End blackface! Tell University of Pretoria to do more to end racism

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End blackface! Tell University of Pretoria to do more to end racism

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Two University of Pretoria students have been photographed in ‘blackface’, while the university claims disciplinary steps have been taken and an investigation launched [1] It’s clear by the number of people justifying the actions of students that a culture of racism is alive and well at the University of Pretoria. We're calling on the Vice-Chancellor to enforce a dramatic change against this racist culture and ensure such behavior is met with immediate expulsion.

[1] SA University probes racist photo, This is Africa

Dear Dr. Cheryl de la Rey (Vice Chancellor of the University of Pretoria)

While we applaud your actions disciplining your students and launching an investigation into the racist behaviour of dressing in blackface, we, the undersigned, have had enough of this culture that practices and condones racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination prohibited in the Constitution, expressly or not. We understand the students' behaviour reflects attitudes deeply ingrained in the broader South African society. However, it is your duty as educators to teach students about race, gender, class, sexuality and other sites of historical and contemporary oppression. This is the only way to change the culture of prejudice that proliferates our society.

We demand that you institute a program to tackle, at a structural and interpersonal level, how this culture of racial and other prejudice manifests at your university. The program you institute should make it clear to your university's students, staff and alumni that prejudice is unacceptable in a South Africa founded on human dignity, and should detail clear and unambiguous steps towards amending your student code of conduct to make such behaviour punishable by immediate expulsion.

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  • signed 2016-06-16 04:35:58 +0200
    These two people are supposed to be representing our future generation? Not looking very promising…
  • signed 2016-02-10 12:28:01 +0200
    How can we South Africans celebrate Freedom Day every year but yet there are still people who continue with racism, discrimination and xenophobia…?

    What are we in this country? Aren’t we a Rainbow Nations… One Love, One Heart and One Country. Why do we have to do this to ourselves and to our country…? No one belongs in this country yet Whites has made it theirs.

    Why do we have 11 official languages if some of us would be made to feel like they don’t belong in this country?

    I don’t believe in racism, discrimination and xenophobia because I only believe that we are one. No number you can multiply by one and get a different number. So why don’t we stick from being One Love, One Heart and One Nation?
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  • signed 2014-08-14 14:57:10 +0200
    Africa for Africans!
  • signed 2014-08-12 16:45:25 +0200
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  • signed 2014-08-09 20:48:30 +0200
    We can not Rolarate such behaviour
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    Join the campaign to end blackface! Tell University of Pretoria to do more to end racism
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  • signed 2014-08-08 15:23:40 +0200
    Any university housing students who find dressing up in blackface acceptable is a university that needs more extensive examination of racism within its culture.
  • signed via 2014-08-08 14:25:01 +0200
    Down with this kind of actions and mentalities!
  • signed 2014-08-08 12:27:01 +0200
  • signed 2014-08-08 11:16:31 +0200
    Away with dicrimination at (Tukkies) “Tuks”

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