1/28/2012

Racism in South African Politics

This story is about Lindiwe Mazibuko, the leader of the Democratic Alliance. From the New York Times:

SHE has unmistakably African roots, from her birthplace (the kingdom of Swaziland) to one of her native tongues (isiZulu) to her mocha skin.

But for many people, Lindiwe Mazibuko is just not black enough.

During a parliamentary session this year, a government minister here called her a coconut (white on the inside, brown on the outside). One political opponent described Ms. Mazibuko as the tea girl, or servant, for the leader of the country’s chief opposition party. Twitter users have flung racial slurs at her, called her a token and said she was naïve. . . .

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Blogger T. O . Meehan said...

France24 TV showed an account today of a South African government program to uproot and destroy every European tree and plant in the country. And they are spending real money to do so.

What hope is there for a country that so hates the most functional people and artifacts in its past?

1/30/2012 5:37 PM  

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