question about white urgency, white parents, white teachers and ask of white children, as to why are all the white kids sitting together? Why are we always anthropoligising the black kids? And why are we expecting the black kids to be developing confidence over the course of the academic year so they can slowly crawl towards the main table where you have the white kids huddled together?

Eusebius McKaiser, Show Host

He adds why aren't we asking what it will take for the white kids to become so confident that they get up from the main table and they go and play with the black kids?

What that call reveals is the expectation that the black kids are the ones that are problematic here in terms of desegregating themselves and lacking the confidence to speak to kids that look different to themselves?

Eusebius McKaiser, Show Host

Listen below to hear the full conversation:


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