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 / Power / Race / Whites

A South African National Union of Black Academics

“Like Steve Biko said in 1968, I think we need a national union of black academics, particularly at white liberal universities.” Xolela Mangcu, Black academics must unite, City Press, 14 Oct 2014. I don’t know about the emphasis on white liberal universities. The struggle over universities is not only at liberal universities. It occurs at … 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 / Children / Race / Whites

How I Came To Be Interested in the Development of Racial Identification in Black and White Children

 At several points in my career I have been asked, and at other times have volunteered, how I came to be interested in the research subjects I write on. Before I say how I came upon these interests, first let me say what those interests are. My work has tended to revolve around mainly three areas: race, men, sexuality. I write about many … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Fatherhood / Masculinity / Race / Violence / Whites

The Doomed Life of Happy Sindane

I can’t quite figure out why South Africa is fascinated with the death Happy Sindane. That was my earliest thought when I saw story after story of the end of Sindane. I know now, though, that is not what is going on in the coverage Sindane’s murder has received.   The question one should ask, … 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