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Don't hate, congratulate our Miss World

Lebohang Nthongoa | 2014-12-15 10:12:22.0
Miss South Africa and the 2014 Miss World, Rolene Strauss (C), poses in her seat after being crowned next to first runner up Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar (L) and second runner up Miss United States Elizabeth Safrit (R) during the grand final of the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Excel London ICC Auditorium in London on December 14, 2014.
Image by: LEON NEAL / AFP

Wow, what a surprising reaction from some South Africans about Rolene Strauss's Miss World victory. Social media is abuzz with reaction over her crowning last night, with most giving positive feedback, as I had anticipated.

But there are few who have put a racist spin on what should be a proud moment for all patriotic South Africans.

Rolene did a fantastic job representing South Africa on the Miss World stage, and I do not see what race has to do with her victory. I do not remember people having anything negative to say when she won Miss South Africa, so why the bitterness over her representation of the country, as a South African?

There has been one or two black Miss USAs, and I'm wonder if they caused debate as to 'how American' they are within their own country. But when they hit the stage to represent the US, international audiences saw them as American.

The same way they see Rolene as a South African.

It is shameful and embarrassing to say the least to see comments from people on Facebook saying things like 'She's a European not an African. Police are killing our brothers in the U.S.' and 'Does/Can she speak any African indigenous language?'

There is not a society in the world that is exclusively one race! Things like sport, arts and pageantry are great unifying ways within any society to bring people together, and people should use it as such.

We need to move beyond colour and treat every South Africa as equals. No one race has rights over the other, and no one race is more deserving or beautiful than the other. We all have have something to contribute within our country, and that is because we are not all alike.

I echo the sentiments of Facebook users like Nthabiseng Rasana and Vho-Rabz Mamoruti when they say: 'Makes me proud 2b a South African woman has beauty, brains and a loving heart , lovely smile that could melt any heart beautiful m so proud of her' and 'Indeed South Africa has gorgeous women #proud moments #whether she's black or white'


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