- Helen Zille continues to stand her ground regarding her tweets about black privilege
- She claims that the phrase "whiteness" is used to stigmatise white South Africans
- Despite calls for her to apologise, Helen Zille says she "will not replace one form of racism with another"
Helen Zille has refused to back down concerning her comments about "black privilege".
Zille had tweeted that some black South Africans enjoyed black privilege, as evidenced by those corrupt politicians who had been re-elected to government.
The comments caused a stir on social media, with many demanding that Zille apologise.
The comments began when Zille responded on Twitter to a video of an African-American poet talking about white privilege and colonisation.
"Why is she saying this stuff in English?" Zille posted.
This then triggered a flurry of responses. Most prominent among them was a post by the actor Hlomla Dandala, who alleged that Zille did not understand white privilege.
Zille, however, fired a message of her own back at him.
"Well you clearly don't understand black privilege. It is being able to loot a country and steal hundreds of billions and get re-elected. If ppl want permanent poverty for the masses they are going about it the right way. #BlackPrivilege," she wrote.
This prompted many to condemn Zille and demand an apology, including former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, according to Sowetan Live.
Zille, however, has remained unapologetic. In response to Madonsela, the former Western Cape premier said that "'whiteness' is a swear word used to marginalise and stigmatise: "I thought our struggle was to judge each INDIVIDUAL on their merits irrespective of race. I will not replace one form of racism with another. Sorry."
Additionally, Zille referred to the different public reactions to posts about white privilege and black privilege respectively as a "double standard", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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