Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lest we Forget

21st March Marks Human Rights Day in South Africa, commemorating the devastating violent racist Sharpeville Massacre in 1960

Hector Pieterson was killed in the massacre and became a symbol of the struggle against Apartheid

21st March is now also commemorated as the International Day Against Racism (in all its forms)

This young unknown Palestinian was killed in Gaza massacre in 2009

Apartheid in South Africa ended in 1994 - Israeli Apartheid continues....

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Wafa' said...

I have never known that 21st of March is the international day against racism. Thankx for the information.
we should have more awarness of that day so the message will reach out.

The Dude said...

I am ashamed to admit, I never knew it was a day against racism either.

But I wont forget anytime soon. Thanks for this.


Rajat said...

Till the day we keep fighting we are in the situation to bring the evil to end. Racism will end, it will end soon.

Anonymous said...

Racism and exclusion are the very basis of the project of modernity. In its origins, lies the first traces of racism: black slaves.

Modern South Africa has not and will not be able to escape the racist logic of modernity. Modern project of national liberation is created out of contradictions. Us versus the Other.

Racism can never die in a modern democracy. End of exclusion is a modern myth of political justification and legitimacy.

Israelis are no different from the South African or the experience of any other modern state. If Israelis represent the state, then Palestenians represent the subject masses of the modern state.

Nietzsche says in "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" that state is the coldest of the cold monsters. It says the coldest lie: that I, state am the people.

Let us then celebrate at this day our ignorance of the politics of exclusion. Our refusal to let go of the comforts of believing in an eventual evolution to "good", will not allow us to critically engage with the very ideology which created such belief: Modernity.

Political and socio-economic cartography of post-aparthied South African is no revolutionary. Post-aparthied the same system of laws have been used to initiate a system of violence against other forms of social other defined may be not by color but by ethinicity, or economic position etc.

Cremated WOlf.