THEY JUST STOOD THERE WITH NO CLOTHES ON

hostels

It’s okay to show photographs of black men in their underwear with the implication that they are criminal. That they live in a single sex men’s hostel built under Apartheid for black migrant workers, has a much to do with it. No identification or context necessary in the caption.

We normally associate this with journalists and publications from Europe and North America, but this time–surprise–it is a South African newspaper.

Picture series in “The Star”.

[Thanks to Herman Wasserman to pointing me towards it]

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.

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