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[Xmca-l] Re: Blackface/gayface

Perhaps relevant? Prudence Carter has done some interesting work on issues
of race and education in South Africa. I saw a presentation some time ago
in which she was elaborating on the South African use of the term "coconut"
to refer to people who were "brown on the outside and white on the inside".
Here is a more recent reference:
P. L. Carter. 2012. Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S.
and South African Schools. New York: Oxford University Press.

On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 9:03 AM, Dr. Paul C. Mocombe <
pmocombe@mocombeian.com> wrote:

> I was in south Africa recently and while there, many people were
> derisively referring to this brother (mmusi maimane) as the south African
> Barack obama:
> Watch "Mmusi Maimane: 'Fighting a system, not a race' - Talk to Al
> Jazeera" on YouTube
> https://youtu.be/wW5WAloRnMQ
> It appeared to me, and I am speculating here, that arguments around racial
> identity in south Africa seems to parallel the pathological-pathogenic and
> adaptive-vitality debates of the 1970s and 80s of america.  Maimane is not
> so-called black because he is western educated, and adopt the mannerisms of
> whites like Barack I was told.  Hence there is a juxtaposition taking place
> between blacks who are western educated and those who grow up as part of
> the black underclass in south africa.... is this how south Africa is
> defining black identity?
> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy Note® 4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
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Brigham Young University
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