The grand narrative of post-colonial race relations in Uganda centers on the displacement and expulsion of 90,000 Indians by Idi Amin whom he accused of racism and unfair privileges. Much less is written about the White community in Uganda in Amin’s era or in contemporary times. The recent events surrounding the racialized job advertisement specifically excluding qualified … [Read more...] about Shell and Bolton’s Discriminatory Advert in Uganda Highlights the Problems of Race in Africa
White in the right, black in the back: whiteness default setting Whiteness is mainstreamed as the ultimate goal for all and we have internalised it so much so that we have forgotten to be different, diverse kinds of human beings while still maintaining equality and those of us that are trying to move towards reclaiming and reidentifying with aspects of ourselves … [Read more...] about Give Us Free: Why Talking About Race is Still Necessary (Part 3)
I had never thought of the term ‘casual racism’ in any significant way until recently when the Australian media exploded with a story of a well-known media personality who made an on-air gaffe when he suggested an Aboriginal football player be used to promote King Kong, the musical as King Kong. As I navigated through my torturous thinking, I realised what a … [Read more...] about Casual racism in Australia?
When Sadia asked about the first time my skin color became an issue, I immediately remembered my experiences with racism in Germany and the poem that I wrote to process them. When I left Kenya for Germany in the mid 90s, I thought racism was only a feature of post-apartheid South Africa. Because so many people from all over the world had fought for Mandela's release from … [Read more...] about Color of Skin
Black history month! For some years now I personally find this has become rhetoric, not least helped by the current dissafection of persons in the world globally. Every year in the weeks leading up to the month of October if you have children in school, all you get to read from the school letters shortly after the autumn term has started in September, is Black History month, … [Read more...] about Is black history month becoming a rhetoric?