This episode of RHH is our third of a 3-part series on South Africa. I speak with Quinton Redcliffe, a skilled facilitator, trainer, and educator from Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in international education, intercultural communication and leadership training. He has dedicated his career to working to find common ground among diverse populations, from his days working to topple the apartheid regime in the South Africa of his youth, to helping people deal with and overcome the legacy of institutionalized racism in his country and all over the world. More recently Quinton has had the opportunity to expand his anti-racism work even further, following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in the United States. From that tragedy the demand for racial reconciliation grew, and Quinton has worked hard to fill that gap through his work.
In our conversation, Quinton talks about the explicit ways South Africa institutionalized racism. He highlights how apartheid dictated a person’s fate from the cradle to the grave — where one was born, where they were allowed to live, and even where they were buried were all influenced by race with all of this exclusion being written into law.
We also talk about the ways that the study of the system of apartheid can be used to learn how best to implement systems of resistance that include allyship, conflict resolution and knowledge exchange.
Quinton’s personal journey of resistance can help us to understand how to combat systems of oppression, both past and present
- Dr. O.
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