WHAT HAS BECOME OF RACISM IN OUR DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY

2016-04-05 18:55

Not so long ago, South Africa bade farewell to its horrible past and built a free inclusive society that is primarily constructed in the principles of human rights.

This, however, was to blunt and destroy the nature of racial exclusivity in our society, and disarm all paranoid suspicions about each other. To use a religious analogy, the holy temple of democracy tolerate neither inequality, nor discrimination. However, it promotes collective salvation with blessings of redemption and glory, to each and every color of our rainbow nation.

Despite this pluralistic mandate, racism is seen to prevail in our society. A fuming cloud of toxic hatred is seen to be escaping the arena of democracy. And the effects of this hatred are coming in to play. History is a shelve of memory, that reminds us of the catastrophic consequences of racism.

Haven't we learn our lesson?. Take a look around, and tell me, what's worth losing what we already have, in exchange of immorality. That contributes centrally to the division of our nation. It is disastrous to allow our democracy. . . to row across a rough sea with a broken rowboat.

Moreover, with our utmost energies, we continue inventing irrational poetic justifications of our problem. Instead of implementing rational solutions to our problem. Till when will we succeed avoiding the raging storm of racism, in our front yard.

Truly, the nakedness of discrimination is concealed by the bikini of democracy. Yes, indeed! Without it, it would have been left exposed and vulnerable. But, I must admit, it is already exposed.

Frederick Douglass warned that, "You and I and all of us had better wait and see what new form this monster will assume, in what new skin this old snake will come forth" (my emphasis). Today,  although this snake has already shed its skin. Limited research has been done on how to deal with the apparition of racism. That refuses to die completely.

To understand this type of apparition, one has to look at the factors that influences racial delusions of grandeur. Visible in the political landscape, social landscape and economic landscape. This apparition, desperately possess the mindset of other people. And, from time to time, this ghost racism manifests itself into a mentality of racial-hatred that enforces practical practices of that belief. To this far, the most dangerous form of prejudice is an invisible prejudice. Because, it blamelessly destroys the society. It haunts a society more than a visible prejudice.

However, conceptual framework where opinion answers opinion, continues to discover different patterns of racialism, that exists in the temple of our democracy. Therefore, this issue has polarized public opinion.

Defeating racism means: Creating platforms of debate, in order to talk about it. When we work together, towards the demise of this monster. It is then that the apparition of racism will manifestly fail to achieve its goal.

In the pre-history of democracy, the nation conveyed a collective sense of patriotism. That fueled perfect enthusiasm for national unity. However, as a result of a leadership crisis, poverty and gravitas questions of transformation, to name the few, the downward trajectory of democracy gave birth to a restless spirit of racism that rises beyond the rainbow of our nation.

Therefore, if our society is not doing enough in implementing ways to silence and punish the ascendance of this apparition, such a spirit is capable of reclaiming its human flesh and dictate a bloody future in our rainbow nation. And, by then, the ambitions of our democratic society will be divided.

Furthermore, racism is a sin prejudicial to the democracy's future. It is beyond just an addiction of hate, it is a constant offence to the democracy, that deserves nothing but harsh penalty. Reader, my intention here is not to cause you considerable discomfort, but to simply tell the truth. And, henceforth, I trust you'll find it necessary to echo my sentiments.

As an Afro-centric theorist, I wrote this piece to critique a classical notion of discrimination that seeks to re-establish itself in our society. This paper is devoted in blowing a whistle of awareness, to the existence of racism.

Democratic principles are enough to sustain Ubuntu. Without such, the rainbow of our nation is dimly lit. Therefore, our role as the catalysts of change, is to denounce racism by launching biting criticism against racism and its new forms. And be a proud nation.

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