PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
Bongani Mahlangu
 
Comments: 12
Article views: 868
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Bongani Mahlangu's badges.
 

Dear Aunty Ferial Haffajee

17 August 2012, 09:02

I've have read both articles painstakingly so and as a Black man, or maybe should say Black African as Aunty Ferial is also Black, I find both articles bearing some misguided content into a Black person's life and mind.

One of the major mistakes both authors, Lukhona Mnguni and Aunty Ferial Haffajee was to assume that all Blacks had the same opportunities to proceed and progress the way the 'Black Diamonds' (model C class) progressed from the late 70s to the 90s. As with any other racial divide, Black people come from different backgrounds. Many came from humble to poor beginnings and were raised by parents with unequal to inadequate educations. Change has come in the form of desegregation to many of the neighborhoods but has not yet been longstanding enough to have effected an entirely new generation of desegregated parents and children.

I will though spend time arguing the same notion and support Lukhona but at the same time not threaten my fellow White South Africans,

In 2009 Trey Farris submitted the following poem:
Black Man's Pain

tears shed in silence 
screams now null and void 
although many childhood horrors 
he often sought to avoid 
whipped into a mentality 
that degredation was good and fair 
living in poverty stricken environments 
for his daddy wasn't there 
can you really say you know him 
unless you've walked in his shoes 
how much more must the black man endure 
before he's paid his dues 
now through a spirit known as 'blackness' 
he rises where many have been slain 
for to understand the life of a black man 
you must first understand....a black man's pain. 


Aunty Ferial has mistakenly thought that Black Africans have forgiven the White people and unfortunately that is not entirely true, they just became tolerant. Your statement on ‘Our compatriots on the streets are targeting their resistance against those whom we elected to make our country better - our black-led government.’  Is not true and maybe you should do some thorough research into what does a Black man thick and who does he blame for his poverty stricken life. 

Aunty, do you really expect that every Black African person should have move up by themselves from the doldrums of Apartheid induced poverty? Do we have to blame the ANC again for all the pains of poverty? How about you head to the coal mines of Witbank passing Ogies and ask what they think of the White people? Or how about you go to Durban and secretively ask the sweating lady behind a Muslim shop, making samoosas how she fair she is treated by her boss and who she blames for her situation.

Aunty, you might Know what your circle of Black friend thinks but you might not know the deep thoughts of a scared Black man and your assumptions by placing those fortunate but few Black people as shinning examples does not paint the true picture. I ask you Aunty to do thorough investigation into the Black man’s mind and see the true story.

I close off with this Poem.
  
Hey Mr. White man- A Black man's revenge


You never look beyond my skin
Your eyes only fixated on my face
Disgusted at the scars I bear
The scars you created
Don't dare put a blame on me
My actions are only a reaction
A reverse reaction to your greedy actions.

My hands were made strong
My body toughened
I felt no pain anymore
I was trained as I pushed your drums,
Ploughed the soil as an oxen
Tilled the land, my land to gain strength

I need what is mine
I will take what is mine
I carry spears left behind
the spear of Biko
Tiro
Luthuli
Nyabela
Dingane
As I stab wounds
I am the worse imagination
I am a nightmare about to happen.
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.

 

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
12 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
maseratifittipaldi
Reply to the Nelson Mandela Found...

Yes, there is no question about it. We need radical change. Social justice. But what are the ills we see? What are the solutions?  Read more...

0 comments 506 views
Submitted by
Chili Nel
ANC Adieu

A clearly debilitated ANC is limping along to 16 December, hoping for a miracle cure; something that would heal the suppurating sores on it’s mangy coat and save it from decaying into oblivion. Read more...

0 comments 584 views
Submitted by
Sean Parker
Which car would you max on this r...

If given the opportunity to reach the top speed of any car on an airfield, which set of wheels would you choose to go blisteringly quick in a straight line? Read more...

0 comments 4703 views
Submitted by
MikeHampton
Third force behind The President'...

Politics is a knife that cuts into the Public every which way it can. Politics is the sociopath, the Public its willing victim. The Public needs to demand better instead of praising sensationalism, gossip and bias over logic and truth. Read more...

0 comments 2096 views
Submitted by
GakwiMashego
Palestinians have nothing to gain...

Palestinian political unity is the biggest threat to the occupation. And demanding that Hamas disarm is the biggest threat to the unity agreement between Palestinian factions. Read more...

0 comments 201 views
Submitted by
Robyn Boake
Once the pride of CT, the MyCiti ...

Up until recently it was a service that Capetonians were proud of, a service bragged about as an example of what could be achieved as a solution for the masses. But that all changed. Read more...

0 comments 1623 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

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.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 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.