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dynamicafrica:

Big Debate on Racism: Has the Rainbow Nation project failed in South Africa?

The tension in this debating arena is so thick, you’d need a chainsaw to cut through it and even so, you may not be able to slice through it. But all this comes as no surprise considering the topic of the conversation, as well as the time and place in which it is held.

Operating around the question: “Has the Rainbow Nation failed?”, South African hot topic debating program eNCA’s “The Big Debate South Africa" (a favourite of mine) hosts yet another riveting discussion on race relations in the "Rainbow Nation" 20 years after a democratic country was born. 

With a diverse panel and even more diverse audience members, the question yields a colourful array of responses. A multitude of topics and issues are raised throughout ranging from white privilege, white poverty, and the layered politics of power, to affirmative action, the exclusion or underrepresenation of coloured and Indian populations in South African internal race relations, the intersectionality of race, class and gender, and the failure of the broader reconciliation movement of the 90s.

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All Africa, All the time.

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readabookson:

https://anonfiles.com/file/b1d7fa088b1ff58597a69485cb87ab51

I really want to read this. Right before I went to South Africa in 2008, there were many xenophobic attacks against immigrants from neighboring African countries. 
For the most part, I never saw or encountered anything….  except for this one night. My friend Crystal took us out in Capetown (I think it was a “colored” club. Crystal is colored.. and I think everyone there was light-skinned and/or white looking) and this one group of people kept on bumping into me and our other American friends (my friends are dark skinned with locs/braids) and spilling drinks on us. Finally, Crystal confronts them and one bold bitch was like “Well tell your friends to go back to Zimbabwe!”
And Crystal was like “Bitch, they’re American!!!!!” She was like “oh…. “ 
-______-
Then, they slowly migrated away from us and left us alone.
That Western privilege, eh?  But I never understood why, even if we were from Zimbabwe, people would spill drinks on us. Like… why???? What were they trying to accomplish? Just trying to make someone feel unwelcomed I suppose.

readabookson:

https://anonfiles.com/file/b1d7fa088b1ff58597a69485cb87ab51

I really want to read this. Right before I went to South Africa in 2008, there were many xenophobic attacks against immigrants from neighboring African countries. 

For the most part, I never saw or encountered anything….  except for this one night. My friend Crystal took us out in Capetown (I think it was a “colored” club. Crystal is colored.. and I think everyone there was light-skinned and/or white looking) and this one group of people kept on bumping into me and our other American friends (my friends are dark skinned with locs/braids) and spilling drinks on us. Finally, Crystal confronts them and one bold bitch was like “Well tell your friends to go back to Zimbabwe!”

And Crystal was like “Bitch, they’re American!!!!!” She was like “oh…. “ 

-______-

Then, they slowly migrated away from us and left us alone.

That Western privilege, eh?  But I never understood why, even if we were from Zimbabwe, people would spill drinks on us. Like… why???? What were they trying to accomplish? Just trying to make someone feel unwelcomed I suppose.

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ethiopienne:

That Time Reagan Vetoed the Anti-Apartheid Act

As Vijay Prashad points out, many of the world’s leaders that are apparently mourning the death of Nelson Mandela were the “same people opposed [to] freedom in South Africa to the very end.” 

Although Ronald Reagan has passed away himself, one can imagine he might salute Mandela today. But as president, Reagan worked against Mandela, so much so that he vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in 1986. Believing that he knew what was best for black people living under apartheid in South Africa, Reagan opposed sanctions and wanted to maintain friendly relations with the white supremacist government.

South Africa’s Desmond Tutu disagreed. Watch this 1986 news report about Tutu’s visit to the White House, in which Tutu explains the way that Reagan failed black South Africans.

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iluvsouthernafrica:

Focus on the Mine Workers and Mining Industry of Southern Africa

Two books I highly recommend regarding the above topic.

1.  The Scramble for Africa - Thomas Pakenham

2.  The Randlords - Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Both books are well researched and incredibly thorough but very difficult to read in that they will break your heart whilst helping you see why Southern Africa is as it is.  More to come…

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femalerappers:

Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love - Ladies First

I dedicate this to those who think womanism is destroying the Black community.

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It’s truly astounding.

I cannot believe White people outside of South Africa actually sympathize with White Afrikaners and believe this myth about them being oppressed.

Like you can’t be serious to pick the one White group in the world where Black people just gained some freedom, and tell me there is a genocide against Whites now. That’s ludicrous. How can you be so willing to believe that White people could be undergoing a genocide in South Africa. Do you know what a genocide is?

You think that’s happening to white people in South Africa? How you gonna project your fear of Black revenge out there on display for everyone to see…..? 

White people are vacationing in Black townships as cultural experiments. They’re still segregating themselves!  Do they look under threat of a genocide???.

I’m American. I know it’s people struggling harder than me. And you can call me out on that… but then again, you mistake this for “The Oppressed Olympics.” It’s not that. It’s me fighting for what’s mine as a human being. But if you do wanna play that game, for Christ’s sake, do not let White South Africans be your example. That’s just a terrible example. Let it be some other community…. basically any other community.

You don’t understand how often my friends and I were harassed when we were there (I especially witnessed more harassing towards my dark skinned friends.) You just ruined my day with that bs. 

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dynamicafrica:

TODAY’S CLASSIC TUNE: Lebo Mathosa - Ntozabantu

Today would’ve been Lebo Mathosa’s 36th birthday.

The former Boom Shaka member and highly successful solo artist, who began her professional music career at the age of 15 and was able to forge her way through an industry dominated by men, passed away in 2006 at the age of 29 after her driver lost control of the vehicle they were in.

After leaving her kwaito group Boom Shaka in 1999, starting out as a member of the four-piece in 1994, she went solo and her debut album Dream achieved gold status after only four weeks. At the 2001 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) Mathosa went home with the Best Dance Album award for Dream, Best Female Vocalist award, and Best Dance Single award for her first release, Intro, off of the same album.

She was also nominated for a British MOBO Award in 2006.

Known for her signature dyed hair, charming and outspoken attitude, Mathosa was openly bisexual - all characteristics that often saw her being compared to the late Brenda Fassie.

The above song is one of my all-time favourite Lebo Mathosa songs, and I had the pleasure of meeting her briefly at a concert a few months before she passed.

RIP Lebo Mathosa, you are missed!

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The Accomplishments of: Winnie Mandela

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Her ex-husband may possibly be one of the greatest and most well-known political leaders of any country, but Winnie Mandela has certainly made a name for herself.

imageWinnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936-) was born in a small village in Eastern South Africa to a family of Xhosa tribal roots. Despite growing up and living most of her life during the Apartheid era, Mandela was educated, earning a degree in social work and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations.

In 1957, Winnie met Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a lawyer and a strong anti-apartheid activist, 18 years older then Ms. Madikizela. They married the next year and had two daughters before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1963. Her husband was imprisoned for 27 years. During those long years, Mandela openly spoke out against apartheid and was exiled because she became involved with politics.

In May 1994, Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa, becoming the first black leader of the country. Mrs. Mandela was the first lady of South Africa from 1994 to 1996, as she and Mr. Mandela divorced that year. Today, Mrs. Mandela is an active South African politician. She was elected to the South African parliament in 2009.

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simply-war:

Protesters carry placards as they protest against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Pretoria, South Africa, June 28, 2013. Obama heads to South Africa today, hoping to see ailing icon Nelson Mandela, after wrapping up a visit to Senegal. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

"Why No Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S.?"

I’m for protesting Obama, but come on…. the TRC didn’t work in South Africa. Most of the Whites/Afrikaners who committed the atrocities didn’t even participate. 

the greatest sadness that we have encountered in the Commission has been the reluctance of white leaders to urge their followers to respond to the remarkable generosity of spirit shown by the victims. This reluctance, indeed this hostility, to the Commission has been like spitting in the face of the victims. - Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the TRC report

I praise it for giving victims a platform to express their grief and pain (which here in America, we NEVER get to do), but…. as for oppression, it didn’t do anything. Whites still own the wealth in SA and they’re still racist as hell.
Plus, there HAS been a TRC in America… in Greensboro N.C. they had one over the Greensboro Massacre (where the Klan murdered 5 people in 1979!). With basically the same results as the one in South Africa…in fact, the GreensboroTRC was intentionally sabotaged at some points.
And to me… I just personally feel like fuck that shit. People should pay for the atrocities they commit… An eye for an eye. We have all these lunatics free roaming the Earth.. terrorizing everybody. Then they have terrorist kids, and they do the same thing to our next generation. Do we not owe it to our children to get rid of these people? Why do we keep trying to talk sense into and forgive these people who are slowly destroying us? Some people aren’t worthy of our forgiveness.

simply-war:

Protesters carry placards as they protest against the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Pretoria, South Africa, June 28, 2013. Obama heads to South Africa today, hoping to see ailing icon Nelson Mandela, after wrapping up a visit to Senegal. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

"Why No Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S.?"

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I’m for protesting Obama, but come on…. the TRC didn’t work in South Africa. Most of the Whites/Afrikaners who committed the atrocities didn’t even participate. 

the greatest sadness that we have encountered in the Commission has been the reluctance of white leaders to urge their followers to respond to the remarkable generosity of spirit shown by the victims. This reluctance, indeed this hostility, to the Commission has been like spitting in the face of the victims. - Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the TRC report

I praise it for giving victims a platform to express their grief and pain (which here in America, we NEVER get to do), but…. as for oppression, it didn’t do anything. Whites still own the wealth in SA and they’re still racist as hell.

Plus, there HAS been a TRC in America… in Greensboro N.C. they had one over the Greensboro Massacre (where the Klan murdered 5 people in 1979!). With basically the same results as the one in South Africa…in fact, the GreensboroTRC was intentionally sabotaged at some points.

And to me… I just personally feel like fuck that shit. People should pay for the atrocities they commit… An eye for an eye. We have all these lunatics free roaming the Earth.. terrorizing everybody. Then they have terrorist kids, and they do the same thing to our next generation. Do we not owe it to our children to get rid of these people? Why do we keep trying to talk sense into and forgive these people who are slowly destroying us? Some people aren’t worthy of our forgiveness.

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