[ View the story "South African students in blackface receive backlash, punishment" on Storify] South African students in blackface receive backlash, punishment University of Pretoria students to face disciplinary action for dressing as black domestic workers.
The Stream· Wed, Aug 06 2014 17:33:10
In the year 2014, South Africa seriously debating if #blackface is racist and offensive or not. I'm defeated.Simphiwe Dana
The response to #Blackface is more upsetting than the "normalisation" of this sick practice. Florence Masebe
Others discussed blackface in the context of race relations in South Africa.
Once atended a white costumeparty.whiteguy came n #blackface as a security guard.his reaction to my presence told me he knw it ws wrong.Kholofelo Mashile
Dear fellow white folk: Don't even try defend this #Blackface garbage. DON'T. This is the reason race relations are at a low in South AfricaNickolaus Bauer
This is indicative that when it comes to race relations in SA, the white community is yet to meet the black community halfway. #blackfacemilisuthando bongela
#blackface debate proving how little white South Africans understand power, oppression, racism.Jodi
The portrayal of domestic workers furthered the insult for some South Africans, who tweeted about the subtext behind that particular costume choice.
(2/3) the domestic worker is symbolic of how black needs (& kids) have been subjugated to white needs #blackface
The sad thing about #blackface for me; the woman that are being "mocked" by these white young ladies, raised them...Gomo
Many placed a degree of blame on popular culture, asking for more accountability from performers who were accused of using blackface in the past.
It's easy to slam students with black polish on their face.But when it's "Art" as Die Antwoord like to play off we don't know where to startVerashni Pillay
1. @LiveMagSA Mama Jack grossed 5 million for a reason. #Blackface isn't just about mockery. It's an industry. If you look at its history...Malume Nyaope
But others did not find the conversation around blackface productive.
So this #StudentRacism thing... Just remember being offended is a choice.The phr0gnomenon
My opinion on #StudentRacism , Report on positive Residence intergration, stop fuelling the fire with negativity
Black people would go mad over #blackface but do nothing about the structural violence against blacks. Unemployed, homeless and landlessTsodiyo
After seeing reactions that downplayed the photo, writer T.O. Molefe explained his problems with blackface in a
Nope. Sorry. I don't think #blackface can ever be flattering. There's just no kind way to dehumanise a group of people.T. O.
Like other performed stereotypes, #blackface replaces individual identities with a singular identity of all within the stereotyped group.T. O.
The incident came on the heels of a national
on systemic race issues at universities from the South African Human Rights Commission.