“All movements go too far.”
British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 – 1970)
In my previous post I see that I fell hook, line and sinker for the proverbial red herring: the violence at the institutions of higher learning is starting to look suspiciously like something other than just a matter of free education and “decolonised spaces”.
A friend of mine who lectures at the University of the Witwatersrand sent me a link last night to an article by Max du Preez: http://m.news24.com/news24/Columnists/MaxduPreez/feesmustfall-no-longer-about-fees-20161011
He writes, “The “revolution” on our campuses is not primarily about university fees any longer. Nor is it about the “decolonisation” of the curricula. The subtext, the unspoken agenda, is beginning to look more and more like an effort to create a mini Arab Spring moment and to turn the entire post-1994 dispensation on its head. At the very least, what we’re seeing on our campuses reflect a deep anger and resentment with the status quo, way beyond fees.
“A cue that this is not about fees any longer is the extreme race rhetoric we have witnessed the last few weeks, unlike anything we have ever seen. The legitimate struggle against whiteness and white privilege is being overtaken by a populist assault on white citizens. Some days #FeesMustFall sounds more like #WhitesMustFall.”