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‘Obscene’: Rebecca Davis comments on the R140,000 raised after the ‘#RhodesMustFall waitress furore’

Best White and Other Anxious DelusionsRebecca Davis has written a piece for the Mail & Guardian on the “#RhodesMustFall waitress furore”.

After two black members of the #RhodesMustFall movement wrote on their bill that their white waitress “would receive a tip when she returned their land”, R140,000 was subsequently raised for the waitress by concerned citizens in a crowdfunding effort boosted by social media.

Journalist and columnist Davis, whose book Best White and Other Anxious Delusions was released last year, recalls her own days as a waiter, at a five-star hotel in Cape Town, and says the experience of serving many “unpleasant individuals” left her with “waitering post-traumatic stress disorder”.

Davis says not tipping a waiter is a “dick move”, no matter how you look at it, and she says she did feel sorry for the waitress.

However, she adds that “the fact that R100,000 could be collected in a few days to make up for a white waitress being spurned by a black patron is obscene”:

Despite what organisers may claim, this can no longer be ­celebrated as an outpouring of kindness. This is a message from white people to black people: we still have the financial muscle to show you who’s boss.

There were no crowdfunding drives to raise money for Cynthia Joni, the middle-aged domestic worker beaten up by a white man in Kenilworth because he believed she was a prostitute.

I didn’t see any for Muhammed Makungwa, the Malawian gardener sjambokked on his way to work in Rondebosch. I must have missed one for taxi driver Michelle Nomgcana, urinated on from the balcony of Tiger Tiger nightclub.

Complete article: Mail & Guardian

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