The colour of money

2011-03-05 13:03

It would seem that the more successful black people become, the less they contribute to the socioeconomic emancipation of their own people. Prescribed education seems to lead to a toxic logic – get an education, amass material wealth, have a family and then fade into oblivion.

It is a sorry state that leads to the resentment of the black “elite” by the impoverished majority, who view this aloofness as a betrayal of sorts in the struggle for socioeconomic emancipation of the black populace.

So eager are the black “elite” to hoard (and squander) material wealth that they forget about, or trample on the heads of the downtrodden majority.

Racism (ideologically) is an iniquity that was instilled in most of the racial groups. It is an evil that needs to be thwarted whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head. Racialism (the outlook), on the other hand, is of a different nature.

This disposition is not a reflection of our evil past but ingrained – birds of a feather will always flock together.

That is why we will always have Jewish groups, Afrikaner groups, Indian groups and many other racial groups subtly operating in a quest to advance their agenda.

This, in most cases, takes the form of instilling moral values, prioritising education and ensuring job security, among other things, to protect their own interests.

It is unfortunate because almost like a perennial espionage mission, there seems to be a concerted effort to make sure that groups of this nature are stifled within the black community.

This is usually done by interest groups that are vocal in their resistance to issues pertaining to the upliftment of the black community – the same groups that delay progress by crying racism or reverse discrimination when action is taken to address the imbalances of the past.

What is baffling is that these very groups were empowered by and are still empowered by rather delicate “regstellende aksies”, as they were known in the heyday of the Broederbond (which was very successful, albeit insidious, in improving the life of the Afrikaner volk).

Today we have Solidarity, AfriForum, Helping Hand and many other interest groups continuing, unabashedly, to take care of their own.

It is bemusing that the very same interest groups continue the deceptive song of reverse discrimination, with people leaving the country as a result.

These are the same groups that remain mum when acts of racism and racialism are committed against the downtrodden majority – the Vakansie-Oord race row in Limpopo, the Annelie Botes and Steve Hofmeyr debacles, the Reitz saga, the Skierlik murder rampage, farm atrocities and slavery and other heinous deeds perpetrated on the subjugated majority.

This is further aggravated by the blinkered black “elite”, who can’t seem to comprehend the subtle distinction between racism and racialism. Isn’t reconciliation meant to be reciprocal?

The fact is that for black people to wriggle free from the grip of poverty, we need black interest groups that will not only evoke consciousness, but serve as a collective to address the need for a black business initiative.

While serving as a vehicle to drive the socioeconomic agenda, the black business initiative will go a long way towards repairing a family values system that has been eroded by joblessness, which entraps the black populace in servitude while their white counterparts serve apprenticeships and learnerships at enterprises within their circles.

It is unfortunate that the more educated we seem, the more dim-witted and naive we become.

No matter how sophisticated or glamorous we try to be, crime and many other social ills are the result of a decay in family values.

Decaying family values are a result of poverty, and poverty is a result of joblessness and meaninglessness.

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