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#Blackface – White South African Students Get Backlash for Posting Racist Photo

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The blackface trend is making the headlines once again.

If you recall, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a large number of Germany football fans wore a blackface for a game against Ghana. An investigation was opened, but there was no final statement.

Recently, two white South African students posted a photo of themselves in blackface. It prompted a school disciplinary response as well as reignited a social media conversation on racism in South Africa.

The ladies are from the University of Pretoria, and in the photo, they are seen dressed as black domestic workers. Although it was quickly deleted from Facebook, it has since gone viral on Twitter.

An official for the tertiary institution said that the students would be disciplined for harming the school’s reputation.

Many South Africans have shared their reactions to the photo using the hashtags #blackface and #studentracism.

But a few individuals are not in support of the movement using the #studentracism hashtag

25 Comments

  1. likas papaya

    August 7, 2014 at 1:49 am

    When comedy goes wrong. Really? Black face?? In 2014???

  2. bruno

    August 7, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Biko black people get offended too easily, what many may not know is black people are the most racist towards other races and even toward themselves.

    • Igbeyinadun

      August 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Unfortunately I’ll have to agree with you *sigh*

    • Naveah

      August 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      I have never heard a Jewish person say of the Jewish people “you get so easily offended when people wear the swastika” or “you get so easily offended when people say the holocaust didn’t happen.” Are you truly hearing what you are saying? How would you like it if a person comes to your house, beat you up, steals your valuable items but every once in a while he drives by your house in your car wearing your finest clothing that he stole from you? You wouldn’t take offense? Well then you are a better person than most! The terror of Apartheid is not that far behind us, it’s impact is still being felt daily in South Africa even if there is democracy and an effort towards integration. These young women were very insensitive, they should be suspended and made to apologize to the people of South Africa as a whole for the shame and embarrassment.

      There are no people on earth who don’t have their prejudices and stereotypes that they lean on to make sense of the injustice they feel, is it right? Nope. I don’t know where you did your research to come up with “black people are the most racists towards other races and even towards themselves” but I will venture to counter by saying that even if that were true, black people have been one of the most maltreated set of people on earth so when you keep kicking a dog, don’t be surprised when it is angry, aggressive and bites.

    • Amira

      August 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I agree withj you. I think the insecurity of the black race I am a part of has become irritatingly neeless. We are obviously too touchy on meaningless issues such as this

  3. ROBINAHOOD

    August 7, 2014 at 3:31 am

    i stopped at WHITE SOUTH AFRICAN lol! those people are not humans they are ANIMALS FILLED WITH HATE. even the ones that claim not to be racist, just sit them down for a while and they would want to prove to u how white and right they are.

  4. Emy

    August 7, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Every country get wer de pain dem tru tru. Diease, war, socio-economic problems, racism, credit crunch, immigration clamp down…na wa!

  5. Grown Woman

    August 7, 2014 at 7:48 am

    We have important issues like Ebola to worry about mxiiiue these silly white students just want some attention.So lame

  6. Ghettodiva

    August 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Sadly racism is still something we battle with in South Africa.

  7. yassbeetch

    August 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Im not offended bc I strongly bliv that most Becky’s and their male counterparts are subhuman

  8. brenda

    August 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

    if you trash someone to make yourself feel better then you need help!… just saying

  9. le coco

    August 7, 2014 at 9:25 am

    this is indeed offensive.. but dont think the girls intended it that way… i definitely wldnt call them racist.. but they shld hv put more thought into wt they were doing… #myopinion

    • Bella

      August 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Ignorance is never an excuse to hurt someone else #justsaying.

  10. Jhennique

    August 7, 2014 at 10:16 am

    as far as im concerned the more the racism issure is overflogged the more joy these whites will take in doing it. Please just ignore their ignorance and move on with your lives. when u dont pay attention, they will find other interest and walk away. if you keep allowing your self get hurt and ur ego get bruised because of every racist action or comment you hear, you will only be hampoering yourself. let them do their thing, u do you and forget about these jobless people. Afterall they cant put chains around our necks anymore

  11. sum1special

    August 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Stop Racism.

  12. ade

    August 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Silly girls!! they made the effort to dress up as maids and take the pictures to fool them selves

  13. HeHe

    August 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    At first glance one of them looks like a victim of an acid attack 🙂

  14. dave

    August 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Why do we have to regard everything as racism, but black people bleach there skin too.

    • Bella

      August 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Bleaching due to white folks making us feel inferior whilst black. Fortunately we have finally come to a turning point where we can once again say black is beautiful but there will always be some folks thinking yellow is more appealing or better or rather any other colour is better than black, so its still racism, (job interviews, etc), After so many years of our fore fathers using creams to lighten themselves and feel /be more appealing the damage it has caused us black people we are learning to say NO to bleaching, pity some are still head strong to it.

  15. child of God

    August 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    We have no idea of how much some of these white are envious of us blacks especially when it comes to our skin colour. i had the opportunity of making friends with some of them and from their conversation you could tell. ask why some of them tan thier skin just to change the whiteness. a german friend that i had said she wanted to plaint her hair into corn -roll but wasn’t comfortable showing her white scalp. most of them have this inferiority complex within them but pretend to be the happiest people on the planet.
    it’s sad most of us dont appreciate our skin colours and would go bleaching it just to be accepted by many.
    we have to thank God for our black skin which is the strongest skin and which can also withstand any weather conditon and doesnt age quickly too. you can compare a 70 year old black african to a white and you will see the difference in wrinkles. please lets ignore thier ignorance and lets embrace our naturals colours and to my fellow ladies lets also thank God for our nice curves because most white ladies will kill just to have a kind of curves.

    • yassbeetch

      August 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      God has also given us better protection against some skin cancers.

  16. tt

    August 8, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Did anyone notice whats on the wall behind them ” Be Honest, Be Kind”. I guess they must have missed that!

  17. Charl Steyn

    August 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    What is the difference: These whites color them self black, but what about all the many blacks color them self white on their faces, injections ex. ???
    The blacks can make fools from the whites, but want to cry when the whites do the same.
    How many brain sells do people really have, when thinking so stupid. ?
    If you are white accept it, GOD created you like that, and
    when you are black, accept it, it is not the fault of the whites.

  18. Nat Turner

    August 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Why are White people, globally,
    who are racist towards Black folk,
    so obsessed with Blacking up their faces ?
    these two idiotai thought they were “having a laugh”
    Who’s laughing now ?

  19. Itumeleng

    October 28, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I live in London, UK where I have run into quite a lot of white South Africans. They have not changed one bit. Same depraved entitled group of people. Luckily here, the British kick their racist asses if/when they get out of line.
    White South Africans are a different kind of beast, the sort of which I have never encountered in my entire life.
    As someone earlier pointed out, these ‘girls’ (and I use that word very loosely) would have had black nannies, but this clearly illustrates the perverted nature of these people.
    YUCK!

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