Originally posted by Suzianne
It's difficult to opine about whether it was hate speech or not without the text of her post.
It took me a few seconds to look up Penny Sparrow's Facebook post on the internet:
(I have made no corrections of her grammar, punctuation, or spelling.)
"These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New years Eve And new years day
on to public beaches towns etc obviously have no education what so ever so to allow
them loose is inviting huge dirt and troubles and discomfort to others. I'm sorry to say
I was amongst the revellers and I saw were black on black skins what a shame.
I do know some wonderful thoughtful black people. This lot of monkeys just don't want
even to try. But think they can voice opinions about statute and get their way dear oh dear.
from now I Shall address the blacks of south Africa as monkeys as I see the cute little
wild monkeys do the same pick drop and litter."
--originally posted by Penny Sparrow on Facebook
1) Her post seems motivated by her observations of by some black people on a public beach.
2) She claims to know 'some wonderful thoughtful black people'.
3) But she still lumps all 'the blacks of South Africa' together as 'monkeys'.
4) She seems upset that black people with 'obviously no education' (in her opinion)
have political rights and can 'get their way' (unlike during the apartheid period).
What *may* be relevant (I don't know) is the fact that many poor black people don't
have indoor flush toilets, and so they may be accustomed to different sanitary practices.
Penny Sparrow's post seems full of racist stereotypes and the resentment toward the
newly empowered black majority that's felt by many white South Africans after apartheid.
Would any of the 'wonderful thoughtful black people' who Penny Sparrow claims to know
be willing to attest that she usually does not show any overt racism toward them?