Cape Town, South Africa

Oemtjokitie by Doodvenootskap

If Die Antwoord were real, this is what their video would look like

The music video for ‘Oemtjokitie’ by Doodvenootskap was shot in the South African city that tops all the world travel recommendation charts – Telegraph Travel Awards, NY Times’ 52 Places to go in 2014, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 and so on. Where do all these people go? Many visitors stick close to the Table Mountain, and few ever get to explore the Lavender Hill or Steenberg, the parts of town Doodvenootskap is representing in this video.

With more than an eye wink to gangster culture, it’s a reminder that Cape Town is a city that ‘works for a few’ (as the Tokolos artwork below illustrates) while a majority – and many of those living on the Cape Flats – do not benefit equally from Cape Town’s status as one of the world’s greatest cities.” Read more at African Hip hop


The DoodVenootSkap video was apparently inspired by Terror MC’s ‘Liberate yourself‘ (2008), one of the first Afrikaans language hip hop videos that portrayed some of the people living in Ravensmead and other townships around Cape Town. Terror MC has a new album coming out, if you want to hear some of his new tracks check out the last three episodes of African hip hop radio.

Meanwhile, Die Antwoord have also positioned several of their videos in the Cape townships, but the difference with Doodvenootskap and Terror MC is that Die Antwoord neither live in, nor come from these neighbourhoods (instead, they come from the affluent and largely white part of Cape Town with an unemployment rate of 2%), and they have been accused of merely borrowing the backdrop and some of the people living there rocking prison tattoos to create the hip hop equivalent of poverty porn. Of course we can ask ourselves the question whether videos like ‘Oemtjokitie’ are fundamentally different in that respect, but for a large part of this word’s greatest city, what you see in this video is part of their every day reality.

DoodVenootSkap have recorded several tracks and a mixtape ‘Skolly hood’, check them out on Soundcloud.

Dear white people, when you review a black movie trailer, and don’t know anything about the black experience— including that being accused of being angry is a stereotype— then please, stfu. (And your ignorance of the culture, means you should really watch (study) the actual movie before making judgment.)

Dear white people, let the topic of discussion be that. In a conversation about a black movie, talking about black issues, in black culture, no need to lump how women, or Asians, or Hispanics, are treated in… Can I have a moment?

Dear white people, understand that mainstream (or white, as she puts it) movies, including those with Will Smith, may have one or two black people, having a broader human experience. Black films may feature a number of black people, having a more culturally relevant human experience. Black people DO NOT need tips from you on how to get rid of the “black” label. It is necessary for our growth as a collective “type” of people.

And anyway, who asked you for your opinion? You’re obsessed, I know. We don’t need any saviors, thanks.

Remarks by The President at the Annual Iftar Dinner, July 14, 2014

And, finally, tonight reminds us of our responsibilities to each other beyond our borders, as well as within.  Even as we celebrate all that we have in common, we know that in too many corners of the world we see violence and terror of those who would destroy rather than build.  These are particularly difficult times in the Middle East.  In Syria, the Assad regime continues its brutality against the Syrian people, and so we continue to help Syrians stand up to Assad and deal with the humanitarian crisis and push back against extremists.  In Iraq, where ISIL’s attacks on civilians and destruction of religious sites seek to inflame sectarian tensions, we continue to call for a new government that can unite Iraqis and show all communities in Iraq that they can advance their aspirations through the political process.  

Separately, the pictures we are seeing in Gaza and Israel are heart wrenching.  People here in the United States care deeply about what’s happening there, and I know there are strong views, as well as differences, about how we should move forward, which is part of American democracy.  We welcome that debate.  That makes us stronger.

Our goal has been and continues to be peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians.  And I will say very clearly, no country can accept rocket fired indiscriminately at citizens.  And so, we’ve been very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas.  At the same time, on top of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that we’ve worked long and hard to alleviate, the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy, which is why we’ve emphasized the need to protect civilians, regardless of who they are or where they live.

I believe further escalation benefits no one, least of all the Israeli and the Palestinian people.  So we’re going to continue doing everything we can to facilitate a return to the 2012 cease-fire.  We are encouraged that Egypt has made a proposal to accomplish this goal, which we hope can restore the calm that we’ve been seeking.  More broadly, however, the situation in Gaza reminds us again that the status quo is unsustainable and that the only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, where differences are resolved peacefully and in ways that respect the dignity of all people.

Here at home, even as we’re vigilant in ensuring our security, we have to continue to remain true to our highest ideals.  In the United States of America, there is no place for false divisions between races and religions.  We are all Americans, equal in rights and dignity, and no one should ever be targeted or disparaged because of their faith.  And that, too, is what makes us stronger.

The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes Black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you.

Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another, and so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe.

It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.

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