Reitumetse Makwea
Journalist
3 minute read
18 Feb 2022
6:31 am

Denying racism will never change the fact that it exists

Reitumetse Makwea

It’s often said black people 'cry racism' even when it’s unnecessary.

Members of the African National Congress (ANC) during an anti-racism campaign in Cape Town. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

While it seemed we were closer to realising the dream of a “rainbow nation” than ever before, more than 25 years into South Africa’s democratic dispensation, racism is still playing out in our schools. I remember the first time I heard about Nelson Mandela’s dream of a rainbow nation – I fell for it hook, line and sinker, along with the rest of the world. We were captivated by the idea of what could be. Often subtle, when it happens you never suspect racism and by the time I realised it, my mom had already come down hard on me,...