INTERROGATING THE PROMISES OF DEMOCRACY

2016-05-12 08:02

Black people were made to believe that democracy was a destination.

And this appeared to have caught the imagination of the public. As a result, many started to draw up some glowing expectations of that destination. Until they were no longer able to distinguish between imagination and reality.

The latter helped them to draw a parallel between democracy and its promises. And it is then they discovered that, after twenty two years of democracy their expectations are just a distant hope.

It is worth noting too that, it is a promised land that is a destination. As we have seen with Moses when he leaded his people out of Egypt. But liberation in your own land is not a destination. It is only a systematic transition to democracy, that ensures fair and equal treatment of everyone in a country, and their right to take part in making decisions.

It is very important for black people to re-contextualize the definition of democracy, by reflecting to the reality. Because when they see that reality is not in line with their yesteryear's expectations of where they are today, they still believe they haven't reach that place. Democracy must not be a destination but an expectation. So that when reality hits back they don't allow themselves to be yoked by imagination, but understand that their expectations are not fulfilled.

It is very necessary that I bring forth a truth that, unfortunately some of you are allergic to. Just like everyone I'm driven by an intellectual curiosity to tell the truth. That is why I am here in the first place, to give back to our society. But how can I give back to a society that is still stuck in a classical notion of glorifying, white race as a perfect criteria of measuring greatness, intelligence, etc. Pigment does not project a person's ability. This shows a highly underdeveloped morale sense, that our society continue to embrace.

At least by now we were expecting that black people's lives would have been transformed to higher heights of development. But sad enough that's not the case. However, white folks expected them to move up with a rocket speed. And when they see that it's still in the morning for black people's development, they criticize them. Because white people are starting to experience harsher conditions, as compared to the past.

Forgetting that, you will never equally measure a person who is centuries ahead of you, in just a period of twenty two years. Especially when that twenty two years entails a highly questionable development.

In a same length, we blame our government for failing us. Some of the initiatives that have been implemented are not a viable mechanism of development, because they imported failures.

The only way black people can set their own parameters, is by comparing themselves to their ambitions. And the key for the doors of their ambitions is Pan Africanism. They must always keep an eye on their counterparts. Because it is through weighing your achievements with others that you will reflect your possession.

Socially we have been long dispersed. It is rare even to find a family of white people in black townships, but you will find many black families in white suburbs for the sake of being relevant. And it became a tradition for black people to define success as moving out from their townships to white suburbs.

What's wrong in urbanizing our townships. You will find that these black bourgeois don't want to give back to their townships, because they believe that they are no longer part of them. But in return they are the ones who are looting our townships of their valuables. When their attitude have assumed whiteness, you will no longer hear them talking about township poverty, unemployment and racism as they used to. However, they are equally blamed for the underdevelopment of our townships.

We need to assess a thorough introspection in the impacts of black-city-migration. How it affects the relation between rich blacks and poor blacks, and how it affects the township economic development.

The key family principle is that, when one suffers we all do. In that regards, as a family we ought to be directly affected by others suffering. But it seems like we have no heart to care for each other. As a family let us live together not as a distant family, but as a united family.

"O liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!" uttered Madam Roland. Indeed, what crimes are committed in the name of democracy? Clearly, the moral standard of our society has long decayed. The world is not getting any younger. Therefore, we need to find ways of confronting and punishing leadership crisis in our society. We need leaders who will lead by example not by extortion.

Reader, one thing you must know about me is that I am not here to convince you to love me, no. But all I'm asking from you is to look around and tell me if these things are not happening.

My heart bleeds love for all South Africans regardless of their skin color. Nobody hates you - It's all in your imagination.

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