Were we being racist calling our son monkey asks Bongani?

Breakfast host, Bongani Bingwa asks where society stands when it comes to common sense and sensitivity?

There's a story in the Sowetan today about a parent who has objected to a teacher calling her child a monkey.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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He adds in the context of the piece, it makes perfect sense why the mother took umbrage with the use of the word.

He tells a story of how the other day his producer was taken to task by her Facebook friends because she posted a cute pic of her son and captioned it "my little monkey."

You know what the response was? Don't 'Penny Sparrow' your child one objector said!

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

He adds that his adult son graduated from pumpkin to monkey well into his teens.

Were we, his family being racist towards him?

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Bingwa says due to some strange algorithmic twist, South Africans noticed this week that when you search for 'SA squatter camps' on Google and look for images, most of the results featured white people in shacks.

Obviously, this is a far cry from the reality but appears to have happened because white people living in shacks is “news”, while black people living in shacks is just another day.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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