Author Archives: mrphamodi

Unpacking the discourse of domination

Gillian Schutte unpacks the discourse of domination. “I foresee a revolutionary language movement that deconstructs the lexis of domination, in which the paradigm of white “culture” claiming all the power to define the world, is finally undone. I contend again though, that we are moving into an epoch where this narrow discourse of domination will

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Black souls in white skins? Bantu Biko on white liberals

In what should be core reading for all Blacks, Bantu Biko honestly exposes and engages the totality of white Power, even among those who would count themselves allies,and its disruptive effect in the political project for a true emancipation of Black subjectivity from white Otheredness. In short, but with such deep insight, complexity and nuance,

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#WhitenessIs

True to his #whiteness, Garth Theunisen responds to Benjamin Fogel on Rhinos & TO Molefe’s critique of Cape Town and whiteness. Of course, it would be riddled with material and deliberate false dichotomies as well as a slew of me-too-isms which seek only to mystify, obscure and maintain the (re-)production of white Power and entitlement and

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I know whiteness through and through

“I know whiteness through and through,” writes Gillian Schutte. “While white concerns remain central to the master narrative — in the economy, in the press, in film and popular culture, whiteness in South Africa remains an obdurate monolith mostly in denial of the social, political and cultural privileges still accorded to whites in our unequal society. It

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So what if the UN rates Cape Town as the least unequal city in South Africa?

On Tuesday, I came across a Cape Times article whose headline read “UN Report: Cape Town least unequal city in country.” Interesting, I thought, turning the reported findings over and over in my mind, failing to find coherence with what I read, saw with my eyes and experienced personally on my fairly regular visits to

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