PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Manny Obi-Wan Meyer
 
Comments: 8
Article views: 375
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Manny Obi-Wan Meyer's badges.
 

The African Dream II: No more jibba jabba

29 January 2014, 10:34

Before you even start reading this, I warn you that this article will take a slightly more combative tone than my usual outputs.

If you are sensitive soul, I suggest you switch over to an article about raising kittens or Justin Bieber's latest STD scare.

Otherwise, your incited rage might just cause you to choke on your breakfast burrito. (However, if you keep calm and read to the end, you will find a balanced viewpoint.)

Let me begin by saying that, as a 'coloured', I feel my cocktail of ancestry gives me a unique perspective.

A viewpoint that allows me to comment from a perch above scrutiny, as I am not swayed by either side and I can offer the objective opinion.

 Here go the first shots.

 The Europeans that came to these shores (and indeed, those of America and Australia) were, for the most part, not the cream of Europe.

They were the dejected and disenfranchised. The statue of liberty song that welcomed immigrants through Ellis island bears testimony to this fact.

The one that goes, "Give me your tired, your sick and your poor…", ring a bell?

Your white forefathers left Europe to seek a new beginning here (and those other mentioned frontier countries), free from oppression from the established European monarchies and elitist land owning families of the day.

They came here and with their superior technologies, were able to either drive out or appease the locals for land. This happened here, it happened to the native Indians of America, it happened to the Aborigines of Australia.

 Cleverly, they used these locals to amass local knowledge and as cheap labor.

They designed and guided the building of infrastructure and roads (using this cheap labor) we have today. They established trade with the rest of the world by selling local farm produce and later, the discovered underground resources and minerals.

This allowed them to become wealthy and deservedly so. Their combination of gambling, hard work and ingenuity paid off.

Their only problem was that they never allowed (up until generally the mid-20th century) these locals to thrive and learn and themselves prosper under these new conditions, which these locals had also helped to create. Ironically, creating here the same social inequities your forefathers ran away from in Europe.

We should understand this past, learn from it as to not make the same mistakes, yet not dwell in it and move forward.

Here goes the second shot, in the opposite direction.

Fast forward to the present. It has been decades of freedom and little progress has been made. Indeed, we seem to be moving backwards.

We are witnessing a resurgence of militant ideas against the west (See J. Malema, R. Mugabe etc.) when we should be doing some introspection.

Our leaders criticize the west and western ideas, all the while riding around in BMW's, talking on iPhones, wearing Armani suits and getting coffee from the local Starbucks.

The irony and hypocrisy of this seems to elude both them and their blinkered followers, who swallow up everything they say as though it is somehow the sweet, golden nectar of the gods.

These leaders spread grandiose ideas of impending riches to these following sheep, without clear and concise plans on how this will be achieved.

I was to come to a grand conclusion, a rally to both uplift and inspire, yet I am buckling under the weight of my own thoughts.

Do we, as Africans (and I include all races and creeds here), have the ability to fix things? To rise to the occasion? I think we do.

Until my sentiments are echoed by the general population and not seen as some sort of an attack, I'll keep my head down and do the Johnnie Walker thing. Keep walking.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Lucca Olivia Munnik
Why Race And Culture Shouldn't Be...

Throughout History, race has always been the issue. Certain racial groups have been dehumanised, degraded and discriminated, allowing them to believe they are inferior. Read more...

17 comments 657 views
Submitted by
Ace Socheeze
The 8th Annual Soweto Comedy Fest...

The popular annual Soweto Comedy Festival is back, this time bigger and better as it turns eight years. Read more...

1 comments 99 views
Submitted by
Adam Sibuyi
Julius Malema has sold the 1 mill...

We don't understand where this malema and his crew's behaviour are coming from. All this shows that there is no discipline in the EFF Central Command Team(CCT).  Read more...

20 comments 2585 views
Submitted by
Andrew Patterson
What happened to our Renaissance ...

I had the privilege of going to an all boy school steeped in culture and tradition; where respect was earned not just given. Read more...

4 comments 275 views
Submitted by
Niel Knoblauch
On SA: Unemployment & Our Hearts

After a year of not really thinking too much about it, the current state of South Africa has re-entered my thoughts this past weeks from a number of sources.  Read more...

1 comments 139 views
Submitted by
Jenelle Joanne Ramsami
'You all have the right to see it...

I suggest you need to put "SUBTITLES" for the deaf/hearingimpaired.  Read more...

19 comments 5404 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.