6 minutes read March 23, 2015 Rhodes Must Fall Everywhere As I write, students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are occupying an administration building demanding the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, who keeps watch over….. Read More 17 minutes read March 21, 2015 On #SharpevilleDay: Sisonke Msimang on the myth of the new South Africa In the past few weeks there has been much consternation about the de facto existence of the dompas in the Western Cape community of Worcester. The dreaded dompas was a….. Read More 4 minutes read January 30, 2015 Roger Young’s ‘Keys, Money, Phone’ explores the heart of young whiteness in Cape Town Something is shifting in South Africa. White privilege is a hot topic, specifically in print and social media, and for good reason. In the past few months, a number of….. Read More 4 minutes read January 19, 2015 Achille Mbembe on How the Ebola Crisis Exposes Africa’s Dependency on the West In addition to the human toll, the Ebola crisis in West Africa has severe political consequences. According to Achille Mbembe, Western states present their intervention in West Africa as a….. Read More 8 minutes read January 9, 2015 The Five Phases of Blackness: Why #WhiteLivesMatter You are probably wondering about the title. I suspect that you are eager to get to the clever (perhaps desperate) twist. There is no twist. White lives matter! You may….. Read More 5 minutes read January 6, 2015 Some observations on race and security in South Africa When it rains the whole area goes tick-tick as drops fall on the electric fences. Visitors are greeted with a sign saying ”Warning criminals you are entering a Blue Zone….. Read More 3 minutes read December 12, 2014 Explaining Racism to a White South African Liberal When I say, to a black person, “that place” or “that person” is racist, they know what I mean. The same statement to a white person requires qualification. It has….. Read More ← Older posts Newer posts → ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.