Category Archives: South Africa

Return to South Africa

You’ll see how it is – it’s still that kind of city – here where one thing leads, shades into another; where footpath becomes road, road a roadstead, where the stone of the mountain turns to street-stone, and you’d almost believe the one were the other, and that where it all leads, the sole place […]

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A Note On The Visual Cultures of Racism

Racist speech does not function as an invitation to conversation. It does not offer reasons or arguments with which its audience can engage; and the visceral hostility it expresses effectively forecloses, rather than opens, the opportunity for further discussion. Caroline West, ‘Words That Silence? Freedom of expression and racist hate speech’, 2012. “We express ourselves […]

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Hate Speech: The Dark Twin Of Free Speech

Freedom of opinion is a farce, unless factual information is guaranteed, and the facts themselves are not in dispute. Hannah Arendt, ‘Truth and politics’, 1966. On October 20 2014, an unemployed fifty-seven year old white Norwegian man entered a supermarket in an Eastern suburb of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Walking through the supermarket, he […]

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The Moral Imagination of Ta-Nehisi Coates

It is hard to face this. But all our phrasing – race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy – serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extract organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. […]

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Regarding Salafism

“For him, humanity was divided into the rogues and the honest: there was nothing in between.” Anton Chekhov, Ward no.6 Introducing Salafism Previously often on the margins of both scholarly, media and political attention, few ideological currents in contemporary Islam have received more attention in recent years than Salafism.  In my native Norway, this has […]

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Samora

My own and Cora A. Døving’s primer on racism – Hva er rasisme? [What is racism?] Universitetsforlaget, 2015 – has been reviewed by Mohamed Abdi for the Norwegian journal Samora. The review can be read in full in Norwegian here: http://mohamed86a.tumblr.com/post/122836319840/hva-b-r-antirasisme-i-var-tid-vaere

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Arts Council Norway

In a meeting on May 15 2015, the Arts Council of Norway selected my and Cora A. Døving’s short introduction to racism, entitled ‘Hva er rasisme?’ ['What is racism?], Universitetsforlaget, 2015 as one of 19 (out of a total of 71 titles nominated by Norwegian publishers in the Academic Prose category) which the Arts Council […]

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Vårt Land

Op-ed in the Norwegian daily newspaper Vårt Land, March 2 2015 on the dubious ‘science’ of Prof Malik B. Badri and the ‘islamisation of knowledge’- paradigm in which he operates. http://www.verdidebatt.no/debatt/cat12/subcat15/thread11562099/ For a substantially longer English version of my argument herein, see my essay ‘AIDS And The Wrath of God’ in Farid Esack and Sarah […]

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