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South Africans are Tweeting About All the Things #OscarWillBeOutBefore

Following the news of Oscar Pistorius' six-year prison sentence, South Africans take to Twitter to point out a few of the things #OscarWillBeOutBefore.

Photo illustration by Aaron Leaf.


If you haven’t already heard, disgraced Olympian and murderer Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years for shooting and killing Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Six years. FOR MURDER.

A lot can change in six years. But also, not that much.

In 2010 I was listening to Janelle Monáe. Ice Prince was well on his way to superstardom with "Oleku." Wizkid was already a superstar. Lupita Nyong'o starred in MTV's Shuga a year prior. We already knew Kanye as the friendly neighborhood crazy person. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing Around Your Neck was the talk of town. Willow Smith was the coolest nine-year-old in the world. Facebook had a big Blockbuster movie made about it. “Like a G6” and “TiK ToK” were annoying.

Remember when those came out? Yeah, me too. Because it was like yesterday.

In six years, Oscar Pistorius, a convicted murderer, will be a free man.

South Africans and non-South Africans alike are taking to Twitter today to point out a few of the things Pistorius may very well be out of prison before:

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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