Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Zenoyise Madikwe calls Australia racist

SHOOT: It's probably a good thing that Africans venture outside of South Africa to experience 'real' racism, and also country's that are far better organised and run than our own. South Africa's Africans have a chip on their shoulder about all the things they're entitled to.

Just a note on Madikwe: during my stint working at Sowetan I sent her a number of stories, and while they were approved for publication, they weren't used. When I asked why she said, "Because I don't want to get into trouble." Now if that isn't racism [or some form of discrimination] I don't know what is.
clipped from www.sowetan.co.za

Arriving in Melbourne was a culture shock! The whole time I was there I saw only two Africans, who both looked miserable.

Walking on the streets of Melbourne with two white South African journos, my blackness attracted attention everywhere we went. My self-esteem was constantly undermined.

Passers-by looked at me as if I were an alien from another planet. I had to brave and ignore nasty comments passed at me, from being called “a baboon from Africa” to being uncomfortably stared at while eating in restaurants.

Some of the things I experienced I cannot write, lest I upset some readers. I could see it was difficult for some waiters to serve a black person. What I gathered about Australians was that they found it difficult to relate to me on a human level. The only warmth I got was from some Chinese people, who seem to be the hewers of wood and drawers of water in Australia.

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