Category Archives: South Africa

White privilege: Guilt, Responsibility and Hope

I live my life steeped in various forms of privilege–unearned advantages bestowed on me through countless means. As a male, I exist in a world that affirms my manhood. Anything considered strong, rational or heroic is applied to my gender. … Continue reading

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What I Learned About White Privilege and Racism From Buying Bread

I love Portuguese rolls. Especially the ones from the bakery on the corner. These rolls are famous enough that they are greeted by many customers as they emerge at 10am, fresh from the oven and ready for an after breakfast … Continue reading

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NSFAS: Never Stop Fighting Against Suppression #FeesMustFall

In 2001, a mother working on a farm in Limpopo province earning R1400 per month says goodbye to her beautiful child as she begins her 8km trek to school for her first day. Thandi, the eldest of three children is … Continue reading

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People, Policy, and Power: Reflecting How My White Privilege Impacted Community Engagement and Policy-Making in Post-Apartheid South Africa

This talk describes how white privilege shapes the policy making process in post-apartheid South Africa. It argues that white privilege is unmasked in institutions, language, policies, and symbols which have combined to normalize racism in the country. To tackle this, … Continue reading

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From roots to leaves: Future leadership in South Africa

South African freedom fighters in the period between 1600 to the present focused on total liberation and self-determination in the face of relentless colonial oppression. Their efforts began not only a philosophical foundation of leadership for equity in South Africa, … Continue reading

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April 2015 in South Africa

Chapter 1: Azania House It came down on the 9th of April 2015. A wrought, red iron crane wrapped around its arrogant body and lifted it from its mantelpiece. The singing crowd elevated as phones were lifted to capture the … Continue reading

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White privilege and the road to building a united South Africa

Building a non racist, non sexist and inclusive South Africa requires unmasking structural privileges that support racial inequality in contemporary South Africa. Because South Africa is a racially constructed society, the system advantages the passport of white privilege. Exposing how privilege operates provides a framework to tackle oppressive policies, institutions, symbols and discourse in order to fully realize the vision of a truly unified country. Continue reading

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