At dawn on November 9, 2016, Africans woke up to news of a United States president-elect, and it was not Hillary Clinton. Many expected Clinton, largely because in preceding weeks and months they got their share of around-the-clock propaganda from a host of pundits who had kept the media under siege with axiomatic pronouncements abridged as: Trump can’t win. Also, there were, in Africa, prophecies by egotistical preachers who feigned hearing from God about a Clinton win when in reality, the god they had heard from was a TV set mainstreaming oracles from elites to the populace. In the end none other than Donald Trump was left to emerge as the victor in what is yet to remain a bewildering stunner administered to millions of Americans, feminism sympathizers, and world leaders who misguidedly fancied contemplations of Clinton’s coronation.
As many in South Africa, and beyond, attentively watched the vibrant students’ revolution unfold, an unaddressed, related matter caught my attention. Even as President Jacob Zuma bowed to students’ demands by scrapping a tuition increase for 2016, international students’ concerns remained a non-issue. Although the latter have not been loud enough – being a minority – the solution offered to end the crisis could have considered them.
By Simeon Nkola Matamba (Twitter:@Simeon_5)
Protests that recently engulfed Ferguson before spreading across America have once again brought racism to light. They are an eloquent reminder of persistent social imbalances in the “Land of The Free” purportedly rid of race discrimination.
Echoes of the six bullets fired by white policeman Darren Wilson to seal the destiny of a black boy, Michael Brown, still resound in Ferguson and beyond. As a further matter, unrest fueled by Wilson’s non-indictment for the murder of Brown increased the likelihood of seeing American society propelled to the brink of a dangerous precipice. Continue reading →