Felicia Mabuza-Suttle: I am reliving apartheid under Trump

Felicia Mabuza-Suttle says living in America under US president Donald Trump is similar to living under apartheid. Image: Twitter/Felicia Mabuza-Suttle

Veteran TV talk show host Felicia Mabuza-Suttle has reflected on the traumatic experiences she lived through under apartheid, comparing it to her life now in America under the leadership of Donald Trump.

Ma Felicia was touched by several comments made by MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid comparing the two governments, and shared the clip on her Instagram account this week.

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RELIVING #APARTHEID UNDER TRUMP. Do our children know what we went through as black people in #SouthAfrica? Listen to how eloquently @joyannreid of @msnbc compares @realdonaldtrump's racist policies to those of #apartheid South Africa. She is on point! This brought back memories of growing up as a little girl in South Africa, traumatized by police arresting black men, including my father and uncle, and walking them for hours handcaffed in pairs, as they rounded up neighborhoods asking men for #Passbooks. Remember telling my brother and sister, I was happy I was not a man, and thus would not be arrested for a #Passbook. To this day, those memories remain indelible in my mind. I remember seeing Black men thrown into the back of a police van. I can still hear that deafening knock on the door, in the middle of the night, from the Afrikaner police shouting, "Open the door, police,#Pass!" #JoyReid of @amjoyshow articulates this so well in this clip. I live in an upscale neighborhood in Atlanta, but I never do my afternoon exercise walks, without my driver's license on me, for fear of being stopped by the police. Ironically, I feel safer taking my walks in Miami. My black neighbor in Atlanta, recently told me that she was stopped by a policeman, who doubted she lived in this "upscale neighborhood." The policeman asked for her driver's license. This is the new America under #Trump. I am reliving #apartheid under #Trump. Ironically, I found out that some of the former white South Africans who live in Atlanta, who migrated to the US, are staunch supporters of #Trumpism and proudly support #DonaldTrump.

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Felicia said Joy-Ann’s argument was “on point” and likened the situation to growing up under apartheid.

“This brought back memories of growing up as a little girl in South Africa, traumatised by police arresting black men, including my father and uncle, and walking them for hours handcuffed in pairs, as they rounded up neighbourhoods asking men for Pass Books.”

She said she often told her brother and sister that she was happy she was not a man, and so she would not be arrested for a Pass Book.

“To this day, those memories remain indelible in my mind. I remember seeing black men thrown into the back of a police van. I can still hear that deafening knock on the door, in the middle of the night, from the Afrikaner police shouting, ‘Open the door, police, Pass!'”

Felicia now lives in an upscale neighbourhood in Atlanta, but says she now doesn’t leave the house without her driver’s licence, for fear of being stopped by the police.

“Ironically, I feel safer taking my walks in Miami. My black neighbour in Atlanta, recently told me that she was stopped by a policeman, who doubted she lived in this ‘upscale neighbourhood’. The policeman asked for her driver’s licence. This is the new America under Trump. I am reliving apartheid under Trump.”

She claimed that some of the former white South Africans who live in Atlanta, who migrated to the US, are staunch supporters of Trump and his ideology

Source – TimesLIVE

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