The Malan case is a powerful, meta-type example of how white violence can become victimhood and therefore worthy of protection and defence. The narrative around victimhood is that whiteness and, white people particularly, are the primary victims. We go to extremes to find redeeming factors to protect them.
It has been over 100 years since Du Bois first described the effects of white domination and supremacy on the black mind. He reflected on how it affects a “double consciousness” as a peculiar sensation. The sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity (Du Bois 1989). Ashanti Kunene, intern for the Sustained Dialogue Programme shares her thoughts on the intersections of oppression.