Jolene Labuschagne, a white South African woman, based in South Africa, has remorsefully apologized to the black race after watching the movie ’12 Years A Slave’ – which was themed on slavery and racism.
In an exclusive interview (Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018) with Presspeep.com all the way from South Africa, audacious Jolene said in her opening remarks, “Thing is, a lot of white people, even if they have good hearts are not willing to look deeper and realise what made black people angry etc.
“If everyone was treated the same from the beginning then there would be no difference. Anger and hurt changes people and it can’t just disappear. I will get a lot of hate from whites for what I say but they need to try understand my view.”
In a rhetorical tone, she added, “So who has watched 12 years a slave? I watched it last night and my heart broke. I felt shamed, hurt, disgust, and I finally understood.”
She continued, “Let me explain the shame part. Yes I am white, the same colour as the evil people in this movie, but I am not them and neither were my parents, and still I do feel somewhat ashamed to be linked to people like that. I doubt that most people condoned this behavior.
Racism, the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races, is a globally pernicious and maligned influence that is hard to get rid of, yet, must be condemned when exhibited by either race – whites or blacks.
The black race, has, before antiquity was born, cried foul for being suppressed, oppressed, abused all through slavery, and generally considered inferior largely by whites.
“I see the superiority that is spoken about in those white people. They are evil and heartless and entitled. I put myself in a black person’s shoes when I watched this. I said to myself that the shame I feel even though I was not alive then or part of it then probably explains the anger felt by black people today.” She said.
Remorseful Jolene said,
“So I said to myself, it probably isn’t so easy to just “get over it” even if it didn’t personally happen to you. My best advice to myself and others have always been “put yourself in their shoes”.. But with this I ask, I beg, that we just try move on and build a better future. There are amazing black and white people and we can do this. For what it’s worth, I apologies for what happened to black people”
Going back into the dark history of South Africa during Apartheid, she burst it all out:
“I need to ask a question to the Black South Africans. So something I read on a daily basis is that you guys are angry because we feel no remorse for what our ancestors did during apartheid. First let me say I had no part in that.
“I am 35 years old and apartheid ended when I was in primary school. I have not inherited land or anything from apartheid. I don’t own any land at all. I did not study further as my parents could not afford to send me to University (yes it wasn’t free, if you wanted it you paid for it).
“I still rent property and I don’t see that I will ever own any. So my question is.. What would you guys like to see, for us to prove that we did not like/agree to apartheid? You say we are not remorseful? That we just swept it under the rug and tried to move on?
“What is it that you want to see or that should happen in your opinion in order for you to believe we have “repented for the sin of our ancestors?” I don’t want to hear “give us the land” cos that’s ridiculous.. I don’t have land to give you.
“And if that is your answer then tell me, once you have your land, will u then feel we have repented? I just need to understand what exactly u guys need to see happen before you can put apartheid aside and build a nation together with us and all South Africans?”
Jolene Labuschagne is a 35 year old married woman with one child – daughter of 15 years. She and her loving husband do sale of second-hand vehicles in South Africa.
’12 Years A Slave’ is a 2013 multiple-award winning period drama film which is an adaptation of the 1853 emotion laden slave narrative memoir.
It is our Editorial philosophy, to use our platform to fight racism and so we thank Jolene Labuschagne for granting us audience when we called on her for an interview on this publication.