Premier of the Western Cape Helen Zille tweeting that colonialism wasn’t all bad goes to the heart of what apartheid remains deeply to blame for – a nation that has been unable to forge a common understanding and a shared vision for South Africa
The fight against racial discrimination on the continent has a long way to go. In a recent incident in Malawi, a black driver was called a monkey by his white employer, an incident which has caused an outrage. Hinteregger Jurgen, a German national faces deportation from Malawi for the slur.
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.
How would you react if you were in an airport coming into another country and you had to prove your profession? This is what a Nigerian software engineer experienced in the U.S. at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, made to take a software development based test to authenticate the reason for his trip.
The election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th President is terrifying for many reasons. The American people have voted in a known misogynist and racist who throughout his campaign continuously spewed hatred at every marginalized community. When a leopard shows you his spots you should believe him.
After every seismic shift in the global world order, the eternal question of what does this mean for Africa is always asked. Levi Kabwato thinks that a Donald Trump presidency is a golden moment for Africa to chart its own development path, unmolested by the Americans.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for his xenophobic remarks against Somalis in Minnesota. Trump said Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota residents have “suffered enough” because of migrants pouring in. The U.S. presidential hopeful has been strongly rebuked by Betsy Hodges, the mayor of Minnesota who has come out in defence of Somalis saying, “Minneapolis is a better, stronger place for having our Somali and East African immigrants and refugees in it”. “Somali people of Minnesota and Minneapolis are not *roaming* our communities, they are *building* them,” Hodges noted.
In these “woke” times, historical figures with controversial views aren’t having an easy time in Africa. Idols are being toppled – literally and figuratively – left,right and centre. A case in point is in Ghana where a campaign to remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from the campus of the University of Ghana is currently gaining momentum. Campaigners say Gandhi, the celebrated granddaddy of the non-violent movement, said a few too many racist things to be considered a friend of Africans. Should Gandhi be judged on the sum of his life or on the basis of a few undeniably racist comments?
Gauteng provincial education authorities in South Africa have ruled that a clause dealing with hairstyles should be temporarily suspended at Pretoria Girls High pending a review of the school’s Code of Conduct. The ruling follows protests by learners against racist rules, which inhibit black pupils from having hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids.