On In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser I tackle all the uncomfortable topics that dominate public debate. With my reputation for fearless debate as a former World Masters Debate Champ, and a background in law and philosophy, you can expect debates on everything from whether or not it is racist for a non-black person to quote the N-word, to questions of how to tackle inequality, whether people are responsible for unconscious biases, the ethics of refusing to be vaccinated, the status of animals, debating books, and much more! The crucial differentiator of this podcast series compared to others is that it is fearless in its debate orientation, and no topic is off bounds! However, my motto is: "You are entitled to be treated with dignity .... but NOT to have your worldview affirmed!" So come with well-considered reasons for your viewpoints when you get YOUR chance to come on the platform to In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser
Episode 114 - OUTRAGE ABOUT RAPE MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION. HERE'S WHAT WE MIGHT DO
Based on an essay I recently wrote ( https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/opinion-and-analysis/2022-08-02-eusebius-mckaiser-outrage-about-rape-must-be-accompanied-by-action-heres-what-we-might-do/?device=feature_phone ) about rape culture, in response to the gang-rapes that had happened in Krugersdorp here in South Africa, I narrate the content of my essay. It focused on several aspects of our responses to incidents of rape when they are reported: a) an inappropriate grading of rape and murder, as if some rape stories are more "rage-worthy" than others - I explain why this is problematic ; b) the callous response of our minister of police, Bheki Cele, who implied that one woman was "lucky" to be raped by one man rather than by more than one man- I offer analysis of why this is problematic c) the proposal of chemical castration that has been raised by some in the ANC is a tempting "solution" to rape but won't work, and I explain in detail why it will not work.
I end the podcast with a reflection on the hard work required to deal with the deeper social structures and factors that sustain a culture that licences rape.
Episode 113 - Happy Birthday James Baldwin: here's why we love this cool cat (still)
Brilliant historian Vashna Jagarnath is back!! We have decided to show James Baldwin lots of love in August, with three or four podcast episodes dedicated to the life & times of Baldwin.
If you secretly don't know anything about Baldwin but have been too embarrassed to say so, we will bring you up to speed, and you'll know what the fuss is about. Hopefully it will inspire you to read him, and seek out audio and visual materials featuring him too. There is plenty of primary sources and even more secondary materials and scholarship ABOUT this genius.
If you're already a Baldwin fanatic, you'll know that part of his excellence is that his work remains relevant across time and space, and therefore revisiting him is never a bad idea.
In this first episode we narrate his basic biography, locate him ideologically, and begin to introduce you to major themes in his work with more particular focus on racism.
Dig in & enjoy!
Episode 112 - Stellenbosch University vs Theuns du Toit: Lawfare retards antiracism project
Theuns du Toit was found guilty of violating various clauses of Stellenbosch University's disciplinary code for students and amended residence rules. The findings were deemed sufficiently serious to justify expulsion.
Is Theuns du Toit a drunk who lacked control of his bodily functions and urinated on a fellow student’s property? Or is he a white student who intentionally urinated on a black student’s property, motivated by racial superiority? The answers, yet to be settled with finality in various appeal forums, will either reduce Du Toit’s shame or mark him as a racist, haunting him for decades.
In this epsiode of In The Ring, I share my analysis based on an article I had written for TimesLIVE ( https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times-daily/opinion-and-analysis/2022-07-27-stellenbosch-university-vs-theuns-du-toit-lawfare-retards-antiracism-project/ )
Episode111 - MBEKI DELIVERS A SCATHING CRITIQUE OF RAMAPHOSA AND OF THE ANC. HE'S RIGHT.
I know many of you will be shocked that I agree with SOMETHING said by former president Thabo Mbeki. But an ad hominem response to his speech at the memorial service held in honour of the late ANC leader Jessie Duarte would not be useful.
In this episode of In The Ring, I tell you what Mbeki said about Ramaphosa, explain why I agree and tell you the irresistible conclusion that follows from all this.
Have a listen!
Episode 110 - PLEASE can we introduce you to Ida B Wells?
Ida B Wells was a brilliant anti-colonialist activist, journalist, writer, teacher and a leader within the human rights movement of her time. Born on 16 July 1862, she grew up during a time when the legal end of slavery did not translate into an anti-racist United States of America. Lynchings, for example, which is a dominant theme of her work, was one mechanism used by white supremacists to continue instilling fear within Black people, and to continue social and economic oppression through that economy of fear.
In this episode of In The Ring, brilliant historian Vashna Jagarnath is back. She narrates the life and times of Ida B Wells, in a manner that is truly compelling, and which I know will inspire you to do more reading and research of your own, beyond this podcast.
It is a fitting follow-up on our recent podcast epsiode - episode 104 - with Vashna, which had focused on the story of Juneteenth ( https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/episode-104-slavery-the-cosmpolitan-history/id1561851417?i=1000567120352 ).
We have to fight the silencing of Black voices, and popularise the stories of Black thinkers and important- and ordinary - historical figures. This is part of our commitment to epistemic justice.
It is in that spirit that I hope you enjoy every minute of this conversation which moves across time and space, drawing links constantly between the life and times of Ida B Wells, and contemporary struggles of our own, which can draw on and learn from those of yesteryear.
Episode 109 - WAS BHEKI CELE SIMPLY DRUNK ON POWER? CAN *THAT* OUTBURST BE MADE SENSE OF AT ALL?
Police minister Bheki Cele shouted at some guy called Ian Cameron (from an outfit called Action Society) at a community safety event in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
It is one of the most horrendous acts of public bullying from a politician I have seen. In this edition of In The Ring With Eusebius McKaiser I analyse the issues: what might have triggered the minister's response? Is there any explanation for his shouting? How should we (properly) characterise it? Are there factors that should make us soften our judgement of the minister? What, too, of Cameron? Ought he to have engaged the minister, in turn, differently to how he in fact did? Or not?
These are just some of the issues I explore.
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