Ntsiki Mazwai's Letter - my response

2015-01-08 22:00

As many of you may know, Ntsiki Mazwai - South African poet, wrote a letter to Black Africans urging them to stop acting like White people. She wrote a whole lot of stuff -- accusing Black Africans.

As true as some of her points may be, I think that she forgot the fact that WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT. People have different tastes - different preferences. What you like, I may not like and vice versa.

Yes, Black women wear weaves; Black Africans wear suits, and so on. I doubt very much that we do all of these things to look like White people. I think we do all of these things because we LIKE them. We prefer them to shaving our heads.

Black Africans used to wear animal skins back in the day. Right? That means Black Africans did not invent clothes. White people did. Does that mean we should now go back to wearing animal skins for us to prove that we are African? Should we go back to sleeping on the floor? Should we stop drinking Coca-Cola? Should we stop eating cereal in the mornings?

I do not believe that I should wear, speak or walk in a certain way to prove that I am a Black African. No, Mam!

The minute one expects people to look a certain way, is the minute one should realise that s/he is being a vain individual -- assuming to have a right to decide what is wrong, who is wrong, and so on! Also, assuming one as better than the rest.

Ntsiki Mazwai usually wears braids -- and people use fake hair to do braids. However, when she wrote that letter, making fun of our African sisters who wear weaves, she forgot that she also wears fake hair... or whatever!

Perhaps, Africans do not hate themselves as she insinuated. Perhaps, she hates Africans. I do not know. Whatever!


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