If I say racism in the present day South Africa is alarming and abysmal it will definitely be an understatement. Violence and racism have become inevitable norm and by extension, indelible since Jacob Zuma surfaced as SA’s president in 2009. His emergence finally engraved high-handedness of South Africans by re-militarising South Africa Police Service, SAPS.
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“History is written by those who win and those who dominate.”
— Edward Said, literary critic
Every second Monday in October, Banks and schoolz are closed and government offices are empty in remembrance of the infamous European explorer, Christopher Columbus. For hundredz of yearz, Columbus has had a special place in the history of the New World. To Afrikanz, celebrating Columbus Day is actually celebrating the mass destruction of our own people! Instead of a day where we see parades and floats down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, it should be a day of mourning.
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It’s been an interesting week in the realm of race relations, with many Asians Americans challenging Rick Warren on an offensive Facebook post featuring a picture of the Chinese Red Guard. (You can read even more detail on Kathy Khang’s blog). The aftermath of comments reflected confusion from some, wondering how people could be ‘so easily offended’, suggesting they needed thicker skin or more forgiving hearts.
Inside, I ached.
This is no new conversation to me – the ignorant assumptions, the christian-stifling-language-that-really-just-wants-you-to-shut-up-and-let-them-stay-uninformed. This is nothing new to my ears. Over the years, I have sat with many hearts aching – even those of my own family – over the ignorantly belittling comments of others.
Something must change. This ever familiar sentiment sunk to the pit of my stomach as I watched the week’s events unfold. While I was grateful to hear Rick’s eventual apology, the whole situation…
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The US state of North Carolina has adopted a budget that includes $10m (£6.5m) to compensate victims of forced sterilisation. About 7,600 people were sterilised in North Carolina from 1929 to 1974. Many were poor black women. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23460719
Those sterilised were picked out for such reasons as being deemed promiscuous, or because they were unpopular with schoolmates. Some of the victims were as young as 10.
While many states had sterilisation plans targeted at “feeble-minded” people, North Carolina stands out for having widened its programme after World War II.
One of the most vocal victims of sterilisation, Elaine Riddick, from Atlanta, Georgia, says she was raped and then sterilised after giving birth to a son when she was 14.
“You can’t put a price on someone taking your womb or castrating you, it’s humiliating,”