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The problem with this perspective is cancel culture isn’t real, at least not in the way people believe it is. Instead, it’s turned into a catch-all for when people in power face consequences for their actions or receive any type of criticism, something that they’re not used to. I’m a black, Muslim woman, and because of social media, marginalized people like myself can express ourselves in a way that was not possible before. That means racist, sexist, and bigoted behavior or remarks don’t fly like they used to. This applies to not only wealthy people or industry leaders but anyone whose privilege has historically shielded them from public scrutiny. Because they can’t handle this cultural shift, they rely on phrases like “cancel culture” to delegitimize the criticism.

Sarah Hagi
Time
5 March 2007

John Qwelane on DA succession battle

John Qwelane, that old homophobe whom many white people love to hate because of his virulent views, has come out in support of Helen Zille for leader of the DA. Money quote:

Granted, she is white; but a woman leader would be another desirable factor in the stale doldrums of local male-dominated politics, and it would be a telling blow for gender equality. I love the woman to bits; she might be the reason I could vote for her party, instead of boycotting the elections. I believe that under La Zille, the DA would transform itself into a party for all South Africans.

John Qwelane loves Helen Zille! What next – Jacob Zuma declaring his love for Bulelani Ngcuka? Zackie Achmat professing a deep and abiding love for Manto?

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