Piece on racism in South Africa by Conversation Zimbabwe contributor and editor, Ottilia Anna Maunganidze.
While the experiences of South Africa and Zimbabwe on racism are different, they do have a lot of similarities given their shared history.
August brought to the fore a number of race-related issues in South Africa. Much of what happened in August, and continues to this day, is hardly new nor surprising. To me, August represented a juncture at which conversations about race became more pronounced, albeit for various reasons. One could argue that it all started in January when a groundswell of disgruntled students sought to bring down the statue of British imperialist, Cecil John Rhodes (not to be confused at all with the “beloved” Zimbabwean lion, Cecil, who was rather unfortunately named after him!). Far from! Indeed, those who have and continue to experience racism in South Africa would tell you that the public protests are simply an outward and more public manifestation of what South Africa battles with: A system and culture of racism, so deeply rooted that protests alone cannot fix.
There are many and varied reasons as to…
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