Tinely Manor, Kwa Zulu Natal, 2017

Those People
Nov 5, 2018 · 3 min read

by nkgopoleng moloi

Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa

The idea of black excellence should strike us as odd.

The existence of the language and its use reveals absurdity.

Often used in the public sphere as a celebration of blackness against given standards, the concept goes beyond acknowledging the perverted gaze of white supremacy, serving that gaze instead.

By celebrating the public successes of those who have “made it” and linking our successes and failures to our blackness, we simplify the complexities of living in a black body, a performing black body in a world that was built on our backs, but not for us.

Through singling out ‘good,’ ‘slaying’ and ‘worthy’ blacks, we de-contextualize success and fail to frame the politics of success, celebration and failure within the broader context of structural injustices.

Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa

Who do we choose to celebrate?

Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa

Who do we choose to shame?

Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa

Who is born dignified?

Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa
Image captured by Nonzuzo Gxekwa

Who has to earn their dignity?


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THOSE PEOPLE

A black magazine for people too hip for black magazines. Get at us: stopthosepeople@gmail.com

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