Cecil John Rhodes

 
Self-loathing and self-repression lead to the suppression of the “other”
Self-loathing and self-repression lead to the suppression of the “other”
After I came out to a Ugandan friend, who is Catholic, he said that the kinds of societal changes I sought would “take decades, perhaps lifetimes”. I was stunned by the glacial pace at which truth seeps through institutions mollycoddled by privilege to treat mental health science and...
20 years after the ‘Mamdani affair’, the old adversary rejoins UCT
20 years after the ‘Mamdani affair’, the old adversary rejoins UCT
Almost 20 years after the esteemed Ugandan academic resigned following a clash over his proposed core course on Africa, the University of Cape Town...
Zuma’s corrosive legacy is self-inflicted
Zuma’s corrosive legacy is self-inflicted
He worked his way up from poverty and imprisonment for his political beliefs to become the country’s leader but he will be remembered for a...
Rainbowism is in a sunken place
Rainbowism is in a sunken place
Judging by the frequent outbursts of right-wing solidarity campaigns, last year should have been the last nail in the coffin of rainbowism in South...
Into the heart of white suburbia and the fear of the black body
Into the heart of white suburbia and the fear of the black body
The Peppettas were the fifth black family to move into Bluewater Bay in Port Elizabeth. This fact came to my parents by way of a “maid” who...
A death on Josiah Chinamano Avenue
A death on Josiah Chinamano Avenue
October is the hardest and hottest month in Zimbabwe, the one, according to colonial folklore, in which the most suicides are recorded. But it is...
A name change would be pointless if Rhodes still coddles white supremacy
A name change would be pointless if Rhodes still coddles white supremacy
On 6 December 2017 Rhodes University Council issued a rather strange statement on why the university’s name will not change. It reads like a case...
No name change for Rhodes University following council vote
No name change for Rhodes University following council vote
The council of Rhodes University has voted against a name change for the institution citing financial constraints.
Old-world diction, flawed punditry and the fight for Zimbabwe’s future
Old-world diction, flawed punditry and the fight for Zimbabwe’s future
Words and phrases aren’t empty vessels – they carry the weight of human experience, and the hopes they generate help to set actual agendas.
Old pirates and new gangsters
Old pirates and new gangsters
Charles van Onselen’s latest fascinating historical detective work is called, to give it its full title, The Cowboy Capitalist: John Hays...
Look at the kwerekwere in the mirror
Look at the kwerekwere in the mirror
How can you tell a so-called kwerekwere from a citizen? How can one kwerekwere distinguish himself or herself from another? How easy is it for...
Review: The People versus the Rainbow Nation
Review: The People versus the Rainbow Nation
There are moments in the beginning of The People versus the Rainbow Nation where you brace yourself for an up-to-date report from the...

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