Reflections on an epistle to white people

Yesterday morning, on my breakfast online media trawl, I ran into Gillian Schutte's latest epistle to white South Africa. "Dear white people," it opens, "[I] implore you to wake up and smell Africa with a fresh white nose."

Intrigued by what Schutte might have say to whites following a year of powerful pieces calling out and critiquing whiteness and its oppressive and arrogant hegemony, I was compelled to read on.

True to form, she eruditely exposed some of the quintessential and all too habitual expressions of whiteness in South Africa unapologetically. Each paragraph spoke to and against so many of the enraging experiences I had suffered at the hands of whiteness and would continue to with every encounter. Each sentence so poignantly invoked an accumulated history of normalised structural and material degradation and violence, which have left me with so many deep-running nervous conditions.

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