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Meet Penny Sparrow’s ‘wonderful, thoughtful’ black friends

It’s fair to say that there’s been more than a little anger and vitriol on South African social media over the past couple of weeks. It comes as relief then to discover that the country’s citizens are capable of taking on that rage with honest-to-goodness humour.

Video has emerged of Penny Sparrow’s — she of the racist Facebook post comparing black people to monkeys — “wonderful, thoughtful” black friends.

Read more: #PennySparrow: Twitter isn’t buying estate agent’s half-baked apology

The video stars young, black urbanites “Xola” and “Khanyise” and explains why Sparrow’s posts were totally misunderstood. It also offers valuable insight on why the more black people a white person works with, the less racist they are, and why they’ve created the “friends of blacks” card.

For some reason they don’t seem particularly keen on talking to black journalists though.

Check it out.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More

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