It is only when you get to choose what your “culture” is – and not have it forced upon you – that it becomes remotely respectable.
Earlier today, the ANC Women’s League released a rant about the latest Zapiro cartoon, which I won’t reproduce here for fear of being shot. But the rant has now disappeared from their website, although you can read Jackson Mthembu’s (typically reflective) opinion if you like. I happened to have a browser page open to the rant, and have pasted it below.
The choice to never have displayed Zuma’s Spear is easy to understand. But to remove it could be sensitivity (which is often good), or it could represent another win for the hypersensitive – with the latter being something which should cause us regret and concern.
Exactly which categories of human does identity politics grant special protection to, and on what grounds is this discrimination justified?
It’s not necessarily Zuma’s “blackness” or “Zulu-ness” that motivates the mockery – it’s also quite plausibly (for some) the fact that they perceive him as a philanderer, who happens to be our President (and further, happens to be black and Zulu).
The ANC’s centenary celebrations were marked by another instance of an uncomfortable collision of cultural norms in the ritual slaughter of a bull. But is cultural habit a sufficient justification for such rituals?