- Oxford student claims he has no regrets of bringing waitress to tears for being white.
- 24-year-old hypocrite and Rhodes Scholar, Ntokozo Qwabe, also instrumental in the removal of Victorian statue of Cecil Rhodes.
A student at the University of Oxford who demanded the removal of a state of Cecil Rhodes and bragged on social media about upsetting a white waitress insists he has no regrets, claiming he was “disrupting whiteness.”
Ntokozo Qwabe, who is, ironically, studying at Oxford under a Rhodes Scholarship, reduced 24-year-old Ashleigh Schultz to tears after he and a friend wrote “We will give tip when you return the land [sic]” on a Café bill. They proceeded to gloat on social media that they had caused a white woman to cry with “typical white tears,” leaving him “unable to stop smiling because something so black and wonderful had happened.”
The move provoked a massive backlash against Mr. Qwabe with critics branding him a “hypocrite” and a “racist bully.” However, the student defended his actions, claiming the waitress’ reaction was “entrenched patriarchy” because it led to white males speaking up in her defence. Discussing the incident, Qwabe told the Johannesburg website The Daily Vox: “Quite frankly, her feelings are irrelevant to us.
“If you think people demanding a just society in South Africa is a borderline offence then you are clearly out of touch. Her working-class status isn’t as material as it is made out to be. Even if she’s working class, she is linked to whiteness. By virtue of her skin colour, she is privileged.”
The Rhodes Scholar explained that he and his friend’s intention was to “disrupt whiteness in a particular space,” claiming that this was explained to the waitress but the manager “made a scene.”
The racist student founded and led a successful campaign to remove a Victorian statue of Cecil John Rhodes displayed at the University of Oxford’s Oriel College. Rhodes set-up a scholarship programme for those who cannot afford to attend the world-leading 920-year-old university. Past Scholars include American Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, US, Pete Buttigieg, Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, and Tony Abbott, the former Prime Minister of Australia, amongst others.