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Khoi San People Demand Recognition As South Africa’s First People, As They Should

They are demanding that their language be made an official language of SA.

Several South African publications report that a group of Khoi San activists were protesting outside Nasrec, where the leading party, African National Congress was hosting its national elective conference on Sunday. The activists had reportedly been camping outside the Union Buildings for two weeks.


They were there to demand that Khoi San be recognized as the first inhabitants of what is now South Africa. Khoi San people feel left out in South Africa, because really they are. Their language isn't listed under the 11 official languages of South Africa. But you'll find it on the South African coat of arms.

"The ANC is trying to convince the whole world that there are no more Khoi San people in South Africa," Chief Marble, president of the Khoi San Mass Movement, was quoted as saying by the Mail & Guardian. "I am not Nguni, I am not Afrikaans. I want to speak my language like everyone else."

IOL reports that Khoi San people want their language to be made an official language, and want the "land act" to be scraped as it prevents them from owning land.

The website quoted Khoi San Liberation and Mass Movement national coordinator Anthony Philip saying, "A government we all fought for very hard is disheartening and disappointing that in 24 years the ANC has not seen the way open to correct the injustice of the past. So we are here to tell them we want you to correct what is an injustice towards the indigenous first nation of this country."

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

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Madelyn Bonilla is dedicated to being the person she needed when she was growing up.

The former forensic science researcher-turned-advertising guru was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in the Bronx, New York - or, “where Hip-Hop was bred”, as the 36-year-old puts it. Growing up in a typically Latinx family, community, and neighborhood, Bonilla knew that there was so much more of herself to discover, as her interests in Black culture shaped a lot of her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started to allow herself to explore her identity as an AfroLatina woman. The first to do so in her family, Bonilla faced – and still faces – scrutiny and shaming from the Latinx community at large, but also from her own loved ones. Comments like, “Your hair looks messy” or, “Your hair’s not combed” when Bonilla first began rocking her natural curls truly mirrored the thoughts and opinions of those around her, too. Her experiences as an AfroLatina woman are the experiences so many face, as they try to get to the root of their own roots.

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