There is a deeply disturbing controversy out of one of South Africa. Ntokozo Qwabe is an Oxford student who has received incredible privileges as a Rhodes Scholar and looking at virtually limitless opportunities. However, when he and a friend went to eat recently, they refused to leave a tip for a waitress because she was white and instead left a note that reduced Ashleigh Schultz, 24, in tears. Qwabe, who has led a campaign to remove a Cecil Rhodes statue at Oxford, displayed not only his own racism but lack of humanity in the treatment of Schultz, particularly in posting a gleeful account of who he made Schultz cry “typical white tears.” He celebrated on line that he and his friend were “unable to stop smiling because something so black and wonderful had happened.”
Schultz served Qwabe at the Obz Cafe in the Western Cape, South Africa. When the meal was over, she received the bill with no tip but a note reading “We will give tip when you return the land.” According to news reports, the insult hit Schultz particularly hard because she is struggling to get by and was dealing with the emotional trauma of a mother with cancer.
Qwabe opened relished causing Schwartz to cry. In his inflammatory posting, Qwabe describes how he and his friend — who is unnamed but described as a “radical non-binary trans black activist” – refused to pay a “white woman” a tip. He then described the scene: “She sees the note and starts shaking. She leaves us and bursts into typical white tears.” He then recounts how a male waiter came to his colleague’s aide and confronted the two about their hurtful insult. Qwabe again gleefully described how the second waiter came to the table to “annoy us more with his own white tears telling us that he finds our act racist.” Even Qwabe could see the obvious disconnect of punishing two struggling waiters for the sins of a past generation, but he insisted that he was right to do so with any white person: “It is irrelevant whether you personally have land/wealth or you don’t. Go to your fellow white people and mobilise for them to give us the land back.”
Other South Africans, including many blacks, have denounced Qwabe as a heartless juvenile. Many have sent in considerable money for Schultz. A GoFund site as been set up for Schultz here
What is most shocking is to see the lack of empathy for another human being and the feeling of entitlement in treating Schultz in purely racial terms.
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