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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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“Love has no colour, why does hate?”

Lisa with her friend Daina

Racism has taken over our hearts and minds. While this complex beast lurks in our streets, workplaces and in the corridors of our social media platforms, we take a look at interracial adoption for a more nuanced understanding around the issue. Lisa Sofute, 23, was adopted at the age of 10. Her biological mother, Joyce Sofute died […]

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In the world of a 3-year-old, race was non-existent

Amber-Rose with her mom where love sees no colour

“Same, Same,” said Amber-Rose pointing at her dad’s forehead and hers when she heard me asked what they would tell her if one day she asked why was she different. I was surely surprised that the little girl was listening to me while I loaded her parents with questions. And what a beautiful response she gave. In […]

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

kine arms

  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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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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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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The reality of racism

DA members find proceedings amusing during question time for President Jacob Zuma. A number of whites, including senior DA leaders, refuse to face up to racist realities, argues the writer. Picture: Jeffrey Abrahams

Part A: Oh my word, guys, isn’t South Africa, like, just the most awesome place to live in now that apartheid is over? So many bad things don’t happen any more. It’s totally cool. Racism, for example, doesn’t exist anymore. Ja, sure, we like have cultural differences and stuff, and poverty and unemployment are bad. […]

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Let’s talk about sex education: race and shame in South Africa

Sarah Emily Duff, University of the Witwatersrand There are many ways for young people to learn about sex. In talks between parents and children, in the sharing of information between peers, in initiation schools and in ceremonies preceding marriage, young people have learned about sex and sexual reproduction. They also learn about how societies define […]

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Why culture, not race, determines tastes in music

Music is culturally - and not racially - ingrained. Reuters/Andrew Winning

Winfried Lüdemann, Stellenbosch University One frequently hears questions such as: Why do different races generally listen to specific genres of music? Why do music genres have a huge racial divide? In societies obsessed with and manipulated by the notion of race, these questions are understandable. But it is also understandable that, for many forward-thinking people, […]

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