Compounding a Nobel Peace Prize travesty

Originally posted on Terry Bell Writes:
Once again, there is a furore about plans to name a major Cape Town street after former apartheid president FW de Klerk. As well there should be, although there is considerable support for the proposal that goes before the city council on January 28. It was much the same nearly a decade ago when the proposal was made to… Continue reading Compounding a Nobel Peace Prize travesty

New Year’s Resolutions for White South Africa

Originally posted on privateschooldarkie:
I will concede that I’m in no way shape or form some sort of race relations expert, nor will I ever pretend to be one. I haven’t written well-researched highly cited studies on the subject nor am I a highly respected academic. What I write are simply the thoughts of a regular black South African in his late thirties with most… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions for White South Africa

Why I am not Charlie

Originally posted on a paper bird:
There is no “but” about what happened at Charlie Hebdo yesterday. Some people published some cartoons, and some other people killed them for it.  Words and pictures can be beautiful or vile, pleasing or enraging, inspiring or offensive; but they exist on a different plane from physical violence, whether you want to call that plane spirit or imagination or culture, and to meet… Continue reading Why I am not Charlie

#JeSuisCharlieHebdo?

Originally posted on AL JAVIEERA:
I. It’s surprising to have to spell out these notions, but here goes… One can condemn violence and at the same time sustain a critical stance against Charlie Hebdo. One can condemn the “asymmetric warfare” of masked gunmen and also reject racism, tyranny, and hate. One can denounce cold-blooded massacres while also unsubscribe from the horrible, orientalist titillation of Charlie Hebdo cartoons and the mental passivity of liberalism. II.… Continue reading #JeSuisCharlieHebdo?