Leigh Anne Tuohy Update: One Of The Teens Responds

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One of the two teens involved in Leigh Anne Tuohy’s recent social media stunt has spoken out on Instagram (his name has been blurred out for privacy):

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Person One aka Teen Leigh Anne Tuohy approached at KFC:

Yeah people don’t know what really happened because I actually had money I have a job and have had one for over a year I was gonna pay for my brother the other guy in the picture but he was insisting on waiting on his uncle but his phone was dying so we were charging it which is the reason we were in KFC in the first place.and the game was only a 3 min walk up the street I don’t see why she said bus fare that kinda ticked me off a little but the way she worded it is making us sound less fortunate and that isn’t the case at…

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Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

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Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:

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We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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Whites in Black Areas

Today I listened to a story told by a white woman to a white man about an ‘amazing’ white couple that moved to the inner city of Johannesburg. It is an area where poor black people live. It is also associated with danger. The danger is not imagined but real. The white guy who is my friend glanced at me quickly as though I should be impressed to hear these news. The lady telling the story was as impressed as though this was exceptional. Something in me quietly snapped. Perhaps not so quietly. Why should this be so special? I was sickened by this.

Of course no middle class person black or white would voluntarily live there. Well, it maybe true that there maybe a few black middle class people who may live there but it will not be seen as something to write home about. They will not be celebrated for living there. Why should I be impressed by this singular white couple?

It occurred to me that black people have been so historically demonised that when white people visit black areas they are treated as though they have done some special deed that deserves high recognition. They are looked at with wonder and their story is shared widely. “See how wonderful these white people are, they have willingly humbled themselves to live among these poor blacks.” They are treated as though they are special. Perhaps they may even write a book and do talks about how they lived in a black township.

They are not special. The white people who go or choose to live among blacks are not extraordinary. They have simply become human. Perhaps that is what must be applauded that they have found their humanity among millions who are still trapped in a lie. A lie that says they are separate and superior, a lie whose root is in hell that separates them from their true humanity. Humanity must have its roots in humility.

Both whites and blacks are guilty of being bewitched by apartheid and colonial demons. Blacks exalt whites by feeling privileged to have whites among them. Blacks bought the lie that whites are superior. What nonsense! Whites are not superior, they are simply human as blacks are. Blacks are not inferior they are human beings as are whites.

By applauding white people who go to black areas we are affirming the lie that blacks are dangerous. It is black people who have been attacked in white areas, not whites going to black areas. Of course there is no such thing as black or white areas in our country since the collapse of apartheid, however residential spaces continue to be constructed that way.

The truth is that whites are not special. They are only special because they are human. The truth is that blacks are special. Blacks are special because they are human. We are equal and special for the same reasons and no other. Anything that exalts one over the other is nothing but a lie.

Blacks and whites are supposed to live alongside one another everywhere including the townships. It is strange that, that is not the case. A chessboard is black and white. That is how the game looks like. The black blocks are as important as the white blocks, so is a piano keyboard. There is no music without the coexistence of the black and white keys. There is no chess game without the black and white pieces. We need to snap out of inferiority and superiority. It is an illusion that keeps us from the truth and from living.

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Desmond Tutu

I am moved by Desmond Tutu’s spirit and heart for God and humanity. It is less about what he said more than what impacted me about him. I am moved by the depth of his undivided heart, soul, spirit and being that are completely united against injustice.

Tutu did not use many words at all. In fact he said very little but the little that he said revealed why Tutu is hard to ignore. He lives for justice.

There is a simplicity with which Tutu speaks about injustice. It is as though he were addressing children as he persuades the human race to be kind to one another. How hard can it be to love your neighbour and do good to them?

It’s as though he simply cannot understand how a human being created in God’s image can treat another human being made in God’s image badly. He makes injustices indeed seem utterly despicable on every level.

One asks what made his heart impossible to pollute since it is so easy to conform to injustice as the norm. It is as though he has just arrived on earth and he came across the most shocking injustice on earth. This injustice is without cause since love is so real how could anyone not love? How can anyone explain practices of hatred?

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