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Let’s start with political leaders

Let’s start with political leaders

As we approach municipal elections and the likely attendant bad behaviour from the competing parties, measures to combat racism take on new urgency, writes Ryland Fisher. It was an honour to attend the launch on Thursday of the Racism Stops With Me campaign, which is supported by Independent Media and a few partners. It was […]

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Breaking down Black Culture: ‘Skin lightening’

Lighter skin phenomenon

Less than R50 is all you need to turn the ‘darker’ you into a ‘yellow bone’. You’re also guaranteed it will take about two weeks to start seeing results. People have been bleaching their skin for some time now and many say it is because they do not look beautiful with their dark skin, so a lighter […]

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#ForBlackGirlsOnly – Life is tough when you’ve got tits

Lesego Makgatho pic

In a world that is anti-black, anti-women, anti-poor, you are most likely to live with your guard up. Yes. Life is hard when you’re a woman. I want to look at how society has played a major role in our lives and how my subconscious is also conditioned. Making my way to the For Black […]

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Ronnie Kasrils: Unless we tackle the root cause, we cannot fully vanquish racism

Ronnie Kasrils
Picture: Antoine de Ras

Janet Smith: Please describe the suburb in which you grew up in terms of racial identities, and how people did or did not find each other across those divides. Ronnie Kasrils: Well, first let us start with another question. What are the causal roots of racism? Racism is a system of domination that came into […]

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Breaking down Black culture: “My English accent”

Omphitlhetse Mooki Morning Editor of The Star (left), Lesego Magkatho, MOJO Editor, Botho Molosankwe Journalist of The Star (right)

When eNCA’s Andrew Barnes corrected Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga for her mispronunciation of the word epitome, he also added that someone should teach her how to pronounce the word properly. Why do people care so much about how people speak? Does Mr Barnes know how to pronounce words in the minister’s mother tongue? Within the black […]

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The Privilege Walk. Where do you stand?

Where do you stand?

It all starts with where you come from, how you fit in and where in South Africa you stand as a person. This has alot to do with the privilege bestowed upon you. We had asked a group of people in South Africa about their “privilege” and this was their response. Take a look, and […]

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Everyone referred to me as the ‘coloured girl’

Lauren Daniels tell us how it feels to be referred to as 'the coloured girl'.

When I met Nick, my future husband, the only thing that mattered to me was what we felt. I didn’t consider race or culture until a time came when I was inevitably faced with it. I come from a Coloured Christian home. He comes from an Indian Hindu home. I visited Durban before  – and every time I […]

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‘I’m either called a coconut or a foreigner for not speaking Zulu’

'I'm either called a coconut or a foreigner for not speaking Zulu'

Slindile was adopted at the age of three by a white couple, Heidi and Neik Wit. Slindile has never experienced any discrimination from her family based on her skin colour, but her family is an example of a rose surrounded by thorns. The country always preaches about unity, a rainbow nation and how they wish white and […]

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