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Monday, November 15th, 2010

Learning Zulu

The plane hits the tarmac with a brief thud. I have landed in South Africa, for the first time. As I exit through the sliding doors of the baggage claim area, an elderly woman is waving at me. She works with Amnesty International, one of the organisations I have come to volunteer for, and she

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

REVERSE RACISM

A recent survey shows that white people still sit comfortably atop the pile of income earners in South Africa. The latest South Africa Survey, published by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), shows that for...

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

THE RACE ISSUE

The Johannesburg weekly newspaper, “Mail & Guardian,” recently published its (annual?) “Race Issue.”  The idea of a “Race Issue” seems odd as a topic in South Africa since race define that country’s everyday.  And it sort of...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

APARTHEID’S FINAL TRICK

Researcher Kelly Rosenthal writing in the Mail & Guardian about witnessing the beat-down of a poor black homeless man by black security guards in a shopping mall in Cape Town while shoppers (both black and white) look...

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

POLITICAL “ETHNICITY”

Last week three people were killed and scores of others injured or left homeless in attacks on members of a poor squatters movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, outside the country’s third-largest city, Durban. The attackers shouted: “‘The AmaMpondo are...

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

South Africa: “The whites are pretending it didn’t happen. The blacks are pretending to forgive”

One of the most clearheaded assessments of the new South Africa that I’ve read in a while. It’s a line from an article by The Guardian’s South Africa correspondent, David Smith. It’s what a cynic told him about...

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