Politics

South Africans Hate Racism, Love Dogs

South African President Jacob Zuma claimed that owning dogs is part of "white culture." Black South Africans have been posting portraits and odes to their dogs on Twitter in response.

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Just got off the phone with the bf. He's feeding his dogs & cats spending some quality time with them. *As I forward him that Zuma article*

Just got off the phone with the bf. He's feeding his dogs & cats spending some quality time with them. *As I forward him that Zuma article*-- Dineo Lusenga

#Zuma my famly has owned dogs and cats for centuries. JZ we dnt stay in Sandton

#Zuma my famly has owned dogs and cats for centuries. JZ we dnt stay in Sandton-- David Ilunga Ntengu

Zuma needs a history check as the Africanis breed of dogs have been the companion's of Southern Africa's San Bushmen since 800 AD...

Zuma needs a history check as the Africanis breed of dogs have been the companion's of Southern Africa's San Bushmen since 800 AD...-- Bazil the Bulldog

I'm a dog lover & I love my dalmation, Romeo. He is practically part of my family. I've had 2 labradors before & yes Mr President I'm BLACK!

I'm a dog lover & I love my dalmation, Romeo. He is practically part of my family. I've had 2 labradors before & yes Mr President I'm BLACK!-- Ayanda Mlotshwa

Our Ancestors used dogs for hunting, even long before the white man came. http://t.co/m9CXidsv

Our Ancestors used dogs for hunting, even long before the white man came. http://t.co/m9CXidsv-- Eng. Barbara Birungi

A photo of a young Nelson Mandela with his dog circulated:

As well as a photo of President Obama with his dog, Bo.

Rosie Gray is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. Gray reports on politics and foreign policy.

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