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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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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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‘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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Understand where we’re coming from

Dark days: a photograph depicting separation of `whites¿ and `non-whites¿ on a bridge in Cape Town.

  Between 1960 and 1983, about 3.5 million black South Africans (black Africans, Indians, Coloureds) were forcibly removed from their homes and had to resettle in other areas, thus beginning the implementation of the Group Areas Act to enforce residential segregation. The act was aimed at segregating all South Africans according to their race and […]

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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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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

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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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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