St John’s College Valedictory Address

 

On Friday, I was honoured to be invited as the guest speaker at the St John’s College valedictory ceremony. The speech included advice to the class of 2016, touched on the current South African political situation, and criticised the racism still prevalent at St John’s and many other schools in South Africa. The full speech is below:

Freedom is a Scary, Sacred Thing: Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, St John’s College Valedictory Address

SJC Veldictory

A picture with the Head of School, and other leavers after the valedictory ceremony.

Democracy and Delusion Update 1: Buks to Feature!

 

Glad to announce that Buks, one of South Africa’s most talented hip-hop producers, will be working on the Democracy and Delusion album. He’ll be working on some production as well as advising on the direction of the album, and dropping a verse! Here’s a vid of our first creative session together:

Democracy and Delusion is due in the second half of 2017.

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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