- Following a personal experience of what she called racist denial, a woman urged other white people to stop acting unfair towards other races
- Shelly from Cape Town, called into a local radio show to express her concern of most white people being in denial about their racist behaviour
- She pointed out an incident where an elderly white woman did not even acknowledge the existence of four young black women
A woman, only known as Shelly, has recently called on her fellow white people to stop being in denial when it comes to racist behaviour.
Shelly, from Fish Hoek in Cape Town, phoned into the Eusebius McKaiser Show, where she recalled an incident which led her to believe that the majority of whites still act in racist ways, but were in denial about their actions.
She added only a "minority of the minority of the minority" of white people were aware of this behaviours and tried to act differently.
She told the host about a personal experience she had when crossing the road with her trolley between two malls. Shelley said she was on an island in the middle of the road and there were four young black women at the side of the road, also waiting to cross.
According to Shelly, an elderly white lady spotted her on the island, and stopped for her to cross. Just as she crossed the black girls wanted to cross, as they thought the lady would stop for them as well.
But, Shelly recalled the older woman drove just as they wanted to cross as if she did not notice their existence.
“As she saw me she deliberately slowed down so that I could cross... and the four young black women assumed she would wait for them to cross as well... and then just as they were coming, she drove straight through them as though they were completely invisible, as though they did not exist.”, she recalled.
Shelley said a possible solution to confront the racist behaviour, is for other white people to point out if they see any unfair treatment towards individuals with a different skin colour.
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