We must oblit­er­ate racism in our demo­cratic so­ci­ety

The Star Early Edition - - LETTER - Farouk Araie

FORTY years ago, Steve Biko was mur­dered by the apartheid se­cu­rity ser­vices.

Emo­tional scars still sur­face, even af­ter the pas­sage of all of this time.

The many years of of­fi­cial racial seg­re­ga­tion con­tinue to have a heavy im­pact to­day, and one can see the need for ap­pro­pri­ate repa­ra­tion for the hor­rors in­flicted on the masses, span­ning many years of tor­ment and hu­mil­i­a­tion. Racism is in­cip­i­ent crim­i­nal­ity. Pun­ish it harshly.

The preach­ing of supremacy and prac­tis­ing of racism are re­pug­nant and fun­da­men­tally against the val­ues we hold dear as a civilised so­ci­ety.

We must fin­ish the work of our beloved Nel­son Man­dela by oblit­er­at­ing every ves­tige of racism in our demo­cratic so­ci­ety.

Racism is present in the acts and at­ti­tudes of many to­day.

It is present in the in­sti­tu­tional residues of past choices. Benoni

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