EDITORIAL | Keep the knee-jerk racism as well as the looters at bay

As people start feeling threatened, their latent prejudices come to the fore. This does no-one any good

15 July 2021 - 19:14 By sunday times daily

True character quickly rises to the surface when humans are under pressure. Durban residents this week set up community checkpoints to protect themselves from violent looters. It quickly spiralled into an “us and them” situation, eclipsing what was probably a well-intended, spontaneous reaction driven by fear and lack of faith in the police to keep them safe. But it has already started revealing a much more disturbing side of our psyche...

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