This is not a response to an article written by Lukhona-Mnguni "Dear White People in South Africa".
Last week I saw the above mentioned article, and I went straight to the comments. I read the first comment by rick.kabose.His comment began like this: "In 1905 the population brakeup of RSA - 2 million Whites & mixed races
4 million Blacks". I was shocked as I have always known that the population size is 50 million; 40m Blacks, 4.5m Coloureds, 4.5m Whites and 1m Asians/Indians.
I immediately googled his statement and discovered on Wikipedia that there indeed were 3.5 million Blacks, 1 million Whites, 400 thousand Coloureds and 100 thousand Asians/Indians.
The first question that came to mind was, “how is it possible that Blacks were 4 million a hundred years ago and today are 10 times that number... Meanwhile the whites are only 4 times their size in 1905?”.
I asked my black friends and colleagues what they thought might have resulted in this. Some of the reasons given were:
- Blacks were uneducated and unlikely to take into account the costs of raising many children.
- Blacks have always been poor and the only possessions they took pride in, were their children.
- Black men had to travel far to work in farms, mines and as truck drivers, in the process made many children en route.
- There were no forms of contraceptives.
- We do not know the real numbers of Whites as 1million emigrated from South africa in 1994.
I am black. I was not there during apartheid. My parents never complain about the discrimination they may have experienced in their youth. So the only clear picture of apartheid I have is from the movie 'Sarafina', the apartheid museum and the stories from books.
I may come across as naive, ignorant and insensitive, but I am going to ask the second question anyway. How is it that we, blacks, have multiplied at such high rate over 100 years, from 3.5 million to 40 million, only to expect those who appear to have managed their family sizes to take care of us?
Yes the majority of whites have power, wealth, education and jobs which we do not have. But what right do we have to want their taxes to continue to pay for our houses, education and social grants meanwhile we bring so little to the table of taxes?
Can we not admit that it was a lack of accountability and responsibility on our side to procreate so heavily?
Can we not admit it because only then will we be conscious of our decisions regarding procreation. It is this mentality that has taught us the youth that it is absolutely acceptable to have a child once we complete Matric instead of pursuing our education further and finding stable employment so that we can take good care of our children.
I am not talking about the restrictions of apartheid that held us back from improving our economic status, I am talking about what we did wrong while we fought these restrictions because we still continue to do this one thing wrong.
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