Enlightened racism? European philosophy entanglements with racism and colonial practices – then and now

ANALYSIS Silvia Donzelli 31 May 2022 Debates in the wake of Black Lives Matter movement are contributing to the disclosure of multilayered patterns of racist thought and practices hitherto concealed behind the respectable curtain of Western traditions and normative institutions. Among the pillars of Western cultural legacy that are being profoundly shaken in this process,…

“Separate But Equal”: From Plessy to Brown – The (In)ability of the US Courts in the Quest for Racial Desegregation

ANALYSIS Kilili Nthiw’a 27 May 2022 “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of,…

Racism Concerns in Search Results and Implications for Researching on African Issues

COMMENT Nelson Otieno 13 May 2022 “Why Africa” Search Results Search results are enabled by algorithms that collect, organize, and categorize data into contexts to produce desired results. With this in hindsight, I have done a quick random (and admittedly unscientific) analysis by searching for the word ‘Why Africa’ on Yahoo search engine. I note…

Anti-racism in international human rights law – What is radical enough?

ANALYSIS Thoko Kaime and Isabelle Zundel 06 May 2022 The africanlegalstudies.blog has sent the focus month “Longing for an Anti-Racist World” into a second round. Rightly so, since (un)surprisingly racism is still “one of the globe’s most severe catastrophes”[1] to cite Prof. Arndt in her contribution on this forum last year. The cruel manifestations of…

Challenging the Orthodoxy: Race, Racism and the Reconfiguration of Economics

ANALYSIS Prof. Dr. Stefan Ouma 31 May 2021 Books abound on what is wrong with economics (Chang 2014; Keen 2011; Nelson 2018, Mazzucato 2018, Raworth 2018, Stanford 2015), and what we would have to do to change it. Given the little change we have seen in economics training and policy-effective economic thinking since the global…

Pleading for White Responsibility in the Struggle Against Racism

OPINION Prof. Dr. Susan Arndt 28 May 2021 I wish to thank Thoko Kaime for his most powerful intervention. Indeed, the longevity of racism is in need of an allyship of intervention in the “very urgency of the now”, to cite Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. resistant wording. In the midst of the current Black…

Abolitionist and Anti-Racist Struggles in Muslim Africa: The Case of Mauritania

ANALYSIS David Malluche 28 May 2021 In the wake of the recent global rise of Anti-Racist movements, local activists and scholars have brought increasing attention to the racial legacies of slavery within the Arab-Muslim world.[1] Whereas the opening of a public debate on racism is a relatively new development in many North African and Middle…

African Multiple Identity in Diaspora – A Critical Reflection on Anti-Racism from the Perspective of Literature

COMMENT Dyoniz Kindata 21 May 2021 “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr 1963[1] This statement, by Martin Luther King…

On the Demand to Make Peace with Mediocrity

COMMENT Dr. Serawit Debele 14 May 2021 Introducing this series, Prof. Kaime writes about the dangers of the pacifying tendencies from those  who “suggest a toning down of the rhetoric on account that it is too radical or too offensive or that it does not build bridges.” These tendencies are exactly what James Baldwin summarised…

Insights and Additional Information on the Socio-Legal Discourse around Anti-Racism

Intersectionality as a Key Concept for the Protection Against Multiple Discrimination The concept of intersectionality takes into account the interpenetration of various identity categories like race, gender, class, sexuality and disability as well as the structural interlocking of multiple forms of oppression like racism, sexism, classism and heterosexism by using an analogy to traffic: “Discrimination,…