I dare anyone to tell me that apartheid wasn’t a successful project!
We have black people praising Pik Botha in 2021, right here in South Africa. Black people not giving a thought to the black lives that have been lost unnecessarily in the past week, just because they’re of a different tribe.
We have the nerve to joke about shack dwellers and accept the harassment of the poor by the army and police.
We have white and Indian vigilante groups masquerading as community policing forum members, when all they’re doing is keeping black people out of ‘their’ neighborhoods and shooting them like game animals. Their forefathers came into this continent carrying no piece of land.
If we don’t get that a system which is biased against us is not for us, then we’re bound to spend our lives trying to fit in, instead of building our own.
Just because nobody talks about how we lived before 1652, doesn’t mean that we didn’t have our own systems or that those systems were necessarily bad.
Living in harmony with nature, understanding the heavens and how they affect us, specializing in certain trades, preserving generational legacies, being self sustained and trading fairly among each other without greed polluting society.
We don’t have to go back to the way things were before those dreadful boats interrupted our way of life but we could build from the ground up our own economy and our own industries, instead of going hat in hand, begging for jobs with our (NFSAS owing) qualifications and getting into debt with our LV, Red Bottoms, Town house, German car lifestyles just so we could show people that we have made it.
Not everyone is an innovator, but guess what, you could partner with one. We have way too many economists, accountants, lawyers, etc. for us to still be employees. If we’re competent at our jobs, what’s going to change when we have our own businesses?
As we rebuild SA, let us be cognizant of the fact that black people are still poor and suffering out there. Regardless of our privileged positions, we cannot advance alone. Let’s reach out and pull others up and stop the tear her down nonsense.