STATEMENT FROM THE HSSC:
A response to the "Vindictive victimhood at UCT" article.
Greetings fellow students,
As many of you may have seen or heard, there is an article circulating around our campus detailing how black 3rd year medical students are allegedly bullying their non-black classmates and how this is a growing culture among black UCT students. We are aware that the author of the article is Professor David Benatar, a 3rd and 4th year MBChB Ethics lecturer from the Department of Philosophy.
We as the HSSC reject the notion that black students are "cry-bullies" for calling out people who victimize and discriminate against them. We believe that the article is not a reflection of the true experiences of I-JCT students as the opinion on "victimhood at UCT" is based on the experiences of just two non-black students in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
It is evident that the article is entrenched on the subjective experiences of those two students on select occasions. Not all past interactions between these two groups of students are accounted for in the article. Furthermore, we believe the article is deepening the divide among students in the class and that is going to negatively affect how these students interact with each other in the future.