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Articles written by Veli Mbele

Depression & The Black Condition

The issue of depression has become very much topical lately in South African media (traditional and new), and the unfortunate passing of our Brother and Motswako icon, Jabulani Tsambo aka HHP, just brought the issue of depression into even sharper public focus.

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The Nyaope Of Whiteness

I have never come across a phenomenon that is as all-consuming, behemothic and pulverising as whiteness. Whiteness doesn't just reduce Black people to hallow entities that epitomise dizziness, emptiness, absence, invisibility and nothingness.

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Diego Garcia: A Story Of Untold Black Erasure

The major reason why our Black kin in Diego Garcia and other parts of the world remain a brutalised and racially abused people is because, while the British and the AmeriKKKans (who are essentially the same people) are acutely aware that what they are doing is wrong, criminal and inhumane - they however don’t fear any consequences because they are also aware that, Black people, don’t have a global political or military body whose business it is to ensure that whoever abuses or harms Black people, in any way - is held accountable and made to suffer the necessary consequences.

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Blackness As A Permanent State of Nervousness

Nothing best expresses the totalising-all-consuming-debilitating power of whiteness than the psychosis wherein statements by Blacks such as “we want our land back| or “we must build Black power”- makes some Black people so nervous that they sometimes slide into self-induced depression (on behalf of the whites they know or love).

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The Coloured Question

The Coloured Question is not new in our public discourse.There is an interesting story of how Richard Dudley of the Unity Movement dealt with this question when former President Mandela asked him to help the ANC secure the”coloured vote” in the 1994 election.

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Imbibing White Supremacy In The Comfort Of Our Living Rooms

A lot of times when we Blacks talk about the system of white supremacy, we often talk about it as something that is located somewhere far away, and not present in the things we do on a daily basis in our homes and other personal person spaces.The truth is that we are as much a part of the system of white supremacy as it is a part of us.

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