Opinion: Controversial tweet 'triggers white supremacy and anti-black racism'

The controversial tweet that was posted on the 702 Twitter account comparing black babies with dogs has received a lot of backlash.

On Monday morning, Xolani Gwala vented his frustration over the now deleted tweet and the apology that was issued for it.

Primedia Broadcasting CEO Omar Essack went on air and admitted that the station made a huge, grievous error. He appeared on the 702 breakfast show with Xolani Gwala and apologized on behalf of the whole organisation.

Picking up on the story, Eusebius McKaiser expressed how he agrees with Gwala's view that the tweet is disgusting, and said that it brings up contradictory feelings for several reasons. He does feel that the apology issued by Essack was genuine and heart felt but is upset by certain people's view of the whole situation.

There are those who refuse to be empathetic in understanding the rage of those who are deeply offended by that tweet. I think that tells you a lot about the country we live in.

Eusebius McKaiser, radio host

The people who are not offended by the tweet and do not acknowledge or question why it is offensive to others is a cause of frustration for McKaiser.

On the other hand, McKaiser admits that not every response from black people regarding the tweet has convinced him of their outrage.

McKaiser adds that nothing comes from gloating over this situation at Primedia Broadcasting and waiting for the fallout when people do not stand up against racism or discrimination in their every day lives.

The reason the tweet - or any images of black people being compared to animals - creates such outrage is due to the world's history of white supremacy and the past treatment of black people as sub human, McKaiser explains. He says these are triggers of a global history through the ages and into the present presenting black people being subjugated.

It is entirely appropriate that it should trigger direct memories of white supremacy and anti-black racism when you see this kind of tweet.

Eusebius McKaiser, radio personality

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