On Christianity in Social Justice Movements

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“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

-James 2:17

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The Concept of White Privilege as Racism: A Logical Fallacy

Rhodes Must Fall
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When students at the University of Cape Town began protesting for the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue from their campus, a collective breath was held in anticipation of what action Rhodes University students would take. And although the Rhodent front was quiet for a minute, a solidarity march held by the Black Students Movement this past Tuesday would spark a conversation that would lead to the #RhodesSoWhite hashtag and debates about white privilege (and the legitimacy thereof).

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On Black Respectability (and the Moment I Realised It To Be a Lie)

The ideology of respectability politics is one which has been sold to black people as a solution to curbing the negative stereotyping and racism they face. Prominent figures such as Bill Cosby and, more recently, Piers Morgan, have essentially argued: “Hey, black people! If you stop sagging your pants and using slang/African-American Vernacular English (including the subverted use of the word “nigger”), then white people will respect you more.”

For the longest time, I internalised this message. Continue reading “On Black Respectability (and the Moment I Realised It To Be a Lie)”

Why I Love Mastodon’s New Music Video

If you have not heard of twerking by now, I have no idea what to say to you except, “Google.”  There has been much debate around the concept, which some would argue was triggered by the VMA performance of “We Can’t Stop”/”Blurred Lines” by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.  Regardless of the origin of the discussion, much of it has revolved around the representation of women – particularly those who happen to be black – as sexual objects, as well as its supposedly “ratchet” nature (but that discussion is for another day).

Anyway, this week, Mastodon released their new music video for “The Motherload”, which featured a heavy dosage of twerking (here it is for the uninitiated):

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