An image of the Zimbabwe Under-21 Women’s Hockey team standing according to race moments before departing for the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport has invited scorn among some locals who felt the photoshoot unnecessarily depicted racial differences.
The reactions followed a Twitter post by CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere wishing the national team well in the competition.
However, some of those commenting on Mahere’s thread saw everything wrong with the photoshoot.
@JorongaT said felt the image had a sour taste in it because of the racial undertones it inadvertently depicted.
“Whilst I wish them good luck, let’s avoid racial discrimination. The picture will draw a lot of questions which will end up defeating the whole purpose,” read the post.
@Ndinindadarowee said, “They should randomly mix for a photoshoot..not patches of white and black..to show unity.”
@Munya80219632 is among those who raised the flag.
I hope I’m not the only one something is not right with this photo bt well done ladies
@Blessin22402309 felt they should have been allowed to stand by height and not colour.
However, there were others who saw nothing wrong with the image.
@Gdawudunagmail1 scolded those who saw negative in the image saying outsiders must not force associations among people.
“Why do you always choose to be negative. These people are humans why force associations. Who chooses for you? Let me ask .. how many white friends do you have wena .. iwewe . So when you go to school and take a photo you wanna stand next to someone you have never spoken to . Aii,” read the post.
Former national player and Hockey Association of Zimbabwe secretary Sarah Bennet defended the phot, producing a different image of the same team which had black and white players mixed.
“Not sure why a quick photo at the entrance of an airport can get misconstrued and twisted. Herewith picture from yesterday,” read the post.