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White wash trend continues with Nivea Natural Fairness Ad

Nivea’s TV and billboard adverts for their ‘natural fairness’ moisturiser has caused outrage for pushing the white wash agenda in a market struggling to ban skin bleaching products. The advert is being broadcast in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal. It’s surprising that brands which were previously more inclusive and celebrated ethnic diversity are now cynically tapping into the same insecurity that boosts skin-bleaching sales in emerging markets.

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Cartoon: Africa has “civilisational” problems French President Macron says

France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, has come under fire for the racist remarks he made during a press conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg on why there was no Marshall plan for Africa. In his response Macron said that Africa has “civilisational” problems and the continent’s challenges also have to do with “countries today still are having 7 to 8 children per woman.” These racist statements have led to wide condemnation on social media. It seems, the more things change, the more they remain the same as far as racist attitudes and stereotypes about Africa are concerned.

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Sulley Muntari gets overwhelming support for standing up against racism in Italy

Suleyman “Sulley” Muntari’s one-match ban for protesting after being racially abused during a Series A game has been overturned by the Italian FA. Muntari has received overwhelming support from various players for standing up against racism. Muntari’s stand is a step that will hopefully be a catalyst for change in the fight against the racial discrimination of black players worldwide.

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Social media uproar over Helen Zille’s comments saying colonialism wasn’t all bad

South African politician and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has come under fire on social media for over her comments defending colonialism saying the system, and its legacy wasn’t bad in its entirety. There’s been a major uproar over the comments forcing Zille to issue an apology. In 2008, a British-born South African columnist, David Bullard, caused an outrage writing an article in the Sunday Times saying South Africa should be grateful for colonialism. The column was heavily criticized, seen as racist and extremely offensive.