Thursday, March 17, 2016

Black pain led me to throw Rhodes poo

Much has been written in SA’s political and academic arenas about the event of March 9 2015. That day, I threw poo on the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on the UCT campus. That catalytic act was a political protest whose possible effect I understood very well. What I did not anticipate were the events that, as a consequence of our action, unfolded at UCT and other local universities as well as those abroad including Oxford University.

Smart political move


Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Rage Against the Eternal ‘Victim’ Status

"There is nothing more satisfying to the collectivist than the eternal victim. It is the mainstay of being a ‘race-baiter’ or a ‘race-pimp’. A race-baiter is any person who uses racial tensions or racially charged incidents to arouse the passion and ire of a particular demographic. And a race-pimp is a race monger who feeds off racial tensions. They offer nothing but a racially-charged narrative. The words race-pimp and race-baiter can be used synonymously but when pointing out individual incidents or commentaries; I prefer to use the word race-baiter."

An interesting read.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Did African Decolonization Set Africa Backwards?

Why is it that each time Robert Mugabe is criticized for being a dictator he turns to accuse Britain and the West of having colonized Africa?

"Decades after the end of colonialism, Africa seems well positioned to evaluate the successes or failures of Africa as a continent of liberated people. Nearly all analyses of African liberation movements have rightly highlighted the glories of decolonisation; very few have stressed its pitfalls. This article examines the negative moral consequences of certain philosophical assumptions of the African decolonisation process. Of particular interest in this inquiry is the frame of mind of African actors of decolonisation who eventually became the political and intellectual leaders of their countries. How might we conceive of the African moral subject within the contexts both of decolonisation and as a member of the global community in the twenty-first century? What, if anything, can Africa learn from the missteps of the decolonisation process?"