Ad­mit we all have a racist inside us

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - OPINION -

One as­pect of our so­ci­ety in which we can take pride is our ju­di­cial sys­tem – and specif­i­cally the high­est courts in the land, in­clud­ing the Con­sti­tu­tional Court. The court is the fi­nal ar­biter of the con­sti­tu­tion and has the last word in any le­gal dis­pute. That is as it should be – we are a con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy and the Con­sti­tu­tional Court is the en­forcer of that democ­racy.

What the Con­sti­tu­tional Court can­not do is bring about fun­da­men­tal change to the way peo­ple think or to their be­liefs. That is es­pe­cially so in the case of the thorny and di­vi­sive topic of racism. An ex­pert said this week that the Con­sti­tu­tional Court can­not erase that ugly as­pect of our so­ci­ety.

The point is that heavy sen­tences – as handed out to Vicky Momberg – and so­ci­etal in­tim­i­da­tion, as hap­pened to Adam Catza­ve­los and his fam­ily, sim­ply will not change at­ti­tudes and may even force racism un­der­ground.

All of us in this coun­try – black and white – should ac­knowl­edge that we are, to a greater or lesser de­gree, racist in our out­look be­cause we con­sciously or un­con­sciously favour our race above oth­ers.

If we all do not accept that, then the ha­tred will grow.

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