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TALKING POINT | I found my white Afrikaner identity by studying history

Bullied as a child, Lindie Koorts clings to her identity more firmly than ever, calling it an act of resistance

29 October 2020 - 20:42 By Lindie Koorts

Is the official use of apartheid-era racial categories a human rights violation? As the SA Human Rights Commission grapples with the question, Sunday Times Daily explores different views on the race row involving Western Cape teacher Glen Snyman, of Oudtshoorn, who faced disciplinary action and was charged with fraud by the Western Cape education department after identifying himself as “African” instead of “coloured” in a job application. This is the third in a series of four features. Read Ebrahim Harvey’s and Marlene le Roux’s here.

Race, identity: I cannot remember a time in SA’s history when these were not at issue. It veers between simplistic attempts at imposing racial categories to convoluted debates about intersectionality. And between those simplistic racial categories and the complexity of identity lies a tension. Because identity is always in flux and it does not allow itself to be pinned down...

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