LETTER: We must re-discover our story

2016-05-05 06:00

“We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves,”-Malcom X.

This quote has never been more relevant than it is today. We want to love other people without first learning to love ourselves.

We want to save humanity we are not part of, Colonialism(slavery) and Apartheid relegated us outside the boundaries of humanity. We cannot save humanity without saving our selves first. Until we understand that we are treated as sub-humans then we will improve the way we live, the way we view the world will also change.

When you have detached people from themselves then you can manipulate them according to your desires.

You cannot talk about self-hate without mentioning Black people. We are not born with self-hate, we are taught self hate by those in power, who perpetuate this anomaly foreign cultures and the distortion of our history.

We have been convinced that our history began with slavery. Our behaviour has to do with the lack of self-knowledge, and the only way to change our behaviour is by searching for knowledge of self.

Books that are helpful for one to gain knowledge of self are, Destruction of Black Civilization by Dr Chancellor Williams, Pre-colonial Africa by Dr Cheik Anta Diop, I Write What I Like by Steve Biko, these books can help you find yourself. There is no way you can oppress people who are in love with themselves, the only way to rule over people is by detaching themselves from themselves.

Sbusiso Wellem Makhaza

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