n Communicatio : South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research - Rhetoric and ethics : looking at the marks of our reading / speaking in society




This This article follows aspects of the current debate on racism as embodied in the AIDSHIV controversy. It discusses President Thabo Mbeki's AIDS letter to world leaders in terms of the religious reality it invokes and his reaction to opposition at home regarding his stance on the link between AIDS and HIV. His handling of opposition is analysed in terms of Emmanuel Levinas's concept of the Other and J Hillis Miller's concept of the law of the text. The article concludes that the debate on racism is still stifled by essentialist thinking on both sides of the racial spectrum, making it very difficult to transcend the situation.


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