Racism

Uproar over Helen Zille’s comments that colonialism wasn’t all bad
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Politics and Society Uproar over Helen Zille’s comments that 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.

Nigerian software engineer asked to balance Binary Search Tree at J.F Kennedy Airport
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Politics and Society Nigerian software engineer asked to balance Binary Search Tree at J.F Kennedy Airport

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.

Donald Trump says Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota has “suffered enough”
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Politics and Society Donald Trump says Somali migrants are a “disaster” and Minnesota has “suffered enough”

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.

Woke alert: “Gandhi Must Fall” campaign gathers steam in Ghana
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Politics and Society Woke alert: “Gandhi Must Fall” campaign gathers steam in Ghana

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?

South Africa: Education authorities to launch an inquiry into racial discrimination at Pretoria Girls High
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Politics and Society South Africa: Education authorities to launch an inquiry into racial discrimination at Pretoria Girls High

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.