How to respond to Annelie Botes?
Botes recently was awarded the 2010 K Sello Duiker Memorial Award (Afrikaans). As I think back on his work, Duiker explored the complexities of South African social exclusion with such nuance and insight – how are we to respond to blanket statements of this kind?
Botes’s comments – alongside others, including the talk that landed Youth League president Julius Malema in court on hate speech charges – have brought me to question aspects of the quality of current public discourse on race. How do we shift our focus to more constructive conversations?
I found some interesting insights online…
Bryan Mukandi – Some perspective on race and crime
Zukiswa Wanner – Annelie Botes’s ugly racism
Pierre de Vos – Hiding in a cave