Tennis player Naomi Osaka beat 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams in a 6-2, 6-4 win in the US Open. But the reporting of her victory has shone the spotlight on a worrying disregard for the black excellence that Osaka represents.
Due to China’s investments in Kenya, this growing link has an estimated 10 000 Chinese nationals living in the East African country. Unfortunately there have been racially charged incidents involving Chinese people, with the most recent being a derogatory rant by a man whom Kenyan immigration is now deporting on the grounds of racism.
The US president’s comments about South Africa’s land reform stem from his view that whites are under attack from blacks.
Donald Trump has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and large scale killing of farmers”. Trump’s “divisive” comments have set tongues wagging on social media, criticised and rejected by the South African government.
The biased reporting by the Western media against African teams at the World Cup is disconcerting. The narratives espoused by some media houses paint the victories of African teams as undeserved. The commentators also judge the African players on physicality and not techniques or tactics. As Africans we must reclaim the narrative, and tell our story differently.
Race still plays a big part in South African society. Sport is no exception.
A recent report by a U.N. affiliated group based in Geneva argues that the United States history of slavery justifies reparations for African Americans that could include but not limited to, “a formal apology, health initiatives, educational opportunities … psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and financial support, and debt cancellation.”
Relations between the US and Africa are unlikely to improve while Trump remains president. But that doesn’t mean the continent should remain passive.
Chinese media portray Africa in stereotypes not dissimilar to the rest of the world. The continent is routinely treated as a single unit, erasing its linguistic, racial and cultural diversity.