Helen Zille and the arrogance of whiteness

By Lerato Lephatsa “The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend 20 years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so …

What is racism? Saying white people don’t belong in SA or killing a black child thinking he’s a monkey?

By BO Staff Writer Yesterday two tragic but interconnected events occurred (well, tragedy may not be the right word to use here, isn’t black life a tragedy in and of itself? Wasn’t blackness created from tragedy?) The first event, a black journalist who is affiliated to the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) radio station, Gagasi FM, was …

On white arrogance and the SASSA saga

By BO Staff Writer Yesterday, Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, held a press conference in Pretoria to assure the nation that despite scare tactics by the white-owned media, social grants would be delivered to their 17 million recipients in April. Visibly frustrated at the ongoing attacks and calls for her resignation, Dlamini, who is …