Baba Buntu On How To Respond When Whites Make Race-Jokes, Exclude You, Talk Down To You Or Express Other Forms of “Subtle Racism”
African / Blacks / Power / Race / Whites

Baba Buntu On How To Respond When Whites Make Race-Jokes, Exclude You, Talk Down To You Or Express Other Forms of “Subtle Racism”

Baba Buntu, of Shabaka: Men of Afrika, wrote this on the group’s facebook page. It’s a how-to, let’s-break-it-down, useful piece of advice on responding to white racist micro-aggression, insults, exclusions, put-downs and the covert everyday racism many black people will know of in the workplace. I have reposted it below, or you can go to … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Children / Masculinity / Men / Race

Worrying About My Black Boy’s Future in America, by Allison R. Brown of America’s Wire Writers Group

My husband and I fuss and fret over our black boy. Like other parents, we worry about a lot. We want him to use his smarts for good. Do we coddle him too much? We want him to be tough and kind, but assertive and gentle, and not mean. His boundaries of independent exploration are … Continue reading

Feminist / Gender / Masculinity / Men / Power / Violence / Women

The Problem With Men Is Because They Are Too Nice To Women

The problem with men is because they are too nice to women?  What the hell! In what universe? And to be non-violent and fair is to be gay? Ok, this is not all bad. It simply means we do have a lot of work to do. See, at times I have my doubts. I think, this stuff is elementary. … Continue reading

Africa / African / Blacks / Men / Race / Violence

Undoing Stereotypes of African Men

I saw this video from the organisation Mama Hope a few months ago and found it quite provocative. I’ll explain. First, though, this is what the write-up introducing the video states: ‘After viewing our first STP video, “Alex Presents Commando,” the Kenyan men in this video told us they wanted to make one that pokes fun … Continue reading

Blacks / Masculinity / Men / Race

Sampie Terreblanche May Be Right, and a Failing Transformation Has Everything To Do With Black Masculinity, Actually

Last month in a piece published on Times Live online pages I observed that, ‘though I have heard the view that the well-fed black classes, embodied in the persons of such luminaries as Khulubuse Zuma, hate the hungry masses of blacks, I find that I have to disagree’ (see piece here I am of the view … Continue reading

Government / Health / Women

Everything is Broken

In this piece first published in City Press of July 08, 2012, ( about accompanying his mother for her clinic visit to a public hospital, Hugo Canham ends telling of a painful story of man witnessing how a less than caring government affects people’s daily lives.      The story ended with my mother trapped in the red mud, her back broken in three … Continue reading

Blacks / Feminist / Gender / Masculinity / Men / Race / Tradition

Love and Happiness in Young Black Men’s Lives

Last week on Wednesday 25 July, Mandisa Malinga (M.A), an intern at the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences, gave a presentation on the abovementioned title at the 30th International Congress of Psychology held in Cape Town, South Africa. The presentation was based on a study undertaken by Mandisa on our behalf … Continue reading