Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Colour would count for nothing in a free Africa...

I am one of those who argue that we need to talk. Julius Malema, might be loathed by some, but, what I like about him is that, at least from him, we can hear what are being said behind closed doors. He is the babble mouth toddler who 'innocently' tells the world what daddy did or say last night, when it was dark. I think these toddlers know more then we give them credit for.

Anyway, it's no dark secret that the sentiment that black Africans, suffered more and deserve more runs deep. Xolela Mangcu speaks of 'racial nativism', i.e. 'the idea the true custodians of Africans are the natives. The natives are often defined as black Africans because they are indigenous to the country, and within that group the true natives are those who participated in the resistance struggle' (2008:2) He continues to explain this thinking, 'by dint of their authenticity, these natives have the right to silence white interlopers or black sell-outs'.

Mangcu, who hails from the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), however argues for what he calls 'racial syncretism', which, for him is congruent with the best traditions of Pan Africanist and Black Consciousness movements and which uphold the 'ideal of a non-racial democratic society in which all citizens are regarded as equal...'.

For Robert Sobukwe, Africans are 'those, of any colour, who accepts Africa as their home'. Benjamin Pogrund, writes of his experiences, as a white person, alongside Africanists. 'Amongst the Africanists there were certainly people who could be described as having intense animosity for whites.... But to dub all the Africanists or the movement (PAC) as anti-white was crude. Sobukwe, for example, was already a friend of mine, and our relationship was to grow a lot closer with the years. There was not a vestage of racial felling in him. he simply accepted people as people, both then and allways.'(2006: 101-102) In Sobukwe's response to an attack by liberal polititians that he was anti-white, he writes, 'We guarantee no minority rights because we are fighting precisely that group-exclusiveness which those who plead for minority rights would like to perpetuate...I have said it before, and I still say so now, that I see no reason why, in a free democratic Africa, a predominantly black electorate should not return a white man (sic) to parliament, for colour will count for nothing in a free Africa... (105-106)

I,think, for now, that settles it....(to be continued)

Xolela Mangcu. To the brink: The state of democracy in South Africa.
Benjamin Pogrund. How can a man die better: The life of Robert Sobukwe
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