The answer to the conundrums facing people of African descent perhaps begins with the acquisition of African names: a psychological soul-searching journey in personal identity development packaged in a rite of passage journey seeking liberation from a historically oppressive ordeal (e.g., name stripping, mentacide, Afrophobia
, internalized oppression, etc.).
In all this, Gareth Newham, the head of the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme of the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS), speaks for many when he says the Afrophobia
"attacks have continued in South Africa partly because South Africans know they can get away with it, as the police rarely act against perpetrators".
On 22nd May 2008 I spoke about Afrophobia
as a Member in the South African Parliament.
The spectre of Afrophobia
began to emerge with the loss of citizen-control: state failure in whichever form and degree it took, loosened what we may call the post-colonial pass laws.
During its 11-day mission, the Working Group's delegation heard from civil society, researchers and families of victims of police killings about racial discrimination and Afrophobia
and Vodouphobic discourse were filtered through a Western contextual view of religion, complemented by a rigid Eurocentric understanding of peoples, culture, and traditions.
has reared its head again in South Africa.