Bianca Schoombee, an applicant for Miss South Africa 2020 has today withdrew from the competition after ‘racially insensitive’ tweets were found on her social media account.
Miss Scoombee in 2014 (Aged 15) chose to Tweet a photo that shows a young black child with an altered background-colour.
“He so black they had to change the background to white lmfaooo”
Bianca asks for forgiveness
Bianca was most likely devastated as she logged on to Social Media this morning to see that #BiancaMustFall was trending.
In response, the contestant released a short statement to defend her actions.
In a statement also released by SYNC Model was a short paragraph containing further words spoken by Bianca.
“The people of South Africa are correct in demanding the highest level of support for the freedoms and rights given by our constitution. I would not be entering Miss South Africa if I did not understand this from the onset. I ought to be an example of that. In the case of my previous tweets back when I was 15, I acted with poor hindsight and for that am sorry” said Bianca
Model Agency responds to the controversy
SYNC Model Management have today responded with a statement to defend Bianca and explained that Bianca was 15 years old.
“We do however like to reiterate that Bianca has grown so much as a woman from who she was as a teenage, and whilst we are heartbroken about her teenage ignorance and the backlash, we are proud of the change since then”
EFF Commissar & MP ‘You can’t outgrow & leave your racism in teenage years.’
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was not accepting of Bianca’s plea for forgiveness and in response, he fired right back at the Miss South Africa contestant on social media.
“Being white is a very powerful. U don’t need to be “forgiven” by victims of your racism. U just “forgive” yourself. “I forgave myself, u should do the same”: an Existential Dismissal rendering blacks invisible. Blacks are so powerless even their forgiveness doesn’t matter!” said Ndlozi
“I don’t forgive you. Go get your forgiveness from De Klerk & the Springbok! Your racism has nothing to do with individuals. Its a system of white privileged that made you & will always make you racist. Unless such a system is destroyed you can’t help, but will always be racist!” said Ndlozi
“No one should forgive racism! There is no futile/empty act like forgiving racism. Racism doesn’t even recognize you as a forgiving being. After all, how can you ask a dog to forgive you for always putting it in chains? You just forgive yourself, the dog has no power to forgive!” said Ndlozi
What others are saying
Many social media users are saying that racism is imprinted into you and cannot be grown out of. Leaving others saying that they forgive Bianca as she was young at the time and did not fully understand society.
They’re taught racism at young age, so that they can master it when they’re older…if needs be uses “apology” to shold they’re interests— Eli (@Morapeli_) May 20, 2020
And next you are going to tell us that there is no such thing as racism directed towards whites in South Africa…— The Gunslinger (@gsvz) May 20, 2020
Couldn’t agree more, racists of all colour should NOT be tolerated!!— cheeky mlungu (@cheekymlungu) May 20, 2020
We love and forgive you sweetheart, go get the crown. ❤️— Sya (@Sya_Inga) May 20, 2020