The Ritualization of Racism

The War on Drugs and the Global Color Line
Forfatter: Kojo Koram
Forlag: Pluto Press (Storbritannien)
DRUG POLICY / In Colombia, the use of violence by both drug cartels and authorities has become somewhat ritualistic.


When South Africa went to election in 1994, many saw it as a celebration of the four-year democratization process following the collapse of the apartheid regime. Nelson Mandela and his party ANC won a convincing victory, and many believed they were heading towards a society of social justice and equality between all citizens, regardless of skin color.

That is not how it has gone, however. According to Shaun Shelly and Simon Howell, who are both researchers at South African universities, South African society was faced with a number of new challenges and it did not pass the test. When the struggle for freedom was over, the common cause, which had united the oppressed and marginalized sections of the population, also disappeared. The focus shifted to individual needs and a race to share in the benefits that were redistributed in connection with the new times. There were blacks and colored, as it was called in the apartheid days, who managed and moved. . .

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