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Monday, February 18th, 2013

Sports Illustrated does Namibia

Jezebel has already gone overboard commenting on and identifying the obvious misogyny and racial stereotyping in Sports Illustrated’s Seven Continents spread. They went through each photo, tagging them with gems such as:

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Germany’s Namibian Legacy

So the Bundestag have once again refused to acknowledge that the systematic murders of four ethnic groups in Namibia between 1904 and 1908 wasn’t genocide.  Late last month, March 22, the German parliament debated a motion proposed...

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Found Objects, No. 12

Following my brief post (more a series of video clips) about African-American comedians and their ‘Africa’ jokes, blogger/musicologist Wayne & Wax alerted me to this album cover for Richard Pryor’s self-titled, debut comedy album in 1968. A...

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The ‘Lost Bushmen’

It is still okay to create the most objectionable stereotypes about certain Africans and for it to be considered fine. An Indian soft drink company, Parle Agro, is marketing a new soft drink, called LMN, with a...

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Among the Savages

I asked journalist, filmmaker and photographer Pablo Mediavilla Costa, also one of my students at The New School, to give some perspective on the Spanish reality TV series, ‘Perdidos en la tribu’ (‘Lost in the tribe’) filmed,...

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

HEY BOTSWANA, GIVE THE BUSHMEN A BREAK

From “The Economist,” who goes a bit overboard on how different the ways of the Bushmen (known also as the San, or Basarwa in Tswana) are, but gets the larger injustice across: When Botswana’s High Court ruled...