Do you still have the mind of a slave

2009-12-08 11:09


THE moralistic condemnations that follow each

episode of negrophobia – mistakenly named xenophobia – needs to make way for


All the explanations to date have failed to answer the key

question: Why the orgy of violence for so little when there is so much to fight


A related question is: Why are only black

“foreigners” targeted? What we see is in fact the outcome of the creation of the

black as a subjugated non-being by the long period of racist colonisation.


350 years of white domination have reduced blacks to the status of sub-humans

who wallow in deep darkness and have lost a sense of the self.

As Steve Biko said: “The white system has

produced throughout the world a number of people who are not aware that they too

are people”.

The fundamental problem is the “unpeopleness” of black South

Africans, from the black squatter up to the politicians.

Blacks are the creation of whites. Modern Africa is a creation of

whites. In the specific case of South Africa the creation of the black is

associated with land dispossession, Christianisation and turning Africans into

mere ­workers.

Cecil John Rhodes, one of the brutal colonialists, made it clear

back then that blacks couldn’t be allowed to own land and cows ­because “in the

future nine-tenths of them will have to spend their lives in daily labour” –

basically working for whites.

This is an important issue to consider because we take it for

granted that to work in order to live is a natural state of affairs.

The truth

is we were made workers after being violently dispossessed of our land and black


What the above shows is that you can make people into what you want

them to be over time. Blacks have forgotten that they own this country, its land

and wealth. T

hey have accepted their position as workers, hence most of the

so-called xenophobic ­attacks have been directed at those who are perceived to

be stealing our jobs.

What is even more troubling is that the jobs we are

prepared to kill for are the worst-paid jobs. The people of De Doorns are

expelling Zimbabweans so that they can have seasonal farm jobs. This is slave


These same people have never taken any meaningful action to demand

land for themselves or to share in the local economy, which is owned by whites.

The problem is we have accepted a “workers consciousness” not a black

consciousness, which would be a repudiation of the worker identity, an identity

of subjugation.

Those who know have tried to understand how consciousness is

formed. If we say blacks have over time accepted their position of inferiority

that means they can’t think out of this reality.

Karl Marx has argued that “life determines consciousness”. If this

is true then we have a part explanation for what seems to be the irrational

behaviour of black against black for nothing.

Your circumstances determine who you are. The sense of inferiority

is not just a psychological state. It is produced and reinforced by the material


That is why whites are never amakwerekwere. They are employment

creators and investors. They give us life. How could we not think of them as


Let’s take a crude analogy. Hunting dogs catch prey for their owner

and then enter into dog fights over the bones thrown to them by the lazy owner.

The dogs never revolt against the owner.

Luckily for humans our minds can be aroused to higher consciousness

and we can begin to ask questions of our conditions, what Biko has called Black


Without this consciousness it doesn’t help even if you have the

vote and declare yourself liberated – your mind is still that of a slave.


thinking remains that of a happy hunting dog. To live you fight for bones!

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