We are not an ayoba nation

2011-03-19 13:33

It was with a deep sense of shock and disappointment that I forced myself to finish reading Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya’s column (City Press, March 6).

Moya has managed to separate power from the racism equation, and has reduced racism to prejudice and discrimination.

His article suggests that black people have been enslaved, murdered, deceived, humiliated just because they are dark, have short curly hair and different beliefs, and speak a different language.

According to Moya, European racism was not about legitimising access to African resources or cheap labour; it’s simply about how we look.

Of course black people can be prejudiced, but Moya ignores the predicament faced by black people in the food chain.

He falls short of suggesting that we end racism by smothering white people with non-confrontational love.

What is an anti-racist consciousness and how will it benefit black people?

Moya says because black people understand the history of white racism, we must become the bulwark against racism. So we mustn’t deal with the propagators of racism, we must deal with ourselves.

Recently, there has been a sustained push to confuse the public into thinking that black people are oppressing everyone else.

There’s author Annelie Botes, who doesn’t like black people, there’s the black Northcliff High School teacher accused of racism against a black student, there’s Jimmy Manyi, Kuli Roberts and Blade Nzimande.

Our opinion-makers are overtly creating the impression that whites, Indians and coloureds are being abused by darkies.

How has the situation of black people changed anywhere in the world?

Our great-grandparents were dependent on whites for food, jobs and shelter.

Why is it that Moya sees black people as the ones with the problem? It’s like asking a family whose house was broken into, who were robbed and beaten, to now live with the robbers as the head of the household.

Could that family really be content?

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