Cape Town – As racial tensions continue at universities across the country, students at the University of Pretoria have taken a stand against the rage with a social media campaign that’s got
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The campaign urges students to “take a picture of themselves, with a person of another race, in grey-scale with a poster stating: #ColourBlind”.
“These students [in the photos] have made a decision to stand up and raise their voice in the form of a peaceful protest against any forms of racism,” the Facebook page states.
Photos posted to social media sites show smiling students of different races hugging and crowding around for selfies.
“I am #ColourBlind. The colour of your skin shouldn't degrade you/marginalise you from society. It shouldn't determine your quality of life,” tweeted Christopher Els in support of the drive.
Some students also held a prayer session at the university, asking God to bring an end to ongoing protests, News24 reported.
Students pray at the University of Pretoria. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
“We are seeking the face of God for him to intervene and bring about peace,” said Thobeka Dlangalala.
“We are not just asking for peace but we need transformation here on our campus and I believe it starts with a change of heart.”
But almost as soon as the campaign began, it already received criticism.
“#Colourblind movement is more like ignoring racism hoping it’ll just vanish,” tweeted Sam Ke Lo.
“Being #ColourBlind in South Africa shouldn't be celebrated. It means you are blinded to this country's racialised socio-economic inequality,” said Ryan Cummings.
The conflict at Tuks began with protests over the university’s language policy. On Tuesday, Afrikaners marched for the protection of the language at the institution. Days earlier, black and white students clashed over the matter.
Black students are in favour of Tuks changing its medium of instruction to English.