After an audio recording leaked to the press last year where Angelo Agrizzi repeatedly used racial slurs during a meeting at his house with members of the Watson family and others, Eusebius McKaiser questions whether journalists should quote him verbatim.
If you want to talk about someone using the K-word for purposes of discussing prejudice, should you broadcast the actual alleged prejudice or should you bleep it out? Whether it is in a newspaper, a book, film or whether it is on the radio or on television?— Eusebius McKaiser, presenter
I have never had a clear view on this. For the most part, I am inclined with my liberal commitment toward free speech and honest debate to broadcast something in a full-fledged manner so that we can be clear. When someone calls you in America the N-word or in South Africa the K-ward, he or she doesn't go hey K.— Eusebius McKaiser, presenter
There is for me, something disingenuous about doing that, but it's something that I have never been comfortable with because there is a part of me that thinks on the one hand, when you quote someone, that probably gives you a safe space, in terms of process and ethics.— Eusebius McKaiser, presenter
To be able to say I am not doing this to trigger feelings, I am quoting for the purposes of drawing attention to that particular speech act and now, can we analyse it.— Eusebius McKaiser, presenter
He adds that there is also a part of him that questions whether he is being gratuitous by quoting that particular speech verbatim.
Eusebius says Agrizzi's rant, raises a lot of issues that need to be discussed including him (Agrizzi) commenting about his slurs and explaining himself as to why he was making racial slurs.
Don't be racist, coming out as a racist is not an achievement and secondly, can we stop thinking that there is a context defence or a context explanation for using the word K***r.— Eusebius McKaiser, presenter
The word is intrinsically racist and there is no context in which its use can be deemed to be less unacceptable than someone who uses it more spontaneously than in the three hours context that you imagine, had we all seen it would have made no difference.— Eusebius McKaiser, presenter
No, no context can absolutely explain the use of the word, it is a racist full stop.— Eusebius McKaiser, presenter
He says Agrizzi admitting that he is a racist, doesn't get Dudu Myeni and all those implicated at the inquiry off the hook.
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