(part V) – TRIBALISED RACISM

KAMPALA – I wonder how inevitable grouping according to race is. In the Netflix series Orange is the New Black (2013), the female prison finds itself divided along lines that are racial and ageist, described by red lip-sticked lady with a lovely Brooklyn accent as “tribal” (and absolutely not racist): there are whites, blacks, hispanics or […]

(part IV) – INTERNALISED RACISM (AND BLACK VICTIMHOOD)

KAMPALA – For me, this is a tricky subject. A (black) friend of mine once cynically remarked how black people do not need whites to suppress them. ‘We do that perfectly on our own’. While in some countries, black people are actively marginalised as a socio-economic entity and being denied equality of opportunity, in other […]

(part III) – RACE IN UGANDA

KAMPALA – Let me back-track and first write about race in Uganda. Nigerian-born Americanah character Ifemulu said she became black the moment she went to the U.S. Not that she wasn’t black before, but the construct of black as a minority can only exist if you as a black person, are indeed a minority. Here […]

(part II) – (WHITE) PRIVILEGE

KAMPALA – In my last post I wrote about who the Modern Racist might be, and my argument that we were not talking about neo-Nazi’s, extremists, or old geezers with a Southern-Texan accent. Modern racism is embedded in our culture, it is a systemic force that makes you check our wallet when someone suspicious-looking passes you […]

(part I) – THE MODERN RACIST

KAMPALA – Modern racism is a phenomenon that is increasingly harder to talk about. Like bigotry, it has gone underground, and emerges often in the forms of habits, expressions, subconscious associations, and internalised superiority or inferiority, which in turn find their source in institutionalised racism. We think of the Racist as a white hillbilly spouting […]

(part II) – GREAT EXPECTATIONS

KAMPALA – Belgian sexuologist Esther Perel has, in agreement with Yann Dall’Aglio, repeatedly argued that one can find the roots of romantic love in individualised, consumerist culture. Romantic love is actually a recent social invention,- before the 19th-20th century, love had no place in relationships (read: marriage). With romantic love come high expectations: we want […]