Jordan’s axe reveals his straw man tendency

2011-01-05 14:28

Instead of responding to the most salient feature of Dr Xolela Mangcu’s piece, Mr Pallo Jordan, in his article Black Intellectual Culture has Long History (City Press, January 3, 2010), chose to engage in political axe-grinding.

Indeed he effortlessly commits the “straw man fallacy”.

Central to Mangcu’s article is that the ANC-led government does very little to groom black academics – people who would de-racialise and de-colonialise knowledge production in this country.

Instead the ANC focuses on BEE deals and what not.What we need is the ANC to “flood our universities” (to borrow Jordan’s phrase) with black academics and black postgraduate students, regardless of political affiliations, and not with ANC publications as Jordan suggests.

As an aside, Jordan’s claim about how the ANC “out-negotiated the Nats” is unwarranted.

What’s the point of boasting about the ANC’s negotiating skills when many of our people are drowning in a sea of poverty? If the ANC really “out-negotiated the Nats”, what exactly compelled them to entrench the property clause in favour of the white minority?

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