Sisonke Msimang, The Guardian

Sisonke Msimang

The Guardian

Edmonds, WA, United States

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Past articles by Sisonke:

Help, I can’t tell if I’m being complimented or fetishized

People have dealt with being differet in many ways, but the key is to remember your own humanity. You aren’t someone else’s idea of you – you are you → Read More

I think my boss is racist. What should I do?

Being liked is fine, but for Sisonke Msimang, being treated fairly and compensated appropriately is far more important → Read More

Some temporary distance brought me and my daughter closer – and taught me that love is quietly joyful

I was too bound up in the administrative duties of motherhood to appreciate our shared time. It took distance to close the gap → Read More

Rising costs, insecure work and the stage-three tax cuts make Australia’s class system even starker

The sorts of long-term jobs we used to take for granted are now only available to a diminishing pool of established elites → Read More

My latest worry as a parent is headphones: they’ve become a tool in the generation wars in my house

I grew up listening to my parent’s music and learning the lessons that came with it. These days kids can tune out for hours on end and never run out of content → Read More

Do not pretend celebrity princess Meghan Markle can meaningfully advance the cause of racial justice

It’s difficult to criticise the politics of someone who has been on receiving end of so much racist vitriol, but there isn’t much substance to the Duchess → Read More

Australia needs mask mandates again – they’re based on science, not populism

We were told distancing, vaccines and masks would see us through the worst of the pandemic. That was true – and still is → Read More

We must not teach our children a ‘thanks for the land’ version of Australian history

Addressing racism begins with facts, not fables that make non-Indigenous people feel good → Read More

The Rebel Wilson uproar shows that gossip columns belong in a bygone era

Times have changed, and in a reversal of roles, the rich and famous are often seen as more relatable than the media writing about them → Read More

Will the hateful army who bullied Yassmin Abdel-Magied come after Australia’s diverse new parliamentarians?

Anyone unlucky enough to have the combination of confidence and ‘difference’ will be in for a rough ride → Read More

I’m excited by the teal independents – but where’s the racial and ethnic diversity?

No one can seriously think the only people who care about climate change are white → Read More

Australia, we need to talk about politics: history beckons at this election, and keeping your head down just won’t do

At this pivotal moment, Australia must learn something from my home country of South Africa: there are times you dare not be silent → Read More

Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins are supremely admirable, and the acceptable white faces of Australian feminism

Anger expressed by black women activists is seen as toxic, divisive and polarising → Read More

How Apartheid Endures

South Africa’s multiracial, left-wing government has failed to transform the apartheid economy. → Read More

Grief Is Another Word For Love – Guernica

Ultimately, we do not want to love only the dead. → Read More

Episode 8: Left behind in a global pandemic

During the pandemic, the federal government said we were ‘all in this together’ – but what about the refugees in Temporary? → Read More

Part 7: Does Australia’s asylum seeker policy actually work?

Back in 2013, the Australian government condemned 30,000 people seeking safety to mandatory detention and temporary protection, leaving thousands of people like Hani caught in the middle → Read More

Part 5: When the answer is no

Arman left Afghanistan as a teenager and has made a life for himself in Sydney, but now he faces an uncertain future → Read More

Part 1: How Australia put 30,000 people in limbo

In the first part of the Temporary podcast we meet Zaki, who fled a Taliban death warrant when he was a teenager to find somewhere safe. Instead, he found himself impounded in the politics of fear that Australian leaders have been stoking for decades → Read More

Introducing Temporary

The stories of people seeking asylum are supposed to end. But in Australia, people who arrive by boat are seldom able to finish their story. This new eight-part narrative podcast reveals the stories of refugees trapped in a cycle of uncertainty → Read More