I know a lot of reformed ex-convicts felt slighted by the misappropriation of the term ‘jail time’. The Pangani6 talked about jail like they had returned from a team building exercise on Robben island.
It is difficult to understand the roots of tribal prejudice without a deep interrogation of a country’s history. Often, what we label as hate is just an uninformed stereotype that has been told frequently and rarely scrutinized for truth. Hateful stereotypes are passed on like bad manners and make the perfect cover for “othering”.
I was schooled to fit into a box of conformity and express outrage on defined terms which amounted to a signed detailed note slipped into a suggestion box. It was the price of acceptance. To speak out meant one was angry and hence unreasonable.