I spent far too much time on Facebook yesterday, on somebody else’s thread, explaining to a ‘I don’t see colour’ racist why believing that a photo wasn’t true of a white teacher segregating children of colour in her class in a school in the Northern province was exactly the result of his racism. My argument, in which I stayed unusually calm and persistent, followed his textbook one from outrage, through denial, to criticising me for not seeing his point of view, to blaming my tone.
This was his first post, defending the teacher, and supporting the fake news spread after the initial picture went viral. “There’s no racism here, folks!”
He carries on, in total support of the poor, maligned teacher.
Then I get involved. I try.
I stay there. Still trying.
And on and on. (I haven’t put everything here because it is more of the same.)
And on. This is where he engages with somebody else and does my favourite. Talk about me in third person and complain about my tone and style.
This was all on someone else’s (a black person’s) thread. I will not be engaging like this again. Send me your racists. Let’s do the work.