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Will someone please explain to me how Brett Murray’s painting of President Jacob Zuma with genitals showing is racist?
How is it different from similar artworks and cartoons that proliferated both here and abroad of Bill Clinton with his fly open and his genitals exposed?
How is it different from Zapiro’s depiction of George Bush having a brain scan up his backside?
How is it different from the depiction of Helen Zille in the nude? No one has described these instances as racist. They are all comments on those in power.
As I see it, Murray was making a comment on Zuma’s morals, and not his race. To call his painting racist is to imply that we may criticise only members of our own race.
That itself is pure racism.
By his own admission, Zuma has indulged in more than one extra-marital affair.
Such behaviour is not unique to any particular race.
Whether or not one thinks it is appropriate for a head of state is an opinion one is entitled to express, publicly and privately.
When the ANC planned a march to the Goodman Gallery, would it have been prepared to accept being met with a barrage of stones and other missiles?
Or is legal marching and protest, like criticism of those in power, allowable only to certain segments of the population?