Tag Archives: Racism

‘White Foreigners’: History Repeating

  Terry Bell   Gwede Mantashe, former chairman of the SA Communist Party, former general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and now the powerful secretary-general of the governing ANC, sounded furious this week. In what must qualify as the most ironic case of “we’ve heard all that before”, he blamed the platinum [...]

The Ladder of Racial Hierarchy: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel, Americanah, is a magnificent exploration of what it means to be black and an African immigrant in America. It traces the journey of Ifemelu, a young woman from her native Nigeria to the United States of America for university education. Americanah is part of a triad of novels that began with the Booker long-listed Purple Hibiscus – an [...]