Helen Zille, DA federal council chairperson, has argued that a double standard exists when it comes to racism. She believes that "white face" is just as racist as "black face" when commenting on the Cape Town Street Parade.
She believes that it is part of an effort to demonise and delegitimise minorities in South Africa.
“It may start with people labelled ‘white’ but it will soon spread to many more. And those driving it will soon be its victims,” she tweeted on Sunday morning.
Briefly.co.za learned that she was responding to another tweet which argued that black people in Europe can be called Europeans but white people in Africa cannot be called African.
The twitter user was complaining about the use of "black face" and "white face".
“I see ‘White Face’ is rampant in the Street Parade but ‘Black Face’ is a crime? How does that work?” he tweeted.
"Black face" was used during the transatlantic slave trade and in the US to humiliate and dehumanise black people.
The same cannot be said for "white face" which has not been used to humiliate or dehumanise white people according to the citizen.co.za.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported on Zille's complaint about fake accounts and South Africa's response: "Block yourself".
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