On Stop Kony 2012

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go to twitter and search #Kony2012.

You can see the video that caused all the hype here: http://www.kony2012.com/

But you should also read this: Kony 2012 campaign: Oprah and bracelets won’t solve problem (from The Guradian via Bill Easterly)

And then to learn more about the group behind the video “Invisible Children” read this: Invisible Children: Saviors or Sensationalists

Then you can read this – In Defence of the @Kony12 campaign

Some more food for thought (via Jillian C York, HT: Laura Seay ):

If we say #Kony2012 is a good idea, then we’re approving an environment in which causes compete by production value. Like Hollywood.

Malema Expelled

You’ve probably seen this elsewhere too, but it’s too important not to mention it.

Julius Malema has been expelled from the ANC.  Malema has been quite the controversial figure in South African politics recently.  Malema, who was suspsended in November, was arguing for mitigation of this decision when the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) decided to expel him.

You can read more about the expulsion decision here.

And for a Malema Special report, click here.

Historical Amnesia

Following up on yesterday’s post on AfriForum’s criticism of President Zuma’s take on a historical event, I want to post a link to Pierre De Vos’s blog where he talks about Pieter Mulder’s (Leader of the Freedom Front Plus and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) creative interpretation of history.

“Mulder is only one of a long line of white settlers who wishes to rewrite the past in order to enforce and perpetuate their own sense of moral superiority and their sense of supposed victimhood. Speaking in President Zuma’s State of the Nation debate with a chutzpa that is breath-taking, Mulder ignored the past 300 years of colonialism and apartheid to try and make a point about land ownership and dispossession in South Africa” – De Vos

De Vos also writes:

An exhortation to forget the past is really an exhortation to rewrite the past and to invent a completely new past in which white people never oppressed black South Africans, never exploited black South Africans economically and never actually dispossessed black South Africans of land and of opportunities – including educational opportunities. This Stalinist yearning to whitewash the past and to try and make us forget about the role white people played in the exploitation and dispossession which occurred during the periods of colonialism and apartheid is dangerous and infuses some white South Africans with an undeserved (and, quite frankly, bizarre) sense of moral self-righteousness and superiority which is at the heart of the continued racisms in our country.

 

I think it is important for South Africa that everyone is honest about the past.  Part of the problem is of course the idea that one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter, but part of the problem here is that we have people on each side of the argument feigning innocence and refusing to take any ownership of the actions of their forefathers.  That being said, for how long will we continue to punish the sons for the sins of their forefathers?

DASO’s controversial poster

The Student Organization of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DASO) has recently released this poster, which has been met with strong criticism.

Apparently the provincial secretary of COSATU made the following statement: “The posture [sic] says join the DA to have an affair with a white person. The DA thinks our struggle for democracy was about the Immorality Act and the Group Areas Act.”

The Christian Democratic Leader Party’s leader criticized the sexual nature of the poster stating that “At a stage when the country needs higher levels of morality, the DA launches a poster clearly promoting sexual immorality.”

DA Youth Federal Chairperson Mbali Ntuli responded with the following “The conversation is about race, but more than that this poster speaks to the principle of tolerance. This image could be replaced, as you may have all already seen from the parodies, by numerous others that all speak to the same principle. I have seen two young men or women, I have seen one of a Muslim and a Jewish person embracing, one of a Tamil and Hindi person and numerous others. The point is that we live in a country full of people that have forgotten how to tolerate people that seemingly don’t see the world as they do.”  Read the whole statement here.

What do you think?  Is the poster distasteful or a good way to spark a conversation?