If former US President George Bush lived in South Africaand had been called a ‘racist’, I think he would have died a long time ago from heart attack because the poor man can’t stand being called such because it “hurts” him quite a lot.
Bush told Oprah Winfrey on her show which was broadcasted on the South African Broadcasting Corporation on SABC 3 last week and during which he looked quite emotional that: “You can accuse me of my politics, but don’t accuse me of being a racist”. This after he was accused of being a racist, that he did not care about the many African Americans who were left destitute by the Katrina disaster.
Bush, as far as he looked from the TV screen, was quite emotional that he even came close to crying when he said this although I cannot tell if he was pretending or not. And if he was, well, he’s quite a good actor, but if not, I feel sorry for him that he felt that bad. He said this at the time when he was speaking to Winfrey about his book, Decision Points.
Many South Africans have called one another racist while others have been labeled as racist from left, right and center. By this one if referring to Kuli Roberts, Paul Ngubeni, Trevor Manuel, Julius Malema and Helen Zille, to mention but a few.
The word is so commonly used here that it has now tend to sound like a political gospel, for those who are in or close to the country’s political landscape.
As said in my Open Letter to Donald Trump, I do not think he would be “hurt” called a racist as much as Bush did because he sounded very racist when he said this of US President Barack Obama: I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go toColumbia and then to Harvard”.
Trump went on to say that: “I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records” and that “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard”. “We don’t know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president,” trump is quoted as having said of Obama.
The Root Online magazine report this of racism: “we can’t allow this type of backward messaging to go unchallenged. We can’t be afraid of the race card because, for millions and millions, it’s not a card. It’s their life”.