Around the World in 80 Days, Day 50: South Africa – The Power of One

My first impression of Afrikaners, formed early in life, came from the 1989 hit Lethal Weapon 2.  South Africa, hitherto largely unknown to me beyond vague recollections of something my history teacher called the Boer War and old episodes of Wild Kingdom, took on a very sinister quality.  The baddies in that movie are blue-eyed, … Read more

Sarah Foster

Colorism and the Forgotten Slave Trade

Negative attitudes toward black people didn’t start with the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. It was before, in the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade, that we can trace the beginnings of colorism coming out of Arabia. But why is that slave trade and its horrors forgotten? Islamicist Sarah Foster probes a question that desperately needs asking: Never miss a … Read more