Review: I Find That Offensive, by Claire Fox

“Wow unable to stop smiling because something so black, wonderful… just happened,” Oxford law student and Rhodes Must Fall co-founder Ntokozo Qwab wrote on Facebook last month. He’d been in a cafe with friends. The waitress – a white woman – came over with the bill. Instead of giving her a tip, they took the piece of paper and wrote: “We will give tip when you return the land.”

The waitress “sees the note and starts shaking”, he wrote. “She leaves us and bursts into typical white tears.”

On the face of it, the casual cruelty of Qwab’s story is odd. After all, anti-sexist, anti-racist movements like Rhodes Must Fall are constantly framed in the language of therapy: trigger warnings, safe spaces, the equation of emotional with physical harm. So why the harsh brutality of the language, the simmering hatred, the bullying? Why the blindness to any other form of disadvantage

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