Tag Archives: Gillian Schutte

The hair debate must end

A central pillar of the colonial project was the construction of the colonial subject. An exercise which necessarily required the absolute objectifiction of the native, even to herself, that she was no more than what was seen through her Master’s eyes. The continued question of the native’s hair is one such far-reaching implication of the

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There’s no unlearning whiteness, despite what ‘anti-racists’ say

Reflecting on the structural positionality of white people in a social order which affirms and celebrates their whiteness, Athi-Nangomso Esther Nkopo and Andile Mngxitama argue that there can be no unlearning whiteness despite what ‘anti-racists’ say. “Essentially this “anti-racism” industry appeals to whites to be nice about their whiteness and white supremacy, and not rub

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From those fabulous people who brought you apartheid…

Mandy de Waal does a re-rendering of Gillian Schutte’s letter to white people with some choice responses from South African whiteness. “Dear White people..” “Who would have the patience to even argue with this vile, senile, wicked woman?” “I have decided to start the New Year with a letter to you all. It is a

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Reflections on an epistle to white people

Yesterday morning, on my breakfast online media trawl, I ran into Gillian Schutte’s latest epistle to white South Africa. “Dear white people,” it opens, “[I] implore you to wake up and smell Africa with a fresh white nose.” Intrigued by what Schutte might have say to whites following a year of powerful pieces calling out

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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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