Essay: Neutrality entrenches racial inequality

 

This essay comes in the wake of various racial upheavals in South Africa. It deals with the ineffectiveness of a strategy of post-racial pragmatism. It was published by ASRI

“Progress must mean more than just changing racist attitudes. It must mean more than hosting ‘race summits’, or ‘marches against racism’. It must mean uprooting and ultimately destroying the remnants of white supremacy. We simply cannot persist in the belief that neutrality will lead, by some magic, to racial justice. Radical and structural changes to our economy and society are the only way out of this conjuncture. And while these solutions may fill us with dread for their unintended consequences, we should realise that we already are – and always have been – living in a nightmare.”

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Essay: Don’t ban no-platforming

 

I recently published this essay for Free Speech Debate on ‘no-platforming’. Have a read!

“At first, ‘no-platforming’ seems at odds with free speech but, on closer view, the story is not so simple. The primary misunderstanding stems from a superficial conception of free speech. Denying someone an influential platform is no more an infringement of their freedom of speech than denying someone a Ferrari is an infringement of their freedom of movement. What we are dealing with in this debate is a special category of prioritised, privileged and unencumbered speech; not so much speech as the means of its magnification. From the outset, then, we should not confuse “no-platforming” with ‘no-speeching’.”

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NEW MUSIC – MARIKANA: WE NEVER DIED

 

“Marikana: We Never Died” is the second political hip-hop single released on Long Talk 2 Freedom, following the release of “Mr President” in April, 2014. It is a work of protest art dealing with the Marikana massacre of August 16th, 2012, which took place at Lonmin Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, South Africa.

“As for political power/

34 dead over 50 Rands an-hour/

So if ’94 was a seed, what’s the sense in a seed if the seed never flowers?/”

#MarikanaWeNeverDied

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Credits:

Written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh aka “Vice V”

Article: The Student Battle for SA’s Soul

“The constitutional settlement of 1994 was neither a panacea for South Africa’s problems nor an insurmountable obstacle. Rather, it was an act of postponement; an invitation for future generations to untangle the beautifully grotesque mess that is South Africa. Two decades on, the time we borrowed from that postponement is vanishing. A battle for the soul of South Africa is brewing, and nowhere is it raging more fiercely than on the campuses of South African universities.”

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PODCAST: Why the Rhodes Statue Should Fall in Oxford

RMF_PodcastDesignIn this episode of  ‘Rhodes on Trial’, organising members discuss why the Rhodes statue should come down, and why RMFO is planning a protest for Friday, 6th November outside Oriel College.

We deal with Rhodes’ legacy, why is represents a deeper problem than Rhodes himself, and respond to some objections.

Sign the petition and join the protest. Find all information on our Facebook Page: Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford. Twitter: @RMF_Oxford

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New Release: The Madiba On Remix ft. Bambatha

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Stream the Madiba On Remix featuring Bambatha now!

This song is a tribute to the generation of freedom fighters who came before us, and a call for the current generation to own the precious freedoms that we have won while remembering the many social struggles that contemporary South Africa still demands that we confront.

Credits:

Produced, mixed and mastered by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh aka “Vice V”
Recorded by Bambatha Mandela aka “Bambatha”
Lyrics by Vice V and Bambatha

 

 

Lyrics to “Mr President”

 

Verse 1

Mr president, this is for the people who you’re tryna fool/

This is for the people so it’s time to school/

This is for the cronies who admire you: you wanna see a chicken run? I’ll drown you in your firepool/

Umshini wam’ umshini wam’/

Khawuleth’ umshini wam umshini wam’/

Have you heard the rumours?/

They say Zuma’s a criminal, criminal/

Subliminal messaging the anger in the people is setting in/

The crowd is menacing, the cries are deafening/

Zuma must go, the shadows are lengthening/

Fuck the police, yo we run on adrenalin/

You undermine women undervalue the feminine/

We’re marching like regiments, screaming “down with decadence!”/

Caught up in a spiral of underdevelopment/

It’s about time you got a taste of your own medicine/

 

Chorus

Mr president, can you hear the people on the streets?/

See the hunger, the anger now they’re praying for your defeat/

Marikana, Nkandla and spy tapes is deceit/

No surrender no retreat, no surrender no retreat!/

I repeat!/

I can see the people on the streets/

Calling for your head calling for your defeat/

Marikana, Nkandla and Arms Deal is deceit/

And we won’t retreat, no we won’t retreat!/

 

Verse 2

Mr president, can you see the people on the streets?/

Bathi “phansi ngo-Zuma” to the rhythm of the beat/

They say: “where do you run when the president’s a thief?”/

They say: “where do you go when the criminal’s police?”/

You sold out the poor like you sold out Cosatu/

Then you double-crossed Vavi when he tried to out you/

How many more stories are there about you?/

Even the Guptas’ airplane couldn’t ground you/

E-tolls, Marikana, load shedding/

700 charges and you still don’t get it/

You killed our ANC, the struggle’s been beheaded/

And just how just many friends’ daughters have you bedded?/

Fooled me once but you can’t fool Thuli/

We’re headed to the streets the mood so unruly/

Yeah, they say power corrupts/

But absolute power corrupts absolutely/

 

Chorus (X2)

 

Outro

This is a remix of the song done by El General/

They say it sparked the Tunisian revolution that brought Ben Ali down/

I represent the real hip-hop/

Talk about social change, stand up/

Meet me at the Union Buildings/

Mr Zuma, your time is up/