Hagen Engler
4 minute read
28 Mar 2021
7:31 am

We’re all trapped in a web of racism – we must all fight to break it

Hagen Engler

For some of us, writes Hagen Engler, there will be more to unlearn in the fight against racism than for others, but the fight must go on.

Picture: AFP/Brendan Smialowski

This week in “How racism shows up when you least expect it”, we have no shortage of potential topics across the breadth of the South African social firmament. Our fascinating society still surprises us on that front as we clumsily battle to dismantle the centuries of discrimination and systematic exploitation our world is built on. Weird things happen. Mistakes are made – some of them trivial, others more serious. Most have fairly obvious causes. Still, we find ourselves asking: “But is it racism?” Street names. City names. Admissions policy at shopping malls. Picture selection, even. There’s probably some guys at...