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January 20th, 2014
thesmithian

Pubs…were reserved for whites during the Rhodesian and apartheid era and consequently gave rise to the advent of the home-shebeen. Mostly located in the black townships, the shebeens were originally operated illegally. Selling homebrewed and home-distilled alcohol, they provided patrons with a place to meet…Music and dance played very important roles in the early days of the miners. ‘Isicathamiya’ embodies the Rhythm of Resistance against apartheid, although not all black South African performance portrays resistance against white domination.

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Pubs…were reserved for whites during the Rhodesian and apartheid era and consequently gave rise to the advent of the home-shebeen. Mostly located in the black townships, the shebeens were originally operated illegally. Selling homebrewed and home-distilled alcohol, they provided patrons with a place to meet…Music and dance played very important roles in the early days of the miners. ‘Isicathamiya’ embodies the Rhythm of Resistance against apartheid, although not all black South African performance portrays resistance against white domination.

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December 7th, 2013
thesmithian
Madiba has gone. What remains now of our dreams of freedom…What happened to our ethical imagination? Where did our revolution go? But let us not forget that it is a human being taking leave…A lawyer. A strategist, for sure, but a man of principle. A charmer…A humanist. A chief. A visionary. A king. We need, first of all, to bow our heads and be silent. To be proud that we could be part of those who lived at a time when Nelson Rolihlahla (“he who shakes the branches”) Mandela still walked the earth…luckily he was too old and weak to realize what his party had been turned into! Of course, he had been a politician as well. He had tasted power, he allowed himself to be manipulated, he looked the other way when his comrades started indulging in an orgy of greed, he could be arrogant…let time do the sorting out…Let us…make as if we don’t notice the vultures tearing one another apart for the strips of moral authority still to be torn from the deceased one, for the money to be made from one man’s long life of struggle on behalf of all of us. And let us spare a thought for this old warrior who made us believe, however briefly, that we are capable of living up to the good in us…He honoured us. Hamba kahle, Nkos’…
December 6th, 2013
thesmithian

What is missing in the general view of Mandela is his wit, his quick humor in surprising circumstances.

In 1998, he married Graça Machel, a warrior in the war that was won against Portuguese colonial rule in Mozambique and the widow of Samora Machel, the President of Mozambique, who was killed in a plane crash allegedly engineered by apartheid-supporting South Africans. So Machel was a woman who had married two Presidents. At the end of the wedding ceremony, after the “I do’s” and wild congratulations, she announced that she would keep the surname Machel. Mandela, asked how he felt about this, replied, “I’m glad she didn’t want me to take her name.”

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August 30th, 2013
thesmithian

'The unions seem determined to end what they see as a culture of low pay dating back to the apartheid era when impoverished black miners migrated to the industry's heartlands for jobs to feed their families back home…'

White rule ended in 1994 and the unions say miners who risk their health toiling far below ground are due a bigger share of the spoils from a multi-billion-dollar industry. But capital may have the edge over labour.

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August 9th, 2013
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One more time, I tried. I said, ‘But I really do just want to see that one,’ and the shopkeeper said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much. You’re probably right, I can’t afford it.’ And I walked out of the store…

Oprah Winfrey

who,

…while in Zurich, Switzerland for Tina Turner’s wedding in July…walked into a shop and a [$40,000] handbag behind the counter caught her eye…Oprah says she asked to see it, but the shopkeeper said, “No. It’s too expensive.”

for who/even if it was/what/rude/wrong/puts the ‘pre-judge’ in prejudice/snobbery/it’s in your job description to show merch/et cetera. now it seems a

Zurich Tourism representative said he would tell any African-American family that might be having second thoughts about visiting his city not to worry, because the Trois Pomme shopkeeper’s attitude isn’t reflective of Zurich on the whole. “You’ll find here very friendly people…We are, I would say, quite an open-minded city. We are used to having people from all nations and all cultures.”

hm. but there are new ‘apartheid-like’ restrictions in Switzerland now, yes?
and most of those being kept “away from public places such as swimming pools, playing fields and libraries, in a move human rights groups say is racist,” are African? Mostly from Tunisia, Eritrea, and Nigeria?

August 6th, 2013
thesmithian

Edited by Okwui Enwezor and Rory Bester…With a foreword by Mark Robbins and…Enwezor; essays by…Bester…Enwezor, Michael Godby, Khwezi Gule, Patricia Hayes, Achille Mbembe, Darren Newbury, Colin Richards and Andries Walter Oliphant. 

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August 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

When Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stepped out in late June onto the porch of the home here she once shared with Nelson Mandela…it was like a fiery echo of the past. “If we sometimes sound bitter,” she said, referring to the Mandela family’s reaction to the crowd of foreign media that had been awaiting Mr. Mandela’s death, “it is because we are dealing with a very difficult situation. You can understand our emotions.” Ms. Madikizela-Mandela, 76, is, if anything, an expert on the emotions that can be stirred by her family’s history and her own as one of the key public figures in South Africa’s long struggle for nonracial democracy. But something else was at work, too.

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When Winnie Madikizela-Mandela stepped out in late June onto the porch of the home here she once shared with Nelson Mandela…it was like a fiery echo of the past. “If we sometimes sound bitter,” she said, referring to the Mandela family’s reaction to the crowd of foreign media that had been awaiting Mr. Mandela’s death, “it is because we are dealing with a very difficult situation. You can understand our emotions.” Ms. Madikizela-Mandela, 76, is, if anything, an expert on the emotions that can be stirred by her family’s history and her own as one of the key public figures in South Africa’s long struggle for nonracial democracy. But something else was at work, too.

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June 24th, 2013
thesmithian

The words, spoken in a hushed Pretoria court room, are painstakingly pronounced, each phrase separated from the next. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.” The rustling of a turning page, then the sentence that still sends shivers…”It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela’s final phrase is no meaningless throwaway. He and his nine co-accused were standing trial for multiple counts of sabotage.

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The words, spoken in a hushed Pretoria court room, are painstakingly pronounced, each phrase separated from the next. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.” The rustling of a turning page, then the sentence that still sends shivers…”It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela’s final phrase is no meaningless throwaway. He and his nine co-accused were standing trial for multiple counts of sabotage.

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April 1st, 2013
thesmithian

…forceful coming-of-age story set circa 1989, against the backdrop of the violent beginning of apartheid’s end, Otelo Burning examines different paths to freedom—finding it in moments of escape, fighting others for it—and the significant costs inherent in each approach.

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February 18th, 2013
thesmithian

Mamphela Ramphele, a respected veteran of the struggle against apartheid, announced on Monday that she had formed a new political party to challenge the governing African National Congress, calling on South Africans to “join me on a journey to build the country of our dreams.” The party will be called Agang, meaning “build,” said Dr. Ramphele, a physician who became an anti-apartheid activist…The new party is the latest in a string of challengers to the dominance of the A.N.C., which has won every national election since apartheid ended in 1994 but has come under increasing scrutiny over charges of corruption and poor governance. In addition, inequality has grown in South Africa since the end of apartheid…

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February 6th, 2013
thesmithian

…Dramatic moments are captured in shifting perspectives; a whites-only beach is seen through a wide-angle lens, while faces behind bars and faces beaming in final victory are masterfully portrayed in close-up. A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them.

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…Dramatic moments are captured in shifting perspectives; a whites-only beach is seen through a wide-angle lens, while faces behind bars and faces beaming in final victory are masterfully portrayed in close-up. A beautifully designed book that will resonate with children and the adults who wisely share it with them.

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February 5th, 2013
thesmithian

'Mainstream American history, from the point of view of the white majority in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast, is a story of military successes…'

The British are defeated, ensuring national independence. The Confederates are defeated, ensuring national unity. And in the 20th century the Axis and Soviet empires are defeated, ensuring (it is hoped) a free world. The white Southern narrative—at least in the dominant Southern conservative version—is one of defeat after defeat. First the attempt of white Southerners to create a new nation in which they can be the majority was defeated by the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Doomed to be a perpetual minority in a continental American nation-state, white Southerners managed for a century to create their own state-within-a-state, in which they could collectively lord it over the other major group in the region, African-Americans. But Southern apartheid was shattered by the second defeat, the Civil Rights revolution, which like the Civil War and Reconstruction was symbolized by the dispatching of federal troops to the South. The American patriotism of the white Southerner is therefore deeply problematic.

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December 11th, 2012
thesmithian

…add Otelo Burning…to the canon of moving films about apartheid, though the main characters start as “just kids” more interested in swimming than guns. Seen from the angle of black South African teenage boys, it presents political movements as they are for most of us as we live through them; sometimes only in retrospect do you realize the importance of what seems to be going on in the margins.

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