So, after outcry and backlash Cape Town Pride has decided to change their theme/slogan for 2016 Pride: “Brave Enough”… And with this they have missed the point completely. I have previously written about the need to shut Cape Town Pride down, but the theme of “Gay, Proud, Colourblind” was ever only the latest nonsense that has come from a group of white cis gay boys … Continue reading “Brave enough”… to be WHITE???
[CN: examples of TERF arguments, and arguments about “reverse racism”] There is this quote: when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. No example is more proof of this than any discussion around the creation of safe spaces in the context of race, gender, sexuality, class, etc. Since I can remember I have gotten myself into conversations defending safe spaces that were women’s only, … Continue reading “For Us Only”: on safe spaces, exclusion, and privilege
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
#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
So Cape Town pride has a history… A white cis-homonormative history of ignoring what pride should be and focussing on simply a jol for white gay men; I recall having the same issue with them already 5 prides ago… I actually have been part of meetings trying to address this, but that was always just talk. And now, for 2016, we get this tasty morsel … Continue reading #ShutDownCTPride…