Maimane Got Racism Reduced

2016-01-20 04:48

What really is racism?

Racism is hateful domination of one race by another. It manifest itself openly or in manners mostly noticed only by the victims. It deprives humanity, takes away civil liberties enjoyed by another race. Racism regards one race less intelligent and seeks to make one race servants to the other often unpaid for or underpaid for. Racism can involve feelings, actions, thoughts and other ways.  It can be easy to see and it can also be hard to see. Because racism says one is superior to the other, the superior race grows powerful making laws and regulations segregating, undermining and subjugating the other.

Natural and un-natural systems are developed to make and keep the superior superior. In essence, once the superior has completed its task, the race regarded lowly is inherently regarded immoral, of immorality, untrustworthy, prone to all good books sins from corruption, thieving, dirt and disease.

In all this, humanity is stripped off and the lowly would rank below domestic pets and akin to donkeys or worse, backward monkeys who do not deserve to be seen human at all. There are often jokes that are written and told about the lowly races.

The African race has suffered the most from racism, Jews too although they have been largely invited back to the superior race. White Europeans and Arabs took African slaves for themselves in unprovoked racist acts of violence and oppression. This was followed by the brutality of invasions of African countries and later the occupation of Africa by various empires.

South Africa was not spared with recent history leading to apartheid ideology. Apartheid is thus a synonym for racism. It segregates in unequal ways whilst oppressing. One space becomes a prison whilst the other becomes heaven.

This is what racism is. It is not some ranting of an angry African youth saying stupid things.

No African country or nation has ever oppressed or dominated over another race. Even the hallucinating Idi Amin’s reign of terror that saw some Indian and European nationals brutalized was not based on racism but the salvagery of war.

Africans can be tribalistic, murderous, be hateful, course wars and massacres amongst each other but racism eludes them. Racism, for believers, requires deep acceptance that god the creator created lesser beings. For others it requires sustained cold heartedness from one generation to the next. No African holds these feelings about Whites or any other race.

In America, black children and youth are prisoned, killed, discriminated against after 150 years of the official end of slavery. Dr Martin Luther King Jnr’s famous “I have a dream” speech was delivered a century after slavery was abolished, but still here we are. America has its own form of BEE and EE laws yet there are still just two African American billionaires. This tells of a system that is hard to crack and our lessons are to be ever vigilant and refuse the watering down of any of redress laws. The “We support redress, but” must be fought hard whenever it manifest.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane went to the Apartheid Museum this week to deliver a speech on racism that has engulfed the country and mostly his political party. Rent a crowd reports aside, Maimane in his speech once again revealed gimmick politicking from the venue chosen to the clapping crowds. They clapped even when he exalted the armed struggle trial ANC’s Mkhonto WeSizwe Rivonia Trialists. Such is ideological confusion.

The speech was mostly a collection of stolen tweets from various twitter accounts with just one acknowledged. Maimane quoted Ms Thulisile Madonsela in reducing and passing the racism blame to African victims too by saying Africans are also racist.

In all our history, no African group has ever been racist against whites or any other race in South Africa. African Kings and traditional chiefs welcomed the Europeans and carved out good fertile land for them to graze their animals. These leased carvings were later used as staging ground to attack the hospitable Africans.

There has never been systematic hatred of any race reported against Africans. To start saying Africans are racist is reductionism, cold lack of empathy and an insult to the victims of racism, colonialism, slavery and apartheid.

Saying Africans are also racist seeks to delegitimize victims of the crimes against humanity, the African humanity.

It does not matter how embarrassed the perpetrators are or how guilty they feel. To elevate their shame to equal the trauma they have caused Africans is not only insensitive but criminal denialism. There is one victim of racism in South Africa, that victim is African, Coloured and Indian. The perpetrator is White. The one beneficiary is White.

The claim that Africans can be racist seeks to limit redress laws and programs, it seeks to say business ownership redress laws must be shared in such a way that it becomes meaningless crumbs by 45 million blacks. It serves to make blacks confused and fight amongst each other, divide them whilst ruling over them. Laws like BEE are for those who are business inclined, those who wish to participate in business ownership. There are other laws like EE and others that cover other sectors of society.

It is not just systematic redress that is just but reparations too. Blacks are owed racism reparations by Whites and these are due and payable and can be afforded.

It is indeed not possible for Maimane to understand racism, he can’t. He is not able to say White people have been racist and continue to be after all, its not Ruth First he dwells with. Maimane has a deep racial empathy gap wherein he doesn’t see African pain the same way he sees White pain. One is more important to him.

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