5 minutes read December 11, 2014 Black Death and Revolution In the days leading up to the grand jury decisions in the separate murders of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, there was a certain….. Read More 4 minutes read December 10, 2014 The Gambia Gambit “Everybody who is written about has an image of what he will look like on the printed page. He is always disappointed,” wrote the South African commentator Jonny Steinberg … Read More 2 minutes read December 8, 2014 Sweden’s love affair with Pippi Longstocking and “definitions” of racism Recently The New York Times picked up on one of Sweden’s latest “race controversies”: The Swedish national broadcaster announced it would broadcast an edited version of a 1969 Pippi Longstocking TV-series. The edited version….. Read More 6 minutes read December 6, 2014 #BlackLivesMatter: America’s Racial Degeneracy and Cowardice The names are added to the long hall of infamy with sickening, stultifying regularity. The latest include Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and all those black boys….. Read More 5 minutes read December 6, 2014 Hey Ridley Scott, ‘Mohamed so-and-so’ wants his job back The controversy surrounding Ridley Scott’s casting in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” (it opens on December 12th) has reached a pinnacle of absurdity. As if the discussion had not become ridiculous….. Read More 6 minutes read December 4, 2014 Remembering Differently The Haitian scholar Michel-Rolph Trouillot opens his remarkable work “Silencing the Past” by pointing to the ambiguity of the word ‘history’. History is both ‘what happened’ and ‘that which has….. Read More 3 minutes read November 17, 2014 Why debating and getting rid of blackface won’t be a priority in Belgium Why is the discussion surrounding Zwarte Piet getting far less traction in Belgium than it does in the Netherlands? For me, it boils down to one issue: racism in Belgium….. Read More ← Older posts Newer posts → ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.