#PretoriaGirlsHigh nothing new!

2016-08-31 01:29

#PretoriaGirlsHigh reminded me of my own struggles as a person of color in South Africa. It reminds me that we have been quiet for too long. My own conclusion about the so called notion of looking neat and "clean hair" is that the struggle is not about the hair but the key underlying issue is about a certain white person who feels privileged to dictate how a black man should live his life. This is about a certain white man who wants a "white version" of blackness!

Black child we have been quiet for too long, we have compromised our values for the sake of wanting to fit in! it is enough now! This is the new South Africa and anyone who does not want to respect blackness can take a ship or a flight to wherever they please! This is a free country.

The results of what happens at #PretoriaGirlsHigh and many other schools in the country does not just end in high school. It breeds a generation of adults that go into corporate to oppress the black child, because kids learn what they see.

Four years ago I found myself in the same situation in the world of work, whereby it was mentioned in a meeting by my manager at the time that "from now on there will be no Xhosa speaking in this office".

And just like  the young girls at #PretoriaHigh I had to strike back as a young black professional and a young "Mbokodwana".  You see the one thing about white arrogance is that it cannot differentiate between right and wrong....

White arrogance is like an animal trapped in a human body! Even after I had raised my concerns around the "no Xhosa" at the office I was advised that speaking Xhosa in the presence of a person who does not understand it is rude! Realy! How is that so when Afrikaans speakers do it all the time?

This incident happened at an institution of higher learning that prides itself on transformation! I could not blame the institution for this because institutions are made up of individuals. My main question to this manager was "if Xhosa is such a rude language why does the emblem of the institution state in English The University of .....  And again states in Xhosa Idyunivesiti yase....."

is the institution not rude towards people who cannot read Xhosa?

If you are going to take on a black child in the new South Africa educate yourself and be prepared for a good fight for we will never allow what happened to our parents happen to us. And to you black child be confident in your own skin! Do not let a white person tell you how to be black! Do not allow them to impose standards and beliefs from the West.

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