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We Are the Wretched of the Earth

Posted By Guest On June 5, 2013 @ 8:11 pm In Voices from the Frontlines | 3 Comments

We are the Wretched of the Earth


South African singer Tina Schouw holds a poster of murdered rape victim Anene Booysen in Cape Town. Photograph: Sue Kramer/Demotix/Corbis

By Malini Mohana, South Africa

Anene Booysen is raped, mutilated, dead.

Let’s tweet, let’s share, let’s “like.”


Let’s advertise our poorly veiled apathy through media mindstorms - click click click revolution?

Some people have stood up, they have said “No. No. This is not ok.”

They have written articles in good faith and of good value, that have expressed the right things from a place of intelligence and of empathy.

Here is one [2] and another [3], and another [4], and some more [5].

It has all been said. What is left to say?

What do we do now?

I suppose I could write another one. In my anger I could write a hell of a piece that describes, reviles, antagonizes.

You could do it too.

And then what? What is left to say?

What do we do now?

We can dance, we can march, we can wear black and whisper condolences, and it will be sincere and it will be in good faith and of good value.

And then we will go back home and summon new forgetfulness, and Anene is still raped and mutilated and dead, and another will join her every four minutes.


Vicarious overdose.

Change the channel.

Too much.

Let’s watch Syria.

No not Syria again.

Change the channel.

What is this unravelling?

We know of the Holocaust, we know of Apartheid.

But here, no specific person can be condemned; no specific race, no specific country.

Billions of women under siege, everywhere, over eras, and still no specifics.

Just men.

Men in power, men at school, men on the street, men you know, men you don’t know, men you loved.

And that is what is too much to accept.

What? We are not barbarians!

We have a bill of rights now, we care about human lives.

Gang-rape? That sucks. Is she pregnant? Let’s debate abortion.

Hypocrisy in the self-proclaimed intellectual, ignorance in the well educated.

We will not acknowledge our repulsive patriarchy, our hateful ennui, and there will be no change.

These men are raised among us and they are accepted, elevated into power, into influence, or simply allowed to walk the streets as we condemn our girls for having vaginas.

Whatwereyouwearing wherewereyouwalking.

Rape happens. C’est la vie.

Oh, there was no mutilation this time? Lucky her.

Now change the channel.

We are still raped, mutilated, dead.

Tell me. What is left to say?

What do I do now?


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[1] Image: http://www.peacexpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Tina-Schouw-a-South-Afric-007.jpg

[2] one: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2013-02-09-sas-rape-epidemic-the-limitations-of-outrage/

[3] another: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-02-07-as-long-as-we-exist-we-will-be-raped/

[4] another: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-02-15-00-will-anene-booysens-brutal-rape-and-murder-shake-the-nation-into-action

[5] some more: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-02-08-an-open-letter-to-my-fellow-south-africans-i-am-ready-are-you

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