'Don't praise me for being a recovering racist,' caller tells Eusebius

After Sizwe, a caller on the Eusebius McKaiser Show, said people need to give former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi a break now that he has admitted to being racist, callers weighed in on his stance.

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Let us give the poor man a break. He has gone through a lot. He is trying his best, and I don't see a lot of white people admitting to being racist.

Sizwe, Caller

Eusebius however, totally disagreed with Sizwe and had this to say:

I am not trying to be contrarian, I am just struggling to understand why you are calling into a radio station on behalf of a self-confessed racist? Get your priorities straight, the guy has been in the spotlight for five seconds and we must give him a break because we set the bar so low that he must now get kit kat because he needs a break? A man can chip away at his own racism and he cannot expect a pat on the back.

Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter

He says someone who is a member of the group whose dignity has been infringed by racism should not be grateful that a racist has confessed.

Natalie also calls in and says she wants to know why people should be congratulated for being recovering racist?

Do you thank a fish for swimming? No, we don't. I am always surprised by the generosity of black people towards white people and how we get thanked for doing the work. Can we stop thanking white people for doing the work? Can we hold them to account?

Natalie, Caller

Can you hold me to account? Can you be hard with me because that is the only way I am going to learn. It is the only way I am going to keep recovering from this racism that I learnt as a child.

Natalie, Caller

She says she is amazed when she has these conversations, and black people thank her for doing it.

Hi, my name is Natalie and I am a recovering racist. While we are doing this work, and while Agrizzi admitted that he is racist, we still hold on to our power and our privilege. Let us not just do the work, but put our money where our mouth is.

Natalie, Caller

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