Zimitri Erasmus (2017) race otherwise : forging a new humanism for South Africa

Msimang, Phila Mfundo (2020)

CITATION: Msimang, Phila Mfundo. 2020. Review of the book Race otherwise : forging a new humanism for South Africa by Zimitri Erasmus. Transformation : Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, 104:160-167, doi:10.1353/trn.2020.0024.

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Race Otherwise is a contemporary exploration of race and identity in South Africa that attempts to provide us with a new form of humanism that may help us overcome or at least challenge and disrupt racialisation. This book is located in a local non-racialist tradition in which race is to be overcome or transcended through creative ways of reimagining ourselves and how we relate to one another. It locates the problem of race in the way we think about each other and ourselves. Given this attitudinal focus, the ultimate proposal of the book of how South Africa is to move forward is by engaging in what Erasmus views as a radical form of love. I explain how this book does not provide us with a viable framework of understanding race and neither does it give us any way of overcoming racial injustice.

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