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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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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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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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‘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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