Oh dear, here comes #IamStellenbosch

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The online world erupted on Friday when #IAmStellenbosch started trending on Twitter. It quickly earned the mockery of Twitter users who pointed out that having black friends or listening to rap music, *surprise surprise* didn’t mean jack when it came to racism, exclusion and historical prejudice. BENAZIR CASSIM rounds up.

First, Stellenbosch University had #WhereIsTheLove, which sought to unite its students under positive, good vibes. Apparently, it was created to counter the tiresome “negativity” surrounding the university after the documentary, Luister, a documentary highlighting the racial tensions between students and lecturers at Stellenbosch university, went viral online.

And now there is #IAmStellenbosch, started as a Facebook page and Youtube video, which claims it is a place for students to engage with each other, through discourse rather than dialogue (whatever that means).

http://www.facebook.com/iamstellenbosch

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Gepostet von I Am Stellenbosch am Donnerstag, 24. September 2015

On Wednesday, they posted photos of (mostly white) students holding placards on which they had written “a statement which can either break down a stereotype they feel they’ve been put into or just proclaim something about their identity”.

Sadly, most of these statements just enforced stereotypes and displayed ignorance.

A few black students also got called out for participating. Except some of them thought they were “non-white”.

 


And at least one student wrote something relatable:

What are your thoughts on the #IAmStellenbosch campaign? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us @thedailyvox.

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