Solidarity blasts ‘selective’

Solidarity blasts ‘selective’ news coverage of racist incidents

Trade union Solidarity has lashed out at what it sees as ‘biased media coverage’ when reporting on racial issues: Hold on tight guys, 2017 has another ‘fake news’ complaint…

Solidarity blasts ‘selective’

During a panel discussion hosted by the union in Pretoria, Connie Mulder — no, not that one –, head of Solidarity’s Research Institute (SRI), in a 38-page report argued that the manner in which racism was dealt with in South Africa was ‘selective’ and that the press reports differently on racism committed by black and white people.

In a scathing attack on what he sees as an unfair press, Mulder’s report alleges that in cases where the transgressor was white, media coverage was “relatively extensive”, whereas when they were black, the coverage followed “a more normal pattern of distribution.”

Mulder’s biggest axe to grind is how the likes of Zuma and Malema have made hugely contentious statements about whites, and not faced the same criticism as the likes of lower-profile white perpetrators, such as Chris Hart and Penny Sparrow.

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Mulder goes on to direct his vitriol at The SA Human Rights Commission, branding them as “unbalanced” too. He didn’t just stop there, either…

“Despite the fact that the HRC should be trying to defuse racial tension and calm the stormy waters, [it] is indeed contributing to aggravating the situation by cracking down on white nobodies while allowing black somebodies to go scot-free.”

Supporters and members of Solidarity may well feel aggrieved, but their claims don’t exactly stand up to critical thinking. Malema was DRAGGED for his comments on whites and land ownership, whereas Zuma’s comments about Jan Van Riebeeck have somewhat been overshadowed by the last 1,000 gaffes he has made.

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Hart and Sparrow were called out fairly, and it was the public reaction – over anything else – that made these two cases stay in the headlines.

From the tone of Solidarity’s report, you get the feeling that this is something they will be fighting for a very long time.