Janez Vermeiren shares tips on 'how to deal with a racist'
After getting backlash on social media with his comments on racism and white privilege, TV presenter Janez Vermeiren has laid down the rules of engagement when dealing with "racists".
The star sparked massive debate recently when he slammed white people who use the phrase "back in the good old days", labelling it insulting to those who suffered under apartheid.
"Can white people please stop using phrases like 'back in the good old days'. Imagine hearing a phrase like this if your family was oppressed by this racist system! I know we have crime and other issues but it's never okay to describe the past as something positive."
Janez's comments ruffled a few feathers and soon he was being dragged for being "fake woke" and unnecessary.
Now that the dust has somewhat settled, Janez returned to social media to share his tips on how to deal with "racists" who come knocking in your notifications.
Janez said racists should not be given a voice, and one should simply hit the block button should you encounter one online.
Rules of engagement when dealing with racists. Step 1: reply (make sure its a goodie)— Janez Vermeiren (@Janez_Vermeiren) March 25, 2019
Step 2: block (immediately after reply)
Let's not give racists a voice. They are craving for attention so don't enter into extended dialogue with them. Block, move on & leave them voiceless.
Janez further urged people to sign a petition to criminalise racism.
He received much applause on social media for bringing the issue of racism into the spotlight and speaking out as a white person.
Look I 100% agree, with Janez and Danny K. Right now is bad, but it is way better than Apartheid and Racism is sadly still real. White folks let's please stop denying that.— Power Cut Stories (@tyrone111fisher) March 25, 2019
But guys, it's spelt Privilege*
Janez I salute you and Danny. The naked truth hurts and lets face it most of your critics were never on the receiving end. Apartheid was a disgusting and heinous system that stripped the majority of their dignity. I have no fond memories of this criminal policy— Sambaman (@SambamanSam) March 25, 2019