We are all racial narcissists

2012-03-17 00:00

HOW asinine the poor gentleman seemed for seeking asylum because of the crime in South Africa. When I recalled my own experiences, his did not seem that bad. But in many ways he’s not so different from the rest of us.

All races seemto think they have it the worst and, like individual self-importance, that racial narcissism can make us less compassionate towards others. My contribution to thinking only my race suffers is asking why black people are the worst off everywhere in the world. It bothers me profusely because it results in many social ills. These pervade the black psyche until we hate what we see in the mirror and ill-treat each other. Self-hatredmakes us see things in away that keeps us losing. We are grossly materialistic but we’re not necessarily focused on big-picture wealth. It’s the symbols of wealth that attract us, for our hurt egos.

While somedictators getkilledby theUnited States government to save their citizens, black Americans couldn’t even be rescued from a hurricane in time, and generally live in the direst circumstances. Seemingly, to be safe you must have obvious wealth in your back yard. So, I talk of such developments to explain why we’re so proud in front of white people and reference a funny line by an angry Jay-Zwhen

he said: “I got pride, I’m a nigga first!” Of course, my white friend can’t use the N-word because it’s ours, but I digress. He says: “All men have pride, broer!’ We agree to disagree on who has more. Why do we blame each other though?

The world is run by politicians (and gangsters and nerds), so it’s themwe should blame. Politicians and their closest allies and sometimes enemies make the decisions and policies. They are always the minority of any population. For example, when apartheid was designed most white people were sound asleep at home getting ready to go to work the next day, after voting for a better life. Some benefited

and some fell through the cracks and remained or got poor like most blacks today. White South Africa has not comparatively been a large number to cater for, so their trick worked. What is important is that for all the benefits, which like you they were not going to turn down, they did not collectively create the black person’s plight or even know the details.

Understanding their side is not because I’m a coconut, but to stop us breaking one leg to heal another. There’s anger towards white people as black people struggle to recover from centuries of suffering, and white anger towards blacks as certain whites who could alleviate some of this black struggle start to

struggle themselves. Coloured and Indian South Africans at times feel left out.

We encourage racial hatred while surrounded by bodyguards or with passports in hand, obsessed with racial bickering and looking for short-cuts. Today’s an opportunity to build together,and a great start is acknowledging some truths and adapting to change together.

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