The various Faculty Boards at the University of Cape Town are currently considering alternative models for UCT student admissions. This contribution from Professor Anton Fagan of the Law Faculty merits wide distribution, and argues against the use of race as a proxy for disadvantage.
My introductory remarks at the 2013 TB Davie Memorial Lecture on Academic Freedom
The UCT student newspaper, Varsity, ran a story that included a graphic showing how “UCT” voted on the “most attractive race”. This time, it wasn’t only Marius Fransman who let hysteria triumph over common sense in reacting to this graphic.
The UCT student newspaper, Varsity, caused a Twitter-mob to mobilise in publishing a graphic regarding the attractiveness of “races”. But doing so isn’t itself necessarily racist.
#WeSayEnough was by all accounts the largest protest march in the University of Cape Town’s history, and UCT has had its fair share of protest marches. I don’t know if these marches serve any purpose, but I think – and hope – that my cynicism is misplaced.
On August 1, 2012, Ferial Haffajee delivered the 47th annual TB Davie Lecture at the University of Cape Town. As chair of the Academic Freedom Committee, I had the privilege of introducing her. This is the text of my introductory remarks.