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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 […]
It all starts with where you come from, how you fit in and where in South Africa you stand as a person. This has alot to do with the privilege bestowed upon you. We had asked a group of people in South Africa about their “privilege” and this was their response. Take a look, and […]
When I met Nick, my future husband, the only thing that mattered to me was what we felt. I didn’t consider race or culture until a time came when I was inevitably faced with it. I come from a Coloured Christian home. He comes from an Indian Hindu home. I visited Durban before – and every time I […]
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 […]
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 […]
Norma Craven explains why she thinks whiteness is seen as the norm and blackness as the “other”.
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. […]
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, […]