Dorothy Driver reviews 'Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home' by Sisonke Msimang

The name Sisonke Msimang may be familiar because of her reported claim in 2015 that Australia was ‘more racist’ than South Africa was during the apartheid era. What she in fact criticised were Australians’ failure to deal adequately with racial difference. Their recourse, she claimed, is to treat historical and present-day practices and manifestations of racism with ‘fake kindness’ rather than ‘honesty’, promoting a monoculturalism that obliterates, for example, deep-seated differences regarding land ownership and the land.

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Published in August 2018, no. 403

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