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African News: Racist ringtone sets off alarms Black Habits Articles JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A cell phone ring tone describing violence against black people is spreading from phone to phone in South Africa via wireless technology, raising concerns in the post-apartheid country.

The Cape Argus newspaper said the new ringtone featured a song about tying a black person to the back of a truck and setting dogs on him.

Lionel Louw, chief of staff for the Office of the Premier in the Western Cape, told the newspaper the ringtone should be condemned as out of step with South Africa's multiracial democracy.

"The form of behavior reflected in the ringtone is criminal and its perpetrators will feel the full might of the law," Louw was quoted as saying.

Technical experts told the Cape Argus it was difficult to trace the origins of the ringtone, which officials say is being spread from phone to phone via Bluetooth wireless technology.

"With today's phones being able to play MP3 music files and almost any media type, it's possible for anybody with a computer to make any type of ring tone or wallpaper," said Yolanda Meyer from Designi, a firm specializing in cellular applications.
Posted on Wednesday, July 19 @ 08:36:28 MST by jcohen



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