Category Archives: Race

Preserving White Power, Public Intellectualism and Silencing the Black Voice: Why Kameel Premhid and Thorne Godinho are wrong about Andile Mngxitama

Preserving White Power, Public Intellectualism and Silencing the Black Voice: Why Kameel Premhid and Thorne Godinho are wrong about Andile Mngxitama

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* I recently read a poor attempt to silence South African social commentator and activist Andile Mngxitama, or rather a call to “boycott” him by Kameel Premhid and Thorne Godinho in the Mail & Guardian’s Though Leader page. The duo claims that “Mngxitama has a long and troublesome history of advocating a-part-hate.… Continue Reading

“News Cameras never come”: A Tale of Two Worlds in South Africa and the Politics of Invisibility

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* In his memoir, “Decoded”, American rap icon Jay-Z explains the history behind his song “Where I’m From”. In the opening lines of the song he tells us “I’m from where the hammers rung, news cameras never came”, meaning he is from the lower echelon of society: the ghetto. He brings our… Continue Reading

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* I recently watched the film “Savages” by director, Oliver Stone. The film, based on the novel by the same name by Don Winslow is centered around two young (white) male friends (Ben and Chon) who grow marijuana in Laguna Beach, California. They produce a particular potent strain of marijuana, which has… Continue Reading

Putting the “white” back into the White House: Race baiting, Barack Obama and memories of Jim Crow

Putting the “white” back into the White House: Race baiting, Barack Obama and memories of Jim Crow

Tweet By: Merrian* When I saw this picture with the inscription “Put the white back in the white house” I was dismayed.  Not surprised, but definitely disappointed. Regardless of how one feels about the politics of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who also happens to be black: one thing is clear in… Continue Reading

What lies under the carpet?

What lies under the carpet?

Tweet by Mathe Victoria Maema* True to its advertising, I experienced some “Days of Amazing” at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. All my senses were practically stimulated, and sometimes, like a pendulum, I swung from a position of extreme repulsion to enjoyment beyond measure. Interestingly, irrespective of the position I was, one… Continue Reading

“Arab Spring” or Tafsut Imazighen?

Tweet I was confused when people first started talking about the “Arab Spring.”  I’m North African, I thought, but I’m not Arab.  Everyone was talking about “ the Arab world,” “Arab countries,” and “Arab revolutions,” caught up in the excitement of the international headlines but reading from a safe distance.  There have been countless lectures,… Continue Reading

My Black Identity

Tweet As an African American descendant of slaves I have thought often of what it means to be black. As a child I fit the classic model of an “overachieving” black kid, always deemed as “acting white”. I played soccer, spoke proper English and did well in school. I was doomed with such a resume… Continue Reading