[Guest] White privilege in South Africa – Kirsten Whitfield

Recenty, after posting on the Zuma Must Fall marches and how it is a protection of white capital, I’ve received messages that were… problematic. I have asked a white friend, Kirsten Whitfield, to write on this from their perspective which perhaps is more palatable to the white people out there. *** White privilege has been coming up a lot in the wake of the Zuma … Continue reading [Guest] White privilege in South Africa – Kirsten Whitfield

Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

Originally posted on Androgyneity:
As you read the title, you may be overcome with indignation that this article is going to be a gender-essentialist rant. You’ll be relieved to know that it’s quite the opposite. My intent in writing this is to point out some serious misconceptions perpetuated in ‘trans 101’ and cisgender allyship resources, which end up doing much more harm than good for… Continue reading Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

Judith Butler’s Trouble: Why do white academics speak for trans people of colour?

[CN: White privilege gone rampant] I am reeling after just reading a recent interview with so-called “the beloved philosopher and author of Gender Trouble” entitled Why Do Men Kill Trans Women? (it’s a donotlink, because I don’t want to give it any more traffic.) At first sight it is simply an academic who shares their views on killings of trans persons of colour in the … Continue reading Judith Butler’s Trouble: Why do white academics speak for trans people of colour?

On #ZumaMustFall, white appropriation, and the protection of white capital

#ZumaMustFall is white… and when I say that, what I mean is that the #ZumaMustFall rhetoric has been about the protection of white capital. The months and months of #Fallism in 2015, from Rhodes Must Fall to Fees Must Fall has given rise to a decolonial project; this project seeks to undermine “whiteness” – “whiteness” being a system of white supremacy, white privilege, white arrogance, … Continue reading On #ZumaMustFall, white appropriation, and the protection of white capital

An Open Letter to TEDxStellenbosch by KOLEKA PUTUMA

Originally posted on Word N Sound Live Literature Movement:
Dear TEDxStellenbosch Organisers I trust this finds you we I am writing to you concerning your request to publish my TEDx talk with the exclusion of my last poem “WATER”. The talk, which was filmed at the TEDxStellenbosch “Think. Experience. Discover Africa” event on 05 September 2015, consisted of three of my poems which were all… Continue reading An Open Letter to TEDxStellenbosch by KOLEKA PUTUMA