- Nandi Madida recently interviewed Coconut Kellz on her IGTV
- The two ladies chatted about their own experiences with racism in their school environments
- Coconut Kellz, whose real name is Lesego Tlhabi, revealed one of her white schoolmates had even once used the k-word around her
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Nandi Madida recently invited Coconut Kellz for a candid chat about racism in South African schools.
The two ladies detailed their own ugly experiences with racism while growing up.
The chat was partly inspired by alleged racism incident that was shared by former pupils from Durban Girls' College last week.
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Coconut Kellz said one of her teachers decided to change her name to Lilly.
She said, "My first incident of knowing that there was racism at my school was with our names. It was very 'micro' but I remember when I said my name was Lesego and [the teachers] were like, ‘Hi Lilly’. I used to hate that name but also felt very powerless to say anything.”
Kellz was also subjected to one of her classmates, who she considered a best friend, using the k-word around her.
She explained, “The first 'macro' racism inside [school] was when I was in grade 6 and I had two white best friends. One of them picked up a hat that was lying around ad they said, ‘Ew! This smells like a K-word’.”
Kellz said she was also tired of the world viewing black women as 'angry', while white women's emotions are validated.
“White tears are very fragile. The minute a white girl or woman cries, the whole world is quick to label black girls and woman as ‘angry,'" she said.
Check out the full interview below.
Last year, Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi had been bowled over by Lesego's funny but insightful comedy as her satirist character Coconut Kellz.
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