As racism and racially motivated conduct becomes more and more eminent and spoken of in South Africa today, Miss South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters) finds herself on the receiving end of that back-lash.
The 22-year-old beauty queen met children at a soup kitchen in Johannesburg and as she was serving out food at Ikageng community center to children some of whom were also HIV-positive she was seen wearing the gloves (Source: Miss South Africa / Twitter)
Black Twitter went on a rampage calling her racist and anti-black, in which case she defended herself by saying it was only a measure to ensure hygiene while working with food.
Nel-Peters even posted a video on Twitter to clarify her actions and said “All the volunteers on site wore gloves today because we honestly thought that it’s the right thing to do while working with food and while handing out food to young kids”. Says Peters.
This actually brings the idea that racial issues in South Africa are still very much alive and a sore spot for most South Africans. This turn highlights the fact that people (especially public figures) should be more aware of how they conduct themselves around these kinds of situations.
However, one may also site that there are a lot of things that end up being aligned with “race” even when it is not intended as such or not even necessarily aligned with such.
In recent times we have had Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, who tweeted about colonialism has been good for South Africa and was ridiculed for it.
This turned out to be controversial and in her defense, she mentioned that these are hard topics that needed to be debated in the country and South Africans should not be immune from debating such in the name of protecting them. Although colonialism was a bad error, it left some legacy that can be turned into a positive new error.
With that said racially affiliated issues are not going away anytime soon, however, people should be more aware of the impact these kinds of conduct have on society as a whole.