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American antiracism is social justice status quo in South Africa’s private schools

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On 14 June The Daily Maverick published an article titled ‘South African non-racialism or American antiracism? UCT muddles through muddied waters’ by UCT professors Nicoli Nattrass

Thirsty Travellers – a tale for Father’s Day

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My father would have loved the place. It had the kind of wooden floor that he liked.  He would have fancied himself a cowboy from

Wash, rinse, repeat: the curious case of the Milnerton High ‘racist’

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If I said to my editor ‘stop me if you’ve heard this one before’, this article would never have been written. On 8 February this

My favourite tattoo

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Some years ago I found myself on a tattooist’s reclining chair with tiny needles jabbing at the skin on my ribcage. I was studying philosophy

The hypocrisy of social justice

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O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms! – Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene I Most politically aware South Africans will be

School capture: a peek behind the curtain

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“Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.” Mao Tse Tung in “Analysis of

Black lives matter, or do they?

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Lennie held out his hands pleadingly. “Give ‘um to me, George. I’ll take ‘um back. I didn’t mean no harm, George. Honest I didn’t. I

Anti-racism in schools: a new religion

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When I was a teacher, one of my students mentioned that his geography teacher had told his class that the textbook was wrong about the

The colouring-in of tears

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I sat down with a teacher the other day. She told me the story of how she was humiliated in front of her colleagues by

Are private schools being racialised surreptitiously?

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The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) is the largest and oldest association of independent schools in the Southern African region. It has over