Singer Danny K took to Twitter over the weekend to share his thoughts on racism in South Africa, sparking online conversation with mixed responses.
In a thread of tweets published on Friday, 8 March 2019, singer-songwriter Danny K (real name Danny Koppel) aired his thoughts on racism in South Africa. In his tweets, he was mostly urging white South Africans to acknowledge their privilege and how benefitting from it has marginalised people of colour.
“Not enough white people call out racism when it rears [its] ugly head. Yes, it may be uncomfortable and yes, you may be the singular unpopular opinion, but stand firm and have courage. We can no longer be silent,” he tweeted.
He followed by another tweet, saying: “I’m totally bewildered with the lack of empathy shown by many white South Africans. You don’t need to be woke to get that for the most part we have benefited from the marginalisation and exclusion of people of colour. Own your [privilege], appreciate it and pay it forward.”
Twitter user Renaldo Gouws replied by saying: “It’s problematic when an artist singles out one race and don’t look at the conversation and situation as a whole. Where are your tweets condemning the actions and behaviour of the EFF and BLF? Why target “White South Africans” as if there isn’t a bigger black middle class in RSA?”
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille replied, saying that Danny K needed spelling lessons as some of his tweets contained spelling errors.
Fellow musician Kabelo Mabalane responded to Danny K’s tweets, saying: “Proud of you champ! Remember, evil prevails when good men do nothing.”