As most of you will know, I published a post last week in which I attempted to counter professor Steven Friedman’s attack on AB de Villiers. Support from my readers has been terrific and the post has been read by almost 650 people. I’m doing what I can to generate more awareness of the issue but I’ll definitely need help from those of you in a position to offer it. If you work in media or know someone who does, please refer them to the original post and those that will follow.
What is it that we want from Friedman? Why am I making such a big deal out of this? Surely one grinch spraying bile from his isolated corner of cyberspace doesn’t warrant this much of a fuss? The issue is that this is a man who is playing a very important role in shaping the attitudes of South Africa’s future leaders. Friedman must be held accountable for his statements. South Africa is in a fragile enough state without people using positions of influence to generate discord in order to further their own warped agendas. So if you know this man or know anyone that knows him, please do what you can to get him to read this and respond.
Steven Friedman, I call on you to withdraw your statements on AB de Villiers’ supposed racism and explain to your students why it is irresponsible to make such public harmful declarations without having done the necessary research.
Adriaan du Toit