Racism Talk In South Africa


Stories of skin lightening practices, the pronunciation of English words and ways to raise non-racialised youth will aim to create a dialogue around the topic of racism in South African society.

These are some of the issues tackled on the Independent Media stopracism.iol.co.za microsite.

After launching the #RacismStopsWithMe campaign last month, a joint initiative of Sekunjalo, the Independent Media group, Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) and the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) Sector Education and Training Authority, Independent Media launched the microsite.

The website hosts all curated content on racism and race-related stories from across Independent Media’s print titles and digital platforms.

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Users can also engage with one other and share their stories.

The site says the #RacismStopsWith Me” campaign is a call to all our major stakeholders – readers, commercial partners, advertisers, investors, our staff and our society in general – to work together to confront the reality of racism in our society

It carries some of South Africa’s – and the world’s – leading thinkers and writers on subjects such as race, oppression, inequality, justice and reconciliation.

The site says South Africa has not defeated the scourge of racism, largely because we have not reversed the economic legacy of apartheid. The topics covered will aim to spark and encourage conversations on the vexed question of changing South Africa in order to achieve the goal of a non-racist, non-sexist, egalitarian and prosperous society.

Positive stories of change and reconciliation will also be highlighted on the microsite.

IOL managing editor Adrian Ephraim said: “The website is designed for us as South Africans to have a conversation. A lot of things have been said about this issue, and a lot of it has centred around mudslinging. This aims to create a meaningful conversation. We want to look at the issue from all angles – from accents, to privilege, these are some of the topics we cover.”

He said the site was created for user engagement, with people able to submit their stories, talk about encountered racism and even admitting to being a perpetrator.

You can submit work, articles and your experiences to dutyeds@inl.co.za and the site can be accessed at http://stopracism.iol.co.za/

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