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Calling out racism online – is it helping?

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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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“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

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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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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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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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