It looks like this hiatus is going to longer than I had anticipated. To keep y’all busy, here are some links of interest:
[…]It should hardly come as a surprise to anyone living in South Africa that the myth of a racially reconciled nation is a lot of insidious hogwash.
The truth is that South Africa is a racist cesspool replete with the usual historical aggressors and victims that characterise the binary of racialised oppression.
If you doubt the veracity of my opinion please take a casual gander at what goes for reader commentary underneath articles that are racially contentious, or even just suggestive of race/racism, on sites like News24 or the Times Online.[…]
[…]It is concerning how sensitive and difficult discussions are that relate to race issues. These are often complex and complicated, and a purely academic argument is almost impossible. Because our history has such emotional impact on people’s lives, we are not yet at a place where painful feelings can be divorced from these discussions. It is further complicated in that there are no easy off-the-shelf answers that are correct in all situations and accepted by all. These complexities make it even more important to continue the debate.
UCTABA is an independent association or affinity group organised by a group of black UCT alumni. It has the support of UCT’s Development and Alumni office and in UCT’s view, it has a particular goal that we strongly support. Our understanding is that it is not exclusively for black alumni, but for anyone who shares their particular agenda. The existence of UCTABA and its agenda is part of the reconciliation process within UCT.[…]
[…]Holborn said there was a tendency by political parties to talk about race (across both divides) and bringing it into “policy” issues inspiring racism. This, she said, gave rise to a “tendency for normal people to start thinking in racial way”.
“In the process of correcting the injustices of the past we have to be careful about entrenching racial identities and making race important again,” she said.
Singling out affirmative action, she said this policy, although well-meant, has the potential to polarise society with young white people feeling job opportunities are closed to them (“although this is statistically not true”) and black candidates feeling resentment at being perceived as being given “a leg up”.[…]
[…]At the heart of the attack on Absa is the paranoia that Afrikaans and things related to its culture are under attack. It is a view aided and abetted by those who have no other political currency to sell except the preservation of a language and its speakers when such a language is under no known threat. In fact it is still the only other language, except English, in which a child can get his or her education in his or her mother tongue from preprimary school to a PhD.
It is the ultimate scarecrow argument and a revised model of the swart gevaar. This is why those who love South Africa must defend Absa from this racist rage. It is no different from when right- thinking South Africans defended Nedbank against yet another Julius Malema rant.[…]