Black success is suspicious...

2013-06-27 15:47

I was at Mzoli's Place with a handful of friends a forthnight ago enjoying a Sunday at one of Cape Town's most famous hangout spots whether you're black, white, local or foreign. The meat queue was longer than an ATM's one on pensioner's day and I wondererd how patrons manage to have a conversation with all that raucous of music, cars and shouting going on.

While we were sitting in the tent waiting for our meat (you need patience I tell you) with the DJ thunderously doing his thing, one of the people across our table casually remarked, "do you know that the reason that Mzoli is so successful is because unenyoka?" It took all of my strength not to tackle him to the ground and go all Floyd Mayweather on him. But instead I decided to call him out on his narrow minded, defeatist and arrogant thinking.

I calmy asked him for proof to back up his claims and provide me with facts instead of misguided opinions of what he was saying(mind you we were not even on the same table) his response was "how can one man be so successful without help from certain forces?." I asked him if he thought this of white entreprenuers too? Suddenly he was silent and pretended like he did NOT understand my question.

His narrow mindedness revealed him to be one of those who believes that black people cannot achieve success through hardwork, persistence and determination. No. The always has to be something sinister lurking behind their wealth and rise into the business world.

Here you have men and women who were once denied basic human rights working their butts off to make something of themselves, intead of trying to emulate their business acumen, some people are busy concocting conspiracy theories about what's the "actual" reasons their success.

Are you that jealous of someone that you would resort to making up stories to undermine them or you basically saying that black people do not have the no how and the skills to become self sufficient economic free individuals? There is always admiration for people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Koos Bekker, Christo Wiese. Never have I once heard anyone accuse any of the above mentioned men of using "black magic" to get where they are today.

But as soon as a black man starts making waves in the business world, as soon as he starts living an opulent lifestyle, as soon as he starts flying via private plane, it must be something other than hardwork that got him there.

What's worse is that this level of unfounded and irrational suspicion is directed at black people by black people. Why is it that some of the same racial group that suffered tremendously under the hands of a colonialist oppressors treat those who are doing something to change their circumtances with such comtempt and prejidice? How deep must your jealousy run, to come up with this concept that a black person cannot be successful without help from “dark forces”?

Steve Biko was not only an advocate for equality among races but was the poster child of a black man who refused to believe himself inferior of any racial group . This kind of thinking not only betrays that but is dangerous and detrimental to black society and shows that some still associate success with white people and see black people as nothing more but a group who is NOT meant to climb the economic ladder.

People really need to rigorously do an introspection of their prejidices and unshackle the chains that seem to be binding their minds. Oppression was much more than a system designed to deny people of colour equal rights but it was a system aimed at entrenching the belief that Caucasians are superior beings than black people.

As a black person going around saying that a black man is successful because of human sacrifice, daily visits to a witch, voodoo or a devilish pet shows just how little respect you have for the black brothers and sisters. Hardwork, going the extra mile, dedication, persistence and talent is something that a lot of black people have and they harness it to achieve the great things that were once denied to them.

I am not saying all businessmen and women are honest hardworking individuals but accussing someone of using "voodoo" without evidence is simplistic, illogical and wrong. This reveals a blatant disregard of facts, critical thinking, sense and practicality. It is wrong to treat black success with suspicion and ridiculous unfounded beliefs and theories.

Black people are capable of great things too. So stop this mythical voodoo crap you keep attaching to their achievements and start doing something worthwhile with your time.

You can catch me on twitter @BongaDlulane

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