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I can't unwhite myself - caller to Eusebius during fiery white privilege debate

8 April 2019 11:09 AM
Tags:
Racism
Race
White privilege
white privelege
black people
opportunities
white women

Eusebius McKaiser debates the myriad advantages of being white in South Africa such as the advantages when launching a business.

The open line on the Eusebius McKaiser got off on a steamy note.

Caller Lesley said more resources need to be made available to all people regardless of colour. She argues that giving more women a seat at the table is not going to transform society.

Eusebius went head-to-head with Lesley on the issue of white privilege.

I didn't come from a family that had money that would entitle me to go open a firm. Had I been a given a seat on the board of a company at the age of 28 I don't think I would have done the job or myself justice.

Lesley, Caller

I don't think it is useful or the solution to say in South Africa today that the solution is to take stuff from men and give to women or stuff from white people and give to black people.

Lesley, Caller

There is a class advantage that you as a white woman has that enables you to say something that you said three minutes ago. I opened my own business.

Eusebius McKasier, Show host

The average black woman or man can't say that. The question to ask is what did you tap into in your own structural privilege that enabled you to do so.

Eusebius McKasier, Show host

I find it offensive that you are speaking to me as though you understand where I am coming from and you believe I have benefited from being white.

Lesley, Caller

I sold my fridge, my microwave to start my business. Are you telling me there are no white people or black people at the age of 28 who've got a microwave they can sell to start a business?

Lesley, Caller

I can't unwhite myself.

Lesley, Caller

_Listen to the full open line here: (Caller Lesley's contribution begins at 13:30 in the audio clip)


8 April 2019 11:09 AM
Tags:
Racism
Race
White privilege
white privelege
black people
opportunities
white women

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