Rhodes Stature: No longer at ease as things continued to “fall apart.”

2015-03-24 17:12

The wound of race issues steeped in our deeply divided violent past haunts South Africa precisely because South Africa imagined that it could get over its past through cheap sloganeering and the mere invocation of the feel-good grandstanding mantra of rainbow nation and through silence and willed forgetfulness—indeed, by playing the ostrich: Genuflecting to unexamined illogics; while recommending a dogmatic pretense to historical amnesia.

Feel good slogans and playing the ostrich will take us nowhere. And nowhere is where we are today.

Vital fundamental critical questions about our society were hushed off into silence and now like seeds are beginning to germinate and are gathering force growing like huge trees: the soon to be dragging down of the stature of Cecil John Rhodes (make no mistake it will be removed there is nothing to stop it, or else the dog and the baboon will dance) from the august position at the University of Cape Town is merely the beginning of these ghosts we buried alive.

Our mantra of rainbow nation was about murdering the truth and nothing else. We are coming to the reality that there was nothing whatsoever called transformation in South Africa. We wasted every opportunity for greatness.

There are still people, in our midst who believe that virtue and excellence  inherently resides in the DNA of their racial stock. The belief of racial superiority is deeply ingrained in the White psyche. Imprisoned and chained in the self-absorbed worship of their twisted minds they dismiss every voice raised against their hellish evils with soothing narratives. It borders on the neurotic. The cadaver stinks! Cadavers are meant to be buried!

We are already seeing horrible habits developing in society such as extracting human faeces from toilets and carrying that stink in buckets to throw at supposed racists, and these people are celebrated on radio and live television as if they are war heroes. Why is it so, because there is still hatred - there is still the bitterness - there is still racism. Throwing human stink to stinking racists is seen by some as answering to the aphorism of tit for tat. Stink is met with stink.

If South Africa is ever to have a chance at self-realization, then its enlightened citizens must strike alliances across racial and social lines. A critical core of citizens must begin to look beyond race and social considerations when faced with issues that make us to take principled positions.

As bleak as South Africa's social cohesion appears to me, I am stubborn in believing that the country has never lost its capacity for regeneration. Our racial stink exist side by side with countervailing glimmers of hope. There is the evidence that things are getting better – however slightly. The evidence is that the country is evolving. But – in the nature of evolutions – the changes are slow, often imperceptible, sometimes too negligible, and easy to miss.

Time is past due that we work together to lift South Africa up. Begin contemplating what to do with the burden your country has become. Apply your mind to help your country that has been scorched by the sun. It is a sign of bankruptcy to remain aloof, to remain stony silent or sit on the fence in matters deserving of clarity of position.

The time for hope, the time for belief, is now. Belief bring in resolve and positivity that banishes negativity and disillushment which are the major currency of most South Africans.

South Africa is our home. Let us now turn it into the great nation we know it can and should be. Where new green leaves can grow. And there is fresh palm-wine in a new carved calabash.

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