South Africa: “The whites are pretending it didn’t happen. The blacks are pretending to forgive”

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One of the most clearheaded assessments of the new South Africa that I’ve read in a while. It’s a line from an article by The Guardian’s South Africa correspondent, David Smith. It’s what a cynic told him about Apartheid and its legacy. Read Smith’s take on recent events in South Africa, including the white refugee crises here. It’s worth reading the comments below the article, as it confirms this insight.


Oh, and that’s me and Brazilian novelist and journalist Marilene Felinto at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg in 2002.

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One thought on “South Africa: “The whites are pretending it didn’t happen. The blacks are pretending to forgive”

  1. I thought his article really cut to the truth. It is rare that anyone can write it like that, and he is English, maybe his outsider’s perspective enabled him to say it how it is. I really enjoyed the article.

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