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Being light-skinned can lead to “reverse colorism” in many parts of the world
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Being light-skinned can lead to “reverse colorism” in many parts of the world

By Ronald Hall, Michigan State University Racism is often debated, discussed and analyzed in politics, the classroom and the workplace. But as a scholar of the politics of skin color, I see colorism as a form of prejudice that’s poorly understood and gets very little attention. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines colorism as “prejudice or discrimination especially within a racial or ethnic group favoring people with lighter skin over those with darker skin.” Western media outlets routinely assume that colorism refers to the preference for lighter skin in communities of color. Yet this assumption betrays a Western bias. Yes, in places like the U.S., darker-skinned people can experience various aspects of discrimination. But in some African communities, the U.S. and oth...
US warns South Africa of possible terrorist attack following similar concerns for Nigeria
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US warns South Africa of possible terrorist attack following similar concerns for Nigeria

United States officials have warned South Africa's government of a possible terrorist attack at events with large gatherings -- days after alerting Nigeria of a similar attack. The U.S. embassy in South Africa posted an alert on its website today, warning of possible attacks in Johannesburg. The embassy warned citizens to avoid the Sandton area of Johannesburg this coming weekend. The U.S. embassy alert said: The U.S. government has received information that terrorists may be planning to conduct an attack targeting large gatherings of people at an unspecified location in the greater Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa, on 29 October 2022. There is no further information regarding the timing, method, or target of the potential attack. The U.S. Embassy has advised staff ...
Report: Black-owned businesses decline in South Africa, estimated under 30%
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Report: Black-owned businesses decline in South Africa, estimated under 30%

Black-owned businesses in South Africa have been plummeting in recent years, and a new report indicates it has now dropped below 30%. Black ownership fell 1.5%, according to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission’s annual report for 2021 obtained by Bloomberg. The report also indicated Black management control also dropped to 51.6% — down by 5.4%. According to Bloomberg, the decline has continued even though the more than 500 B-BBEE ownership deals worth over 600 billion rand ($36.1 billion USD) reported to the commission since 2017 intended to facilitate the transfer of ownership to Black South Africans. The 2021 report was based on annual compliance reports submitted from 130 listed companies, 82 state entities and data collected from 1,373 entities who are B...
United Nations experts warn of rising xenophobia in South Africa
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United Nations experts warn of rising xenophobia in South Africa

Days before Nelson Mandela International Day, which is celebrated today, United Nations experts shared a warning about rising xenophobic sentiments and violence in South Africa. A group called “Special Rapporteurs,” said on Friday that xenophobic mobilization in South Africa is broader and deeper than it may appear, and has become a part of strategy in some political circles. “Anti-migrant discourse from senior government officials has fanned the flames of violence, and government actors have failed to prevent further violence or hold perpetrators accountable,” they said in a statement released Friday. In the statement, Special Rapporteurs pointed to “Operation Dudula,” saying it is example of using hate speech and spurring the mobilization of violent protests, vigilante violence, ars...
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State funeral held for 21 South Africans who died in nightclub

A state funeral was held in South Africa for 21  people, all under 18 years of age, who mysteriously died at a bar late last month. The funeral was held Wednesday in the coastal town of East London. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was one of the hundreds of people who attended, including family, friends and people from the local community. The cause of death is still under investigation but last week sources reportedly said authorities suspect the victims died of some type of gas poisoning. Some of the victims reportedly collapsed  while dancing and others lost consciousness mid conversation with people at the bar. Most of the victims were 17 years old and younger. The youngest victim was a 13-year-old boy. The legal age for drinking alcohol in South Africa is 18. A criminal i...
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Gas poisoning suspected in deaths of 21 people at South Africa nightclub

Officials announced Wednesday that an autopsy had been performed on most of the victims who mysteriously collapsed and died at a South Africa nightclub early Sunday morning. One source reportedly said results of the autopsy were still pending but the recovered bodies had a strong odor, and gas poisoning was suspected. It’s still unclear what type of gas poisoning the victims may have inhaled or ingested. Officials originally said 22 people were killed. The number of people who died was later clarified as 21. The victims were mostly under the age of 18. One of the victims was as young as 13 years old. It’s not known when officials will have a definitive answer about what type of poisoning killed the victims. What led to the poisoning is also still under investigation. Some bars and...
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22 people found dead in South Africa nightclub

Authorities have reported that 22 people were found dead early Sunday morning at a nightclub in South Africa. The mysterious deaths have created an uproar in East London where the young people died. The victims reportedly died after collapsing while dancing, and some mid conversations. The deaths were initially reported as possibly related to a stampede, but this was incorrect as the victims had no visible signs of injuries. Officials have said toxicology tests will be performed to determine the causes of death. Many celebrations were reported in cities and rural areas of South Africa because of graduations. It is believed many of the victims were under 18. Bars and taverns in parts of South Africa are known to sometimes evade licensing requirements or restrict underage patrons....
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White “pastor” in South Africa convicted of treason in plot to kill thousands of Black people, overthrow government

A White “pastor” in South Africa was convicted of treason on Monday as part of an insidious plot to overthrow the government and kill scores of Black people by poisoning water supplies. The so-called “pastor” was arrested in 2019 after South African authorities discovered the plot, which involved multiple cells in his movement throughout the country. The “pastor” was found in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition after he was arrested. The “pastor” was the leader of a “Christian” organization that not only planned to use the movement to poison Black communities via water reservoirs, the group also considered using biological weapons to kill Black people. This terrorist also recruited people with the intent to carry out violent attacks against Black people. The leader also tried ...