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About New Frank Talk

New Frank Talk is a radical journal of critical essays about the black condition in post-94 South Africa. It is published by newspaper columnist and social commentator, Andile Mngxtima, who is preoccupied with contributing towards a revolutionary Black Consciousness. Volumes out so far include the popular, Blacks can’t be Racist and Why Biko would not Vote. With thousands of copies sold since the first issue was released in April 2009, New Frank Talk is one of the fastest growing titles in the country.

Summaries of New Frank Talk editions:
Why Biko would not Vote? by Andile Mngxitama

The essay looks at Steven Biko’s conception of liberation and argues that from this perspective, Biko would not have voted in the South African 2009 general elections as his idea of freedom is different to that of the ANC and other existing opposition parties. An analysis of Black Consciousness Movement political parties such as the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) is done, to show how they are just as conservative and anti-black as parties that represent white interests.

From Mbeki to Zuma: What is the Difference? by Andile Mngxitama
Mngxitama argues that there is very little ideologically different between former President Thabo Mbeki and the current president, Jacob Zuma even though local and international media often represent them as having fundamental differences. Mngxitama describes Zuma and Mbeki as, “Siamese twins linked together by the same political and ideological heart” who, through the “market fundamentalism” that binds them, serve the interests of the white minority at the expense of the black majority.

Blacks can’t be Racist by Andile Mngxitama
Here Mngxitama challenges ideas about blacks being capable of racism and argues instead that because of their position in an anti-black world, black people do not have the political power to be racist. He asks that we commit to a “conceptual fidelity” and note that racism refers specifically to the oppression of black people by whites. A distinction is also made between individual acts of racism and institutionalised racism.

Black Colonialists: the Root of Africa’s Trouble by Dr Chinweizu
Dr Chinweizu, a Nigerian scholar, looks at the black ruling class in Nigeria and the rest of Africa and shows how they have emulated white colonialists in their looting of Africa and its resources for the benefit of a few. Referring mostly to texts by Amilcar Cabral and Steve Biko, this interview with Chinweizu is a great introduction to and summary of radical black thought.

White Revolutionary as Missionary?: Contemporary Travels and Researches in Caffraria by Heinrich Böhmke.

Böhmke, a white activist who was a member of Umkhonto Wesizwe, the former ANC military wing, argues that the white Left is driven by the same civilising impulse that colonial missionaries had. Looking at diary entries made in the 1800s by a missionary and comparing them to contemporary politics, Böhmke concludes that the white revolutionary in black struggles only wishes to preserve white civilisation.

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