South Africa Isn’t Post-Racial Either

By Daisy Hernandez Jun 24, 2009

Bob Jensen’s new essay at looks at how whites in the U.S. and South Africa are having the same conversations about race. He includes great snippets from the book I Write What I Like, which collects the writings of Steve Biko, the anti-apartheid activist who was murdered by police in 1977. These lines still resonate today:

“Instead of involving themselves in an all-out attempt to stamp out racism from their white society, liberals waste lots of time trying to prove to as many blacks as they can find that they are liberal. This arises out of the false belief that we are faced with a black problem. There is nothing the matter with blacks. The problem is WHITE RACISM and it rests squarely on the laps of the white society.”