Power / Race

Why I am Against so-called Transformation

In September I was invited by Dr Birgit Schreiber, director of the Centre for Student Support Services at the University of Western Cape (UWC), to talk at the 2nd Annual Steve Biko Frank Talk Dialogue. It was an invitation I gladly accepted. In truth, it was one of those invitations one accepts with so much enthusiasm … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Children / Culture / Girls / Race / Tradition / Whites

Why I Am Against So-called Integrated Schools

Because black kids in these schools are in the minority, numerically and culturally, and thus the notion of integration is a lie. Because these so-called integrated schools teach black boys and girls to admire white, capitalist, hetero-patriarchal traditions and to become schizoid about black wisdom, languages, pride, beauty and all the life-giving values they may have learned at … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Health / Masculinity / Men / Sexuality / Women

Penis as a Flower or Something Like That – a Study of Men’s Genitalia: Footnote to the Great Wall of Vagina

“To hear women talking about the bodies in this way gives voice to what I imagine will form part of the little essay I am working on I’m calling Feminism for Black Boys. It’s liberating, it really is. Not the article, though I hope it contributes to that feeling of freedom. Not black boy feminism, … Continue reading

African / Blacks / Boys / Children / Men / Race / Violence / Whites

What I Learned From the Death of a Young Black Man

“But I can’t teach my son to live with insecurity, guardedness, suspicion. You can’t go through life fearing you will be shot or arrested because you walk at night alone while black.” This is one of the things I wrote last week while trying to process the not guilty verdict in the trial of George … Continue reading

Africa / African / Blacks / Boys / Children / Whites

Is it a Problem if Black Boys are Raised by White Women and Men?

There are times when I think I have a certain and final answer to the question. And it’s not what you think, I don’t think so. However, the truth is, as I grow older, I realise I was never 100% sure. Or even half of the time. I realise that culture and tradition are an … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Children / Feminist / Girls / Masculinity / Men / Race

What Does a Man Need to Teach his Son to Prepare for Manhood in Tomorrow’s South Africa?

In a highly unequal society where sexual and gender violence is a daily experience and a high number of black men die in the prime of the lives, what does a man teach his son to prepare for manhood? Many more South African black men just fail, or get failed, dying on their feet. Adding to the … Continue reading