Actual questions from a South African journalist

The long-held and widespread attitudes some South African journalists share about the struggle for liberation.

South African peacekeepers South African UNAMID forces sing to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela in North Darfur (UNAMID, via Flickr CC).

Sometimes you have to despair at the state of South African journalism, as what is the result of a mix of factors: ineptitude, juniorization, but also often the result of long held and widespread attitudes journalists share about the struggle for liberation. A journalist called me up and asked me this as a question:

“Mandela was a terrorist, yet he became an hero and international icon. Do you think the media and the way they portrayed him had something to do with this?… Why would the media choose to see the good in what he has done rather than focus on the bad?”

I did point out that reading some history might be a good idea.

Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, addresses the United Nations in June 1990 (UN Photo, via Flickr CC).

Further Reading

The United States is not a country

The US federal system is a patchwork of states and territories, municipal and local jurisdictions, each with its own laws and regulations. This complex map provides ample opportunities for shell games of “hide the money.”

Growing pains

For all the grief Afropunk gets, including its commercialization and appetite for expansion, it still manages to bring people, mostly black, together over two days for a pretty great party.