So we all read the judge, jury and executioner headlines trumpeting that Stanford had sent a RACIST e-mail; “DA racist e-mail fury” in Monday’s Herald.
I eventually got hold of the e-mail sent out by Slabbert and, surprise surprise it had the exact same wording as that on the blog I found on the News24 Site, titled The 2014 Elections, attributed to ‘Susie’ and published on 1 June 2013 at 08:36.
Now that word racist bothers me a bit so I exercised my maths brain on the e-mail forwarded by Stanford and counted the number of times the words black, coloured, indian and white were mentioned. Reasoning – if the e-mail was racist then it would contain many references to people of a colour different to Slabbert, who is white (and not African like me!).
The number of times the different race groups was mentioned appears below:
- Black – 0
- Coloured – 0
- Indian – 1
- White – 1
The number of times political parties were mentioned:
- ANC – 7
- DA – 0
Help me out here – nowhere do I see words that say that black, coloured or indian people are useless or whatever it is that racist people say about other races.
The only racist type comment I see is about whites being dumb.
I do see a comment about the Indian Mafia which could be construed as xenophobic.
Also there are less than palatable comments about Zimbabweans, Chinese and Nigerians – once again xenophobic.
And I wonder about the context when the writer says that the people who voted