In a black community any person who can express themselves in English is the alpha dog, your level of education comes second to consideration. In as much as the country continues to try to balance the difference between the lifestyles of black people and white people, there will always be silent oppression.Silent oppression exists in the form of students from white universities getting preference in employment, incomparison to me from the University of Limpopo.
The country might have gained independence but we are still prisoners of the colonialist ideology.Does langauage really define IQ and should we continue to rate a person's level of literacy by their ability to express themself in the dominant form?We acknowledge that we have 11 official languages, and that we are a rainbow nation, but do we really embrace diversity in the workforce?
In my previous article VICTIMS OF A POWER STRUGGLE, I had people who were quick to comment on my spelling and question whether I passed matric, that alone is evidence that I am not good enough because to certain people my English is bad.But then again what about the points I made? because I am a black girl from a University for the "underprivilegded" as they say, who am I to have an opinion worth acknowledging.
It is amazing how we talk about oppression like it is not there, but it still exists just in a subtle form.If a white person where to write an article in my language of Siswati, we would have so many people comment on how amazing that is irrespective of grammatical errors.
We speak of reaching out to the historically disadvantaged, but honestly is it because these companies care about historically disadvantaged people, or is it just so they can claim to be contributing. So that they maintain a good corporate image with their external publics as well as the government.
I understand that as a country we are more focused on being globally competitive, but if no one wants an employee from a black university, why even encourage the underpriviledged to go beyond matric.No matter how hard we try to bridge the gap between black South Africans from the rural remote parts, and white South Africans from the urban parts, we will remain marginalized.
We will be marginalized on the grounds of not being fluent in English, and not having gained admission to Wits or University of Pretoria or a private school.So we can get our stamp of approval that says proudly transformed from black disaster to white civilization.
I do not blame those who still have a colonailist ideology but I blame the goverment that is failing the black population with it's not so impressive education department.I command all the graduates who had no access to the internet or computer in their foundation phase of eduaction, but managed to learn to express themselves in English.Taught themselves how to read and write in English by reading anything they could come across that was written in English.
But my question remains, in a rainbow nation how many whites are fleunt and can read and write in an African language, how many white teachers do we have in black schools.And where are the white students of the University of Limpopo turfloop campus.
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