July 30, 2008

The Place: A former whites-only male hostel.

The Participants: 4 white students; 5 elderly black cleaners

The Event: The five blacks on their knees eating meat off the floor. A student had urinated on (or appeared to have) the meat.

The Message of the 4 white students: “That, at the end of the day, is what we think of integration.”

The filmakers from top left, clockwise: Johnny Robert, Roelof Malherbe, Schalk van der Merwe, Danie Grobler

The Reitz was a guesthouse until the university began integration in the mid1990s. At that time it became a “whites only” hostel because of the numerous attacks upon blacks at the University.

It has been decided that the Reitz will be shut down as of today and reopen in 2010 as an diversity center with a focus on real change.

Nope, not in the US. This was in South Africa. And I’m wondering have we in the US come any farther? I’d like to believe that we have. But, there are pockets….

Story here, here, and here.


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