The troubling question that just won’t go away…

The Cape Town city council’s refusal to allow organisers to host last year’s Spring Queen Pageant at the Good Hope Centre could not wipe the smile off the faces of Spring Queen Zubeida Beyers and Spring Queen Junior Zoe Hendricks. Picture: Bheki Radebe/Independent Media

 No one has tackled the awkward yet urgent question: just where does the “coloured” belong? writes Dr Siona O’Connell.  I was struck by the comment made by a UCT student who approached me after a lecture last week. “I must thank you, Siona,” she said quietly, “for talking about the ‘coloured’ experience at UCT, as […]

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7 ways on how to raise a non-racial child

Janet Smith spoke to Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State, about how to raise a non-racial child. 1.  I don’t agree with this view, that racism is entirely a consequence of economic inequality.  In that case, you’d have to explain middle class American racism. It is importantly a function […]

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I thought I was white. Now what?

Racism Mina Demian

In the USA, Arab-Americans have been classified as white for the past 70 years. With recent contestation arising around this classification, it must be asked: in a multinational context, what are the tensions around being considered white, despite being a person of colour? Aaisha Dadi Patel chatted to 34-year-old Mina Demian, a Swedish writer of Egyptian descent, living in Westdene, […]

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#RacismStopsWithMe – Take the pledge

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Show your support and take the #RacismStopsWithMe pledge. Download a copy of the pledge and share on Facebook and Twitter to show you are taking a stand against racism.

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Conscious allegiance to humanity is the best counter to racism

Engaging with race is an unforgiving affair, however one approaches it, writes Michael Morris. If embracing it can be, and perhaps always is, tainting – as it flirts with the fiction of difference – seeming to disown it, in the sense of pretending it is unaffecting, is surely delusional, as it overlooks the power and […]

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