Alert! BOOK SA member Rustum Kozain has translated his Rapport article on the Zapiro-Muhammed controversy and posted it on his Grondwerk blog. It’s certainly something that our readers will want to check out:
Looking at the Zapiro controversy, I think that the issue for many Muslims in South Africa is not the depiction of Muhammad per se, although that is a strong pretext. Rather, I think the responses of anger and hurt come from the same place as those feelings of anger and hurt that other such epithets, like ‘hotnot’ and ‘kaffer’, cause their targets. In other words, the offense is more about the slighting of identity itself, in a specific historical context of long-abused identity, than it is about the content of that identity. You are (still) being defined and represented by a world that has the power to define and represent you in whatever manner it sees fit, and there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s the function of power itself over the target that such an epithet calls up, recalls and maintains that rankles, rather than the specific variable that that function depends on – race, dietary habits, Muhammad.
- Complete article at Grondwerk
- See also: High Drama in the Johannesburg High Court| Muhammad Cartoon Furore: Zapiro Latest | The Mail & Guardian Apologises
- Don’t Mess with the President’s Head: Zapiro Annual 2009 by Zapiro
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