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Some guy just tried to take an innocent High School initiation picture and turn it into another racist post… and the internet shut him down!


A photo of young High School boys, taping each other to poles in what looks like initiation, starting doing the rounds on social media yesterday.

Initiation in schools has changed vastly since the days of torture and bullying and has become some-what fun.

The older boys (usually in Matric) come up with ways to “test” the new-comers and ultimately make them feel like they are part of the new High School family… always over-seen by the teachers.

“In my school year we spent our initiation week with watermelon fights, carrying rocks around as pets, wore our clothing inside out and ended off the week by doing a massive muddy obstacle-course in front of the entire school.”

Julius Mmeli Mdluli, an EFF Ekurhuleni Councilor, posted a photo yesterday of a bunch of kids initiating each other at a high school in South Africa.

Mdluli insinuated that the process was racist and demeaning but the internet quickly shut him down.

High School Initiation Pic

Social media users took to the post to explain what everyone could clearly see shutting his comments down completely:

Feroz Hassen commented: “It’s school initiation and kids are playing around, has nothing to do with Racism”, trying to stir drama on social media #DoLoLo”

Sibusiso Dexter Tshabalala If you look on the left you’ll see a white person also being taped up , stop using the race card for everything you see. Smh

Sho’ayb Peer added: “Mr Mdluli, this is initiation , to test grit and endurance of new students, similarly it would happen in many cultures when boys become men”

Tokollo Pila They r jst playing…..on ur left side of ur screen the white boy is also on the poll. Relax chief

Mmagapa Messiahtshepo This is school initiation guys take a look close you will see they are doing the exact same thing “white at the back…All the grades 8s go through this…

Dineo Mathole Can we analyze this picture correctly because they are doing the same thing to the white boy. Isn’t this called initiation because they do this in all boys schools. I hate racism but let’s stop overreacting and do our research before we can start talking about how black kids are being treated on the first day in high school. Even black prefects do this to all the grade 8 students. There are serious things that we should be talking about especially when it comes to our educational system 58 000 children are not placed in schools yet we are worried about an image that is being interpreted wrongly

This is the second time this year (and we’re only on the 13 January) that social media users have shown that they will not be roused by race-baiters.

Better than that… it shows people from all walks of South Africa standing together. And we think thats a pretty amazing way to start a new year. #StandingTogether

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