COLUMN: Racism is a lived experience

2017-01-12 06:01
 The writer Thembile Ndabeni.

The writer Thembile Ndabeni.

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The late reggae legend, Bob Marley, used to sing the song “Who Feels It Knows It”.

Those who never suffered racism will never understand racism more than the Blacks who went through the hell of it.

As much as Coloureds and Indians were also oppressed, that was not on the same level as Black people.

Coloureds enjoyed preferential treatment in the Cape, which, by all intents and purposes, was a privilege.

Therefore Trevor Noah doesn’t really know how it feels being called a K****r.

It was people from his mother’s side that were called with the K-word, and not him.

Therefore, to dictate to the victims of racism what needs to be done is not acceptable to Black people.

Coloureds are fellow Africans.

The Black people’s kindness is taken advantage of, and instead are regarded as being inferior and stupid.

There is a tendency for black people to be expected to accept their situation.

Noah is offering an insult to racism that rubs salt into the wounds of Blacks.

But the unfortunate part is that it’s not his wound but that of the others. Black people need to be cautious and vigilant.

The K-word is not only humiliating, degrading and insulting but says know your place.

In the past, the Blacks were at the bottom of the ladder.

Steve Bantu Biko said: “Racism is an attitude of mind”.

A black person has to prove himself against the norm.

Trevor cannot speak for Blacks who were and are still victims of racism. The worst is the defeatist solution he is presenting that black people must accept it and joke about their pain with those inflicting it to them. Racism is the order of the day in South Africa.

Why must racists be always victors of ill-treatment of black people, who must live in pain for the rest of their lives in the land of their birth and creation.

. Thembile Ndabeni is a freelance writer. He holds a Master’s degree in South African politics and political economy from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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