Dismantling the ivory tower


Resistance and protest by black students has been a common feature in white universities, in the years I have been a student I have seen my fair share of disdain expressed by these students towards these institutions. Recently, I saw a campaign by UCT students called Black Monday, the premise of the movement is reclaiming blackness. The question I feel we need to be asking is that although, universities with a predominantly white composition of staff and culture claim to attempt to transform these universities, black students emerge in movements attempting to reclaim “blackness”. Once a dear friend of mine jokingly said “Black people have had so much taken away from them that they are always trying to go back to the moment they lost their blackness, that is why we are always fighting to reclaim our black identity”.

It is only in recent years that I began to understand…

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