With South Africans taking to the streets for better pay and Julius Malema’s neutering, one group has decided to use the flames to push their agenda.
Members of the Ripped Rainbow Society got together to protest against the proposed ban on racial slurs.
People from all racial groups marched in peaceful unison through Pretoria’s city centre, wearing burgundy and calling for their right to use derogatory terms for black, white, coloured and Indian people to be upheld.
Spokesperson for Ripped Rainbow, DeWalt de Horing, said the group’s protest came from the “gnawing feeling that a part of their being was snatched away” when it became illegal to use racial epithets.
“I think people here want to be able to cuss at people of other colours. I personally know few people in my Afrikaner community were gutted when we heard the k-word was banned.”
De Horing said racists are a dying breed in South Africa and should therefore be afforded the same rights as other minority groups.
“We don’t want to show our superiority because that’s a given and we don’t want to systematically subjugate inferior racial groups — all we want are our beloved words back, at least for now,” he said, while pinching the bottom of a coloured lady he called “Klippie” and exchanging cackles with her.
Another member of Ripped Rainbow, Dumile Faba, said he wants everyone, including the media, to be able to refer to people by their skin colour.
“When I read a crime story in the paper, and they just refer to the perpetrator as ‘a man’ or ‘a woman’, I get annoyed. When I read about a criminal, my mind immediately paints him as a black man. But in many cases, the reality is different. The perpetrator could actually be white, Indian or coloured. Even though I am a black man, I have been conditioned to believe that a black man is a criminal first. So I think the media should refer to the suspect by their skin colour too.”
Anthea Samuels, a teacher by day and cock-blocker by night, said the racial terms “roll off the tongue easier” than its more acceptable monikers.
“As Steve Biko said, whites are not actually white but pink and blacks are brown. Some Indians and coloureds are the hue of coffee or toffee. Other Indians are bluer than black people. So it makes more sense to use the k-word, c-word, b-word and h-word for the different races. They are easier to pronounce and they are already understood by all South Africans.”
Professional hobby horse competitor, Barry Naidoo, said he missed the camaraderie that a ‘good old-fashioned” racial reference created during tournaments.
“When a white man called me a charatjie, I felt good, acknowledged and accepted. I knew I fitted in somewhere in this hodgepodge country.”
De Horing said the old idea of the Rainbow Nation is dead and that we should accept reality as it is — one based on segregation.
“We should dismantle this idea of racial integration and face the facts — we are divided and we like it that way. Maybe someday we will even bring back the old Oranje, Blanje, Blou flag. When it happens, then we’ll know we have made progress.”