Humanising Hate Crimes

Xenophobia, bad governance, police violence, extreme poverty – we’re familiar with the terms and we know they are problems that must be dealt with. But it’s hard to go beyond the headlines when it’s not personal.

People like local commentator Sisonke Msimang have been writing about xenophobia from a South African perspective. Having spent her formative years in exile, she presents a unique and nuanced perspective on why, as she writes, “South Africans refuse to let Africans in”. She argued recently in a piece on the popular blog site Africa is a Country that if South Africans don’t start to embrace rather than repel the continent they belong to, the tables may turn and the rest of Africa may decide to shut them out.

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