It's not about privilege, but power structures

2019-06-11 08:56
Premier Helen Zille and the ANC’s head of elections Fikile Mbalula were in the firing line. Photos by Peter Abrahams and Collen Mashaba

Premier Helen Zille and the ANC’s head of elections Fikile Mbalula were in the firing line. Photos by Peter Abrahams and Collen Mashaba

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Thank you, Helen Zille and Thuli Madonsela. It is wonderful to read thoughtful ideas and this provoked real thinking on my part.

I think one finds privilege in every part of society: schools, clubs, governments, among old people and children, but this is neither black nor white. It is in my view about power structures. It can be used by those in powerful positions or conferred on others (power being so interesting in and of itself).

So we lived in a country where whites had power privilege conferred on whites and where it was inexcusably written into law. Blacks were excluded. Now we live in a country where power is in the hands of blacks, predominantly. They wisely make no legal provision for black privilege (except BEE provisions?). However, we now have many politically privileged people who are black. Is this "black privilege"? I ponder on this.

Thuli's analogy of debt and interest is novel and I am in agreement. But why has the education system not started to turn things around - or maybe it has? I am truly delighted by the wonderful young black men and women I see on television. Brilliant and so articulate; the truly wise and wonderful leaders. Cyril Ramaphosa, Mogoeng Mogoeng, Kgalema Motlanthe, Thuli Madonsela, Bantu Holomisa, Raymond Zondo, Herman Mashaba and the lawyers we see are often so impressive.

The morning of Zille's article was uncanny. I had been thinking that morning about the problem of poverty; grappling with how the Afrikaners had changed the playing field. Poor whites abounded in the Afrikaans community in 1949 and they were systematically brought out of poverty. Of course it's education! Why is Angie Motshekga still education minister, I wonder? The portfolio needs a brilliant visionary to press forward. Not much has impressed in that space.

Please publish many more of Zille's articles. Where does she stand on the DA's disastrous moves of erecting finger pointing posters (political incorrectness in my opinion) and attacking free speech (political correctness prompted this, I fear). I've lost trust in my liberal democratic brothers, I am sad to say. Not in liberal democracy per se, I hasten to add.

Many thanks for your news.

I am not on Twitter so need you guys to fill in those gaps!


 

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