Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela urged outgoing Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to apologise for a tweet about black privilege.
On Thursday, Zille responded to an tweet of an American poet addressing white privilege by saying, “Why is she saying this stuff in English?
After being questioned about her views, Zille went on to say that black privilege is “being able to loot a country and steal hundreds of billions and get re-elected. If ppl (people) want permanent poverty for the masses they are going about it in the wrong way”.
Despite trying to explain herself several people on social media have expressed outrage over her tweets.
This is not the first time Zille has raised a few eyebrows for her views, in 2017 she caused anger after she insisted that the legacy of colonialism had positive effects as well.
Dear @helenzille white privilege is universal and comes with the premium the world places on whiteness plus accumulated historical advantages. To equate it with black privilege is myopic. To brand blacks as looters and political pretenders is wrong. Please withdraw and apologize https://t.co/vTwbyn7aDI
— Prof Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) May 17, 2019
My point, clever one, is that racial generalizations work both ways. If you can generalize about "white privilege" there are plenty of generalizations that can be made about "black privilege". I'm sure you can grasp that point. NO??
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 17, 2019
You clearly don’t understand white privilege. We had plenty technology here that was eroded/annihilated by colonialism. You did us zero favours by colonising us.
— Literate Lion (@HlomlaDandala) May 16, 2019
Helen Zille is really trying to create something like black privilege when these are the people who were oppressed, dehumanized and killed for CENTURIES like it’s not still continuing today in our “racist” free world. https://t.co/ksmLJCQEQQ
— (@NeesEsau) May 17, 2019
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