identity

 
Behind SA’s brutality
Behind SA’s brutality
Contemporary South African society has been constructed on the idea of difference. Race and gender differences are intrinsically tied to our...
On identity and its discontents: What of the politics?
On identity and its discontents: What of the politics?
Eusebius McKaiser’s recent defence of identity politics (Let’s slay some myths about identity...
SA youth seek and have fluid identities
SA youth seek and have fluid identities
It would be no exaggeration to claim that apartheid South Africa was second to none in twisting racial identities to a perverse end, manipulating...
There are reasons to reject identity politics
There are reasons to reject identity politics
Might there be another reason, beyond Eusebius McKaiser’s disparaging ones in Let’s slay some myths about identity...
Let’s slay some myths about identity politics
Let’s slay some myths about identity politics
You do not get to choose your social identities. Everyone has these. It is not like going to a supermarket and deciding: “Hmm … let me buy...
Slice of life: I escaped my dark skin box
Slice of life: I escaped my dark skin box
I was in grade four. I went to school in town but I lived in a township, so I had to use public transport to and from school.
Adopt strategies that address plight of ‘invisible’ children
Adopt strategies that address plight of ‘invisible’ children
A name, an official identity, and a nationality recognised by everyone: most of us take these things for granted. Yet, for nearly a quarter-billion...
Africa’s identity begins at home
Africa’s identity begins at home
After all we have been through, we still don’t get to define our own continent. This holds us back
Slice of life: ‘I sought my own slave saint’
Slice of life: ‘I sought my own slave saint’
It starts as a child. I was born to a single mom and I only met my father when I was in my 40s. My family is all mixed.
Safely embrace  ‘hoe is life’
Safely embrace  ‘hoe is life’
There have been times when I wondered why being queer felt, socially, like a hot mess. Sure, there were the confusing-sexuality times, being...
Samuel spoke because of the man who stayed in the shadows
Samuel spoke because of the man who stayed in the shadows
My colleague Samuel* is the sixth-born son of Ezekiel*, who had two families in the same neighbourhood of Katlehong in Germiston, a town southeast...

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