AUTHOR: Njabulo S Ndebele
PUBLISHER:
Mail & Guardian
DATE: 23 September 2009

DESCRIPTION: At the end of his recent Mail & Guardian article, “In the rainbow nation, colour and class still count”, David Smith recalls “a cynic whispering” in his ear that’s not easy to forget: “The whites are pretending it didn’t happen; the blacks are pretending to forgive.” As I thought further about this, I concluded that, in the light of the interracial events Smith recalls in his article, there may in fact be a positive value to pretence….

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