Blacks / Race / Whites

The Question is Not, Is Rachel Dolezal Really White? Why Her Apparent Refusal to be White Can Use More Discussion in South Africa

A few years ago I started to do work on the absurdities of racial classification. That’s why the case of Rachel Dolezal, and how some of my friends, commentators around the world and others in South Africa have responded to it, intrigues me so much. Actually, this aspect of my work began in the late 1990s with what … Continue reading

Blacks / Masculinity / Men / Race

‘Governor’ Maimane, his White ‘Sexual Object’, and Some Kind of New Hope for Young Masculinities

Forget about the politics, although that is reason we have come to know of him. Forget about the politics of race too, even though our society is the paradigm for the world on how race can be brutally politicised. And forget, for now the ‘white sexual object’, psychoanalytically speaking. Listening to ‘governor’ (or “ruler”, which … Continue reading

Violence

South African Should Have a Warning: Please Come, But You Enter at Your Own Risk

Besides what I wrote on NewAfricanMen last week on the xenophobic violence that had flared up in South Africa as well as government and civil society responses to the events, I wrote two other pieces. One of the article was published in The Star of Wednesday April 22 2015. In the same edition, the newspaper published an … Continue reading

Government / Violence

Zuma Admits the African National Congress (ANC) is to Blame

You could have felled me without a traditional weapon. Yesterday, after raging against the President Jacob Zuma and his party, African National Congress (ANC), for not taking responsibility for the violence that permeates our lives, and for the ridiculous expression of pain, Zuma admitted that the ANC is to blame. Forget that he still blamed … Continue reading

Masculinity / Men / Sexuality / Women

This Blog-post Can Help You Attract Straight White Women

Last weekend’s Sunday Times ran this ad for Volkswagen’s new Polo.  VW clearly do not see anything wrong with the ad. Half of the as is taken by these words: This car can help you attract women. Just drive it to places where there are women. And be really charming. The Sunday Times clearly didn’t see … Continue reading