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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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Calling out racism online – is it helping?

Racism twitter

It’s 2016 and racists, sexists and misogynists are getting schooled as soon as they expose themselves. As they should be. But is the social policing we’re witnessing spreading hate, or pushing people towards worthy dialogue? Crucially, what happens next? Aaisha Dadi Patel and Dana da Silva weigh it up. Calling out “problematic” people on social media is now […]

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Racism is no monkey business: comedians on race

Racism Loyiso Madinga

Racism is no monkey business, but after the racism debacles of January 2016, we could all do with some comic relief. And we tried to find it! We approached a bunch of comedians to talk about race, Mandela’s vision and whether our country could ever move past the race debate. Their answers were not so funny. Goolam Hassen reports. […]

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Children learn about race from the state of their classrooms

IOL racism school

Children might not have the language about race, but they do have the language about what they do not have, says Equal Education’s Tshepo Motsepe. South Africa is now a country that services three types of people. At first, there were two: if you were black, you knew where you were supposed to be. Everyone else […]

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