Debate held at the Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford.
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.”
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’.”
“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?/”
Written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh aka “Vice V”
“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.”
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
Linked up with my boy Femi Nylander to produce this track. It was inspired by the work of #RhodesMustFall in Oxford!
Hope you enjoy!
Lyrics by Femi Nylander and Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh AKA “Vice V”
Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Vice V
The lyrics to this song were written in 2008, when I was a first-year student at the University of Cape Town. I took a break from making hip-hop for a few years, but always hoped I would be able to record the idea in the future. Life has changed a lot since I first wrote it, but the general message still rings true.
I got the chance to record it when I linked up with a crew called Tiger.X late in 2013. Since then, I have been working on the mix and am happy to bring it to you now. An idea that has finally reached fruition, 5 years later! I hope you enjoy.
Credits: Produced, mixed, and mastered by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh aka ‘Vice V’ Recorded by Tiger.X
Listen and download HERE
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.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh aka “Vice V”
Recorded by Bambatha Mandela aka “Bambatha”
Lyrics by Vice V and Bambatha
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