The Colour of Our Future
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The Colour of Our Future makes a bold and ambitious contribution to the discourse on race. It addresses the tension between the promise of a post-racial society and the persistence of racialized identities in South Africa, which has historically played itself out in debates between the ‘I don’t see race’ of non-racialism and the ‘I’m proud to be black’ of black consciousness. What the chapters in this volume highlight is the need for a race-transcendent vision that moves beyond ‘the festival of negatives’ embodied in concepts such as non-racialism, non-sexism, anti-colonialism and anti-apartheid. Steve Biko’s notion of a ‘joint culture’ is the scaffold on which this vision rests; it recognizes that a race-transcendent society can only be built by acknowledging the constituent elements of South Africa’s EuroAfricanAsian heritage. The distinguished authors in this volume have, over the past two decades, used the democratic space to insert into the public domain new conversations around the intersections of race and the economy, race and the state, race and the environment, race and ethnic difference, and race and higher education. Presented here is some of their most trenchant and yet still evolving thinking. South Africa is ready for a new vocabulary of national consciousness that simultaneously recognizes racialized identities while affirming that as human beings we are much more than our racial, sexual, class, religious or national identities.
Xolela Mangcu is associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. He is the editor of Becoming Worthy Ancestors: Archive, Public Deliberation and Identity in South Africa (Wits University Press: 2011).
"There is no better group of analysts than the contributors to this volume to comment on the life of colour and on the unfinished challenege of unravelling racism in post-apartheid South Africa. Xolela Mangcu's edited collection presents an engaging portrait of our times. Deeply impressive and powerfully argued, it makes a substantial contribution to ongoing debates about the future of non-racialism in this country." —Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony and Critique de la raison negre