Good morning Bianca Schoombee, as you would say “Good morning SA”, seriously now? I am not one to give issues of racism any attention because when I was 14-years old I knew “racism” was wrong! But then again, we all make excuses, even for making excuses there’s always an excuse, writes Buchule Raba.
On Wednesday morning Miss SA hopeful Bianca Schoombee issued an apology after her tweet(s) from 6-years ago were dug up.
“Good morning SA, in light of recent event(s) regarding my tweets from 6 years ago, when I was 14 years old (I said ‘He so black they had to change the background to white lmfaooo’ – always add what you did as part of your apology if you mean it), I would like to profusely apologize for putting it out into the universe then, however, I would like to make you all aware that I have grown as a person, this is no longer who I am or what I stand for,” said Bianca Schoombee in a statement.
Well, let me bring some research to the fore. What happens at the age of 14? Cognitive development: At this age, teens’ intellectual powers allow for perception and insight. Their sense of humor changes and they can grasp abstract relationships and double entendres. While they can be susceptible to naïve opinions and one-sided arguments, they can also reflect, analyze, and confront moral and ethical questions (even if they might not be ready for the answers).
“Being the person that I am today, I have now dealt with my past by praying (If prayer was a tool to deal with racism it would have been long gone by now – sorry). I am using social media as a tool to better myself, to engage with friends, fans, and followers, and to inspire,” wrote Bianca Schoombee.
Bianca Schoomee said that it’s important to forgive yourself.
“I really hope that SA can forgive me for these immature posts, as I have forgiven myself and moved on. I really do hope that you continue to support me as we all deserve a second chance. I love you, South Africa. God Bless,” said Bianca Schoombee.
Bianca, we are not going to forgive racism of any sort. We are not going to forgive you because you have done that favor for yourself. We are not going to forgive you because it is suitable for this time in your career. We are not going to forgive you at all Bianca. In fact, your apology belongs to the nearest municipality that you can reach to allow them to do the service of trash collection.
You had common sense and according to Common Sense Media, social and emotional development teens tend to have an inward absorption, as they’re increasingly aware of their own feelings. They’re also intensely interested in/concerned by their peers and what their peers think of them – from their appearance to their actions (i.e. what everyone else is doing is a huge influence). This will likely coincide with teens’ focus shifting away from their family and an increasing tendency to be dramatic (as well as a possible risk for developing anti-social behavior). On the plus side, it’s easier for kids this age to make ethical decisions, and they’re developing their own ideas on social issues – which they may be excited to discuss.
At 14-years-old teens can now glean educational value from less straightforward situations, and gaining an understanding of negative situations can be educational, especially in historical context (this history includes racism). Continue to expose teens to a diversity of experience, ethnicity, race, and socio-economic situations. All these are appropriate at age 14.
Bianca Schoombee’s age at that time according to Common Sense Media, as teens start to look out to the world around them and experience different cultures, lots of challenging content gets introduced – though teens are also able to think critically and distance themselves from the material emotionally. It’s important for teens to become global citizens; learning how other societies behave is a critical 21st-century skill.
With the above said, Bianca Schoombee was busy tweeting racism. She was busy offending black children her age. How do we allow her to even be associated with Miss SA? Does she know what is a rainbow nation? Bianca, just stay away from Miss SA. It is as simple as that.
Bianca Schoombee at age 14-TEEN, well, teens may be trying to balance what it means to develop ethical standards with being accepted by their friends and peers. Use situations on TV shows, in the movies, and in the news as springboards to talk about complexities of character. Also, as teens watch more adult content and play more adult games, sexual, racial, and ethnic stereotypes will become more pronounced – be ready to talk about what teens are seeing.
With the above said, where were your parents when you were so exposed to the world? Were they teaching you how to make racial jokes towards blacks? What were the teachings at home about racism? What were the comments made by your parents when they see black people on TV? What did you learn from these if they were not about racism?
Racism is a serious issue. Racism is racism. You were very aware of the comments you’ve made. You knew exactly what you were saying and the intention you intended it for. You cannot come back to tell us about “prayer” whose prayer? Should we all just pray and wish racism can go away tomorrow? The fact that there are still racist people means that prayer does not bear any fruits. For me, keep your apology, in fact, shove it where the sun will never shine?.
However, as ignorant as they are Sync Models is currently campaigning for their model Bianca.
I’ve never felt anything when a person becomes racist towards me as an individual. However, I feel disgusted when a person makes lame excuses about their behavior. I am praying that you’ve really changed and you are not an actress of pressure being surrounded by the Miss SA brand.
Watch Mpho’s take below – @IG_Dash_Kaay:
To read more about age-14 ratings click on my source Common Sense Media [HERE].
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