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‘Black in Cape Town’s’ Kiné reflects on THAT column

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  It’s been nearly two years since Kiné Dineo Mokwena-Kessi’s column “Black in Cape Town? Brace yourself” was published on IOL and in the Cape Argus and sparked a backlash that eventually saw comments being closed on the IOL website. We spoke to Kiné , who is now based in the UK. How do you feel about what happened? […]

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Why is whiteness seen as the norm and blackness as the “other”?

The year 1994 did not free SA from the control of colonial capitalism, says the writer. White monopoly capitalism is still in control, because it feeds off a docile, low-wage working class to extract as much value as it can. File picture: Kim Ludbrook

Norma Craven explains why she thinks whiteness is seen as the norm and blackness as the “other”.

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How to overcome racism in South Africa

How to overcome racism in South Africa

Shafiq Morton More than 300 years of colonialism and four decades of apartheid can’t simply be airbrushed out of our collective psyche, writes Shafiq Morton. Racism – as defined by the UN in 1966 – is discrimination against another person on the basis of their race, or an event that reduces human dignity through actions […]

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How apartheid sold its racism

How apartheid sold its racism

On the morning of June 8, 1988, dozens of children from Washington DC schools spread out across the well-manicured lawns of the US Capitol. Holding hands, the pupils walked one by one into the domed building. This was no ordinary field trip. The children weren’t there just for a civic lesson; they were also there […]

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Five unhelpful responses to racism

Let's get on with the debate then.

Some people have called for “a dialogue on race relations”. So let’s get on with it then. I want to list here, and discuss, five unhelpful responses to racism that pop up all too frequently when there’s an item in the news cycle – thank you Cape Town – that make us awkward about racism. […]

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Not talking about racism is not the solution

Not talking about racism is not the solution

It’s not cool to talk about a “global war on terrorism” (GWOT) largely because former US president George Bush gave the expression a bad name. His successor, Barack Obama, explicitly dropped the expression, stating that: “We must define our effort not as a boundless ‘Global War on Terror’, but rather as a series of persistent, […]

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Let’s tackle racism where it lives

Ant-racism campaign with iol

It has been an interesting few months in terms of race relations in South Africa, with social media storms over remarks made by KZN estate agent Penny Sparrow, mobile gym owner Justin van Vuuren, economist Chris Hart and eNCA anchor Andrew Barnes, among others. Sparrow and Van Vuuren made seriously derogatory comments about black people, […]

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Fighting the resurgence of racism

Anti-racism work tends to focus either on socialisation dialogues or on educational efforts and is concentrated in only a handful of under-resourced organisations, says the writer. Picture: Denzil Margele

The Anti-Racism Network of SA hopes to find a response to a hardening of racist attitudes, but it must be grounded and open, writes Luke Spiropoulos. This weekend, the Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela foundations hosted the first of what will become a series of historic workshops and conferences of the Anti-Racism Network of South […]

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