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Facing your complicity in white supremacy hurts, but suffering it hurts more: On being a good white

In November, last year, I received an message from an old friend from university concerning my attitude towards white supremacy and the complicity of white bodies in it through acts of whiteness. I probably read and re-read it a great many number of times, fiercely debating with myself whether I should ignore it, give a

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Your anti-racist Black friend is not your personal race-barometer: on being a good white

So, last week, I found this video of a Phil Donohue discussion on race and racism which aired on PBS in America, about 22 years ago. I found it rather astonishing that this conversation is being had, today, on the same terms as it was then. Interestingly, one of Phil’s guests says exactly the same in 1992.

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South Africa: Let’s talk about race

Over the last few weeks, there has been a hundreds of years old conversation happening in South Africa on whiteness, white-racism and white Power. The conversation was reopened (not that it was ever closed) by Gillian Schutte’s letter to white people on which I reflect. Esther Athi-Nangomso Nkopo and Andile Mngxitama advance a response which situates Schutte’s

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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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