We are a strange bunch, we Blacks.

“We go to their crèches, we go to their restaurants to eat their food, we read their books, we wear their hair, we love their languages, we read their bible and pray to their god. These people aren’t entirely wrong to feel and act superior. We make them superior!”

These are the words of an old man to me this morning. He was getting out of his car, telling me he’s been listening to a racism debate on radio.

He didn’t end there. He wondered why Blacks would offer to defend a white man, let alone a white pastor, who believes they – Blacks, are inferior. “Do they not have an entire anti-Black establishment to defend them?”

Basically, Blacks are not without blame where their own oppression is concerned.

Why, he asked, are these non-white spokespersons and defenders of whiteness not even saying a word when the ZCC is under attack, for instance?

We hate ourselves, I thought to myself.

They have read JK Rowling and John Grisham and Danielle Steel. Great writers, perhaps, but do they even bother to read Es’kia Mphahlele or Wally Serote or Sol Plaatje? No. Why not?

We hate ourselves.

The Black parents who took their kid to that racist crèche in Centurion left many crèches where they come from. Maybe standards in township crèches are low, but why do we not support them and be involved so that they become centres of excellence that we can be proud of?

Self-hate.

Almost every Black kid knows Justin Bieber, not Tutu Puoane.

We know Obama and Putin and Cameron, but not dos Santos, Khama, or Kenyatta.

We read much about Brexit and the EU, but know nothing about SADC or Ecowas, for instance.

Go ahead and name more examples. There are many.

But when a lodge owner believes Blacks are not equal to whites, and that he will as a result not accommodate them at his establishment, we throw our hands in the air.

When a crèche teaches racial segregation favouring whites, we are amazed.

When a pastor who allegedly told his congregation that whites are wealthier because they work harder than other races, we complain.

But what are we doing in these places in the first place? Do we not have churches in our townships? What’s wrong with those churches? Which God are they worshipping, and why is the one worshipped in Sandton better, more attractive?

Self-hate.

I personally do not hold it against whites when they behave like this. They have for decades and decades never seen Blacks as anything beyond an object useful only in advancing their own superiority, their privilege.

But why do Black people like white things so much? Why do Black people leave their own geographic spaces when they consider crèches, churches, schools, doctors, bakeries, etc.?

Self-hate. Inferiority complex.

If we don’t have crèches and bakeries and hair salons and stuff, why do we not show whites and their superiority complex the middle finger and start these things in our own spaces so that the need to go to them is eliminated?

When, Black people, are we going to stop loving where we are demonstrably hated?

And when some among us speak of the return of land from those who stole it, saying land return should be our single-minded, foremost socio-economic determination, Blacks among us say we must stop living in the past, that we must instead reach out and live peacefully with our white counterparts. At such times, these Blacks who speak for whites somehow miraculously forget that these are the same whites who call us kaffirs and monkeys and stuff, the very ones who lead a life of luxury while we are trapped in unending squalor.

We are a strange bunch, we Blacks. Very strange.

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183 thoughts on “We are a strange bunch, we Blacks.

  1. Ok that’s all true… So how do we attack it here on… How do we nationalize our people.. let’s start by changing one township at a time…

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    1. If South Africans wants to survive, and become a prosperous and proud country, ALL of us will have to stand together and work together to create a prosperous future for everybody. All negativity must stop. Murders must stop. Burning of schools must stop. The government should create at least 25 million jobs. All pensioners who receive a pension should be allocated a job according to his abillities in the town where they stay. Old age pensioners excluded. That alone shoul be more than 15 million people helping to make SA a better place, instead of getting money for free. We have power shortages. Why build a Medupi and Kusile power stations??? Why not build 10 power stations. SA have lots of iron ore. Why close Iscor Pretoria?? Why not build 10 more steel steel factories???? Why were the alluvial diamond fields closed just before 1994??? Why not reopen all alluvial diamond fields which alone should create at least 100 000 jobs. Why not build factories for all our raw materials where we manufacture everything we need and for exporting. Why import?????? Export products made here and not our raw minerals. The list goes on and on. The question is WHY????? Whith democracy since 1994 , it was thought that as a nation who are going to work together, with apartheid gone, SA are going to be one of the most prosperous countrys in the world. The problem i think is that our leaders dont think. Our leaders are only thinking about themselves. We need leaders who can lead a nation to prosperity. Not run a built up country into the ground. Zimbabwe is a very good example. Because of leaders in Africa who cant lead, a very large number of their population is running to other countrys and by that putting a burden on other countrys. We dont need more workers. We have got enough people to do the job. About 5 million jobs are taken by Zimbabweans in SA. 5 Million more jobless South Africans. Another question is food security?? Who gives the food security to SA. Its farmers. Who feeds everybody in the country??? The farmers.??? Who is going to feed everybody if the farmers are gone. Why does the government not buy all available farms and get more farmers to farm on it. Help them and keep your thumb on them. Dont let them destroy everything but keep controol and build up the farms to be successfull businesses. The only way SA is going to survive is when we appoint leaders who can lead and who have brains because the leaders we have looks like the have got empty shells on their heads. And the next thing then is for us all to work together.

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      1. This is racism in reverse. Before you start pointing fingers at other nationals look at your family first. Is it a family you are proud of. Do not go very far. You are saying 5 million jobs are taken by Zimbabweans. Did they smash and grab those jobs? How many black South Africans are working in London? How many black South Africans are working in Dubai, where competition is cut throat. They can’t make it there. But we are talking about globalisation. And you are talking localisation. Zimbabweans are globalised people. They adapt and learn fast. Are you blaming them for being globalised. How many Russians are in South Africa? We have done the research. Not even one South African raises a finger about it. We call them investors. The Guptas came and saw the opportunity and they capitalised on it and made billions right in front of our noses. Now that they (Guptas) are billionaires we cry no that is not fair. Let’s get real in the real world. We do not measure up. We are not there yet. We are not global players by any global standards. Sorry but that is the truth. Sometimes it hurts.

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    2. No its not true, many black people are poor and under skilled, so we going to claim back the land and do what with it? The machinery to work the Land cost a lot of money,where will we get that money from? If the whites leave the country they will leave with their money people need to understand that the country need more than 25 years to recover from Apartheid progress takes time maybe in a hundred years time from now that is when we will see the difference and people like these are not helping. I ‘m sure the person who wrote this has a job and a home, but has he sponsored a child who has lost parents from AIDS? I don’t mean few Rands donating,I mean for life? We have loads of these children in our communities they are not hard to find.Doe’s he knock on his neighbours door and ask if they need help? The answer is no, that is where the togetherness starts. So before he can tell me or any black person that we are a strange bunch he should show us what has he done to earn the right to say that.

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  2. Maybe if thus article was in black language it would be more meaningful. How many blacks got this? those who went to a white creche?

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      1. What you expressing is very educational and important for one to understand. If a Black man opens up a restaurant less people will support and if our white counter part do the same everyone will be in the man’s support. Another example the way we as blacks value each other way less than we value the white man. If a white man is found of fraud, or not providing basic services in the townships, the community will complain only but if a black man do the same thing, the community will complain, toyi toyi, kill people, loot other people’s bussisnesses and burn our basic infrastructures that they will need at the end of the day.

        We need to do an introspection and I density problems also implement change.

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    1. The emphasis should not be on the language that should or could have been used but rather on the message. The very black people who have conformed are the self same kids that went to a white creche. They are the individuals who have become mentally colonized and ironically most of them wouldn’t have bothered to read it if it was in their native tongue. Some can’t and the saddest thing is they are proud of it. Speaking one’s native African language is now associated with low levels of education, ignorance and stupidity. An amazing relevant article.

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    2. Maybe it would but them to who? The select few who can read his home language and the rest of us would have missed on an opportunity to do some introspection.

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  3. Sad but true. Most white folks businesses are funded by these big companies which are mostly owned by white folks. Our ANC government might be ruling but they don’t have money. The wealth of SA is still in the hands of white folks. I believe it’s not about hating ourselves but knowing who we are and doing what is best. Truly speaking we are trying, we just need to learn to support each and embrace each other’s ideas. Support support support black empowerment. Aluta continua

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    1. Ntombi… Yes that is true. But with all the new BEEE / AA etc. polices black people have all the opportunity to move forward and grow in the business world. But still all the problems is blamed on the white businesses and white supremacy by some groups. Why not taking advantage of all the (reversed racist?) policies that benefit black people? Maybe playing the race card and blame game is just the easy way out for some people to lazy to work and take the opportunities they get. Be your own people, be your own culture and take hold of your own future. Why are you guys always comparing yourself to white people? Be yourself and take what you are willing to work for. I know it is hard to believe, but most white people have worked very, very hard to achieve what they have. Same as with the black population, there are very poor whites and some very rich whites, that is just how the world works…

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    2. Do you realize that South Africa is the country with the 5 most malls in the world. Go to malls and see how many shops are owned by blacks. Someone is living with their head in the ground. Go to Midrand and sèewho lives in those estates. Somone is living in denyal.

      Black people cling on to bee and that is going to breed weak black bussiness intrepenears. Read what black bussiness owners who realize it has to say if they have to compete globally. They then realize they have been conned by a few who benefit locally only and cant compete internationally.

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    3. The ANC has no money LOLOLOLOL for days. White business funded by these “other white corporates” ah please show me to their door I could use some of that money! The businesses that I know are all “funded” by little capital and very hard work out of a small room from home. Ignorance is just sad.

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  4. Wait and see, another one is coming soon. It never changed and it will stay the same. Onother insult to blacks is simmering, watch the space, the lid will lift and it will come out. As if I’m anticipating good, it’s coming soon. It’s a matter of what will be said now. Toys will be thrown out of the court again, and yet onother one and another one. Yesteryear, at a golf course in sandton, a man was brutally beaten for protesting about the use of the “K” word towards staff members by a guest. Who remembers? Truth is a black man’s situation never changed, we fought for freedom and got a negotiated deal packaged as democracy with rainbow as a logo. Where is the rainbow 🌈? The only thing that was created is a black middle class and a few super rich who abandoned their own people and moved to suburbs to return the money where they got it from. That’s it. We are so self destructive in our progress.

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    1. That’s so true, burning down school, our transport, warcities and for what? SO THE WHITES can pay again. We are self centered and do add value to anything why??? Because we DIDN’T PAY FOR ANYTHING. …… Time for us to wake up.

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      1. I think you said what most people think. I am white and over 40. Thus, way before 1994 I was part of apartheid. I grew to love so many black people and strive to have a personal relationship with certsin black people that mean the world to me. Going back to your own townships, churhes, schools etc… isn’t that creating apartheid all over again? Why can’t we all just get along? Why do some of us get blamed for being racist if truly we are not? I wish we could see into each other’s hearts… see the love or the hate. Believe me if I say, whites are hateful to other whites too.. I think it would be approriate to say the human race is a strange bunch. I do work hard for what I have. But so does the domestic worker who cleaned my house. She is a diamond. I helped her to get a better job and better herself. She loves me and I love her. I visit her at home in the township and she visits me as she no longer works for me but for a company that I introduced her to. She got an oppertunity because she proved herself as a decent human being. Decent people care about each other. Destroying buildings or property to prove a point and do without afterwards and then blame others all over again for the lack of a college or whatever, is not justified in my opinion. Some people take away from themself. That is what I do not understand. So sad.

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  5. okay, white flag up – what can I as a white person do to make a difference? I wasnt alive during apartheid to choose the ‘black only’ bathrooms and in such way show that I’m not the same as the older white generation. I am crazy about the black culture, I appreciate the richness and depth and beauty and heritage in it. The more I’ve read recent blogs, the more it seems to look like the movement among my black friends is to celebrate the black culture in a very exclusive way, where there is no place for whites anymore. And maybe it hurts me a bit. Which leaves me with my initial question – what is the role for me to play? How and where do I fit in? I’ve had enough meaningful friendship with dear black friends to know I can’t do white only friends anymore. It’s bland. I yearn for cross cultural friendships in intermixed lives… Thoughts?

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    1. Amen brother, that’s a good zebra flag that you put up, I think diversity, NOT imposed but nurtured on a personal level is the only way we’re getting out of this mess that’s caused by apartheid etc, engrained and propagated by actions today.

      The land issue is a complex one as both have a emotional connection to it, but think in all fairness then the land should go to the original owners that were driven from it, most notably the Khoisan

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  6. We Blacks are divided amongst ourselves& each tribe& clan wants to super-impose their selves over others; You Have Xhosas& Zulus, you have Hutus& Tutsis. The problem is deeper than how one may size up!

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  7. Let’s be the change we want to see in this beautiful country. Personally, My toddler goes to a very mixed creche where the kids all eat together – on blankets on the floor because when the table isn’t big enough. We buy vegetables from the black lady on the main road whose farm is on a claimed stretch of council land next to the N7 because supermarkets don’t need the support. That doos in Sodwana can keep his shitty guesthouse for his cave dwelling patrons. Yes, it’s difficult opening a nice establishment in a safe area without financial or socio-economic backing and the government IS NOT going to help anybody outside it’s immediate circle of members. The radios still won’t play the amount of varied local content just as television won’t diversify under Hlaudi’s cloud… So let’s be the change. SAfrocentric for life, yoh!

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  8. I have noticed that blacks in this country vent their anger on wrong things,like they take action on toilets ,service delivery etc but when they are called monkeys and whatever ugly derogatory name they protest through the radio or newspapers.why are you afraid of facing these racist coz once people starting doing that the lesser these racist .
    This country is yours don’t let this writer demarcates where you are supposed to stay or go.we are in Africa if they don’t want to see black faces they should relocate to Europe.Don’t apologise for having a desire to stay in posh suburb again I say its your country.
    The bible is not for whites ,do your due diligence before confusing people.The Israelis are not white ,so lets not rope in God in fights that can be solved here.
    Let those that have got ears to hear.

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  9. While this is all well & good, & I am all for the narrative that we as black people of this country we need to take back our buying power & trade amongst ourselves & leave people who hate us be. There is a flip side to this argument & I feel in the long term may be problematic….leaving them to their own churches, crèches, restaurants & malls is exactly what the white man of this country wants! hell you hardly ever see them in townships or any predominantly black establishment, because they are just not all abt that life of integration & will never be. so we will playing into what they want , racial segregation & giving them the luxury to continue living out their racists existence separate from us in OUR OWN BACK YARD. something I feel is tantamount to having ur enemy owning & living in a portion of ur house & doing as he pleases. So while I am all for black economic empowerment by fellow blacks….the thought of this coming at the expense of other people continuing a peacefully racist existence side by side is really irks me…,.i fell while they (whites) need to be made to tow the line where racism is concerned, they do not get to have their own exclusive spaces in this dispensation on this land.

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    1. Have you ever thought that whites do not feel safe in the townships. They are constantly under threat and there are so many rapes, robberies, murders across the colour line. Blacks do not have that fear. Address this and there are many whites who would gladly do their shopping in the townships because it is, I believe from my black friends, much cheaper.

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  10. The fact that this article is about ” them ” doesn’t make things any better.
    ” Their Bible.. ” is a good book because it doesn’t promote hate but love and I believe there’s a lot we can learn from that book.
    The book of Proverbs speak on wisdom, I think it sums up what life is all about.
    If you read , you know by now that you must not judge a book by its cover! Cliché??? Read the Bible first then criticise.
    I’m not a black man who defend white men, I’m a black man who’s on facts and reality. The media is a tool to brainwash the weak-willed, black or white and YOU decide what you want your brain to take in.
    Meanwhile books are a source of education, from creche, ” from scratch “.
    Let us help one another in education.

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  11. Well we are in their world now, they brought us into it so we should not feel guilty. We were not given the opportunity to progress on our own and we can’t go back. As much as we’re black we grew up in a white world and by the time we’re conscious of what’s going on it’s almost too late to try and develop an identity within theirs. Just live your life, don’t feel guilty cause you think it’s theirs. It’s ours. All races and not just black and white.

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  12. That’s not a complete analysis of this situation. Those crèches in Centurion are ours too. So are those churches and those lodges. They are ours in that they are here, in Africa. We are not confined and should not be restricted to the townships and locations that colonialism packed us in. Those spaces were forced on us, and is in them and we, in time, have appropriated them and owned them. But make no mistake, that is not the complete black experience. We have every right, in this democratic land to redefine and evolve our black identity as we please. Because also, blackness is not a monolithic experience. If Sandton or Centurion is part of that experience, no man must stand in our way and if they do, they will be called out.

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  13. So I’m one of those whites (yes I got lost). You claim you hate yourselves, but reading this I can feel your hatred for me too. Which is sad given that I and many who share my skin colour do not hate black people. You’ll find that hard to believe no doubt, but it is true. Regardless there is one thing I’d like to point out. If you hate yourselves and you hate white people then really you just hate everyone. How can you ever find peace if your worldview is based on hate? I would suggest that both peace and progress can be found in love- learning to love yourselves, each other and yes, white people too. Imagine that. A world where you dont have to hate anyone.

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  14. Being black is being one from whom no single being has anything to learn from, but all beings to steal from, Sadrick Lottering.

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  15. If an AFRICAN in AFRICA cannot go to certain establishments because they are white people’s establishments; then I’m sorry but the self hating one here is the one that agrees with that status quo. Our job instead should be to penetrate those white spaces in our masses until our presence is felt and until the hater decides to accept us or move to a place where we don’t exist in large numbers (Europe). Why must you think you are unworthy of eating at a certain place in or attending a well resourced school? The apartheid government invested money in keeping those former model c schools well resourced; and in the same way the current government’s job should be to invest in resources for township schools if we want equal opportunities for our children; instead they are investing in other things. We can’t even compare black owned eating establishments with white owned ones because we can’t even access funding to run proper establishment. Government should be taking reparations and taking those winelands back if they wanted to level the playing field; the same way the apartheid government gave whites funding & land. Truth is the current government wants to keep a significant number of people dysfunctional, poor and non-thinking coz that way they get votes. The minute you wake up and see that they should have given you economic freedom too in 1994 you’re gonna be a problematic black; so why would they improve your schooling and help you learn how to think?? It serves the interest of the government and whites for blacks to have an inferior education with inferior resources; and for people not to be business owners but instead depend on RDPs and grants. If YOU and the government think that we should let white ‘spaces’ be; let whites keep their winelands, and creches and restaurants; and we must not go to there coz it’s a ‘white space’; then sadly YOU will be a prisoner in YOUR OWN country.

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  16. The same reason that this article was not written in a any of the black languages, is the same approach that every African has towards this issue, you should have written the article in Zulu and i would have not read anything because i don’t know Zulu i know Sesotho and English as a medium of communication out of Sesotho! if you want to impact the world you will have to have English otherwise you will hire an interpreter to walk with you worldwide otherwise you will reach just a few fellows! Africa is a very big continent, so many Languages, there should be a medium to connect all of them, its too late to try to leave English and fight over any medium that will be raised! no Zulu will ever agree to Sesotho being used as a medium to connect all africans, No nigerian will agree to Zulu being the medium of Africa, that should have been done back when the continent was created and we can’t be blamed and blackmailed for mistakes of our long dead ancestors, if it did not cross their mind to come up with a language that would be a medium for all africans to learn and communicate, or a medium in all spheres of life of how africans should live differently from what other continents are living so as to own our culture, we wouldn’t bother with English and western life because not all of us land out of Africa, some are born and die in this continent. But if you go to Nigeria today, you bag should have English packed in your bags as well

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  17. You may be right but the truth is that a black foreigner is more comfortable to relate with the white than a fellow black brother in SA who calls him names, discriminate against him, loot his shop during protests and don’t think twice to terminate his life just to show his hatred towards a fellow black brother who migrated to improve his his life. It’s very sickening and disgusting to see the extent of hatred from black brother towards his fellow black brother.

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  18. The truth behind this piece of writing is thought provoking and as far as writing it in another language ….come on guys lets stop acting like black people are unable to read and knowing how to communicate in english has never made you intelligent but it means your multi lingual..

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  19. This is not a colour thing it is a cultural thing i grew up in south africa but spent a good portion of my adult life in other african countries. South african blacks see somthing good and think it should be given it or as the artical said will go to santon or wherever to use that crech or whatever a biger part of European and black population of places like botswana will see somthing good and put the efort in to build one for themselves. It is not a race thing i have seen the same mentality in some white groups aswell. The comon denomenator is thoes that put the efort in to build things themselves become prosperous and thoes that use others or just want handouts don’t. South africa is a land of opertunity for thoes that are willing to learn and put in the efort to build their own future. We need more entrepreneurs ive seem small carwash businesses built from a bucket and cloth on the side of the road to an awning with a generator high presure cleaner vacumes ect in less than a year not because of government grants investors or handouts but by ppl investing there own earnings back into their business and building it. South africans seem to whant instant success but life dosent work that way. One of my favorite quotes is ” entrepreneurship is living/working like most people won’t for a few years so that you can live like most people can’t for the rest of your life. “

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  20. We need each other for this beautiful country to progress,in life there will always be challenges but let’s move forward in building our democratic government-its only tiny things that we look at like that one of African child being segregated and that sodwana guest house-those can’t deter us,let’s move forward to a peaceful South Africa-AWB,conservative party,National party deminished,so let’s not be in hurry this symptoms will vanish.

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  21. Not saying things are prefect, there’s some bad s**t going down in this country and much of it based on race.
    I don’t identify with the values of the whites described above and pissed that I should be lumped with them regardless.
    Frankly, racism and reverse racism are two sides of the same card, we’ve all got to define a new…

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  22. I read the blogg, it is very simplistic in its view concerning the problem of racism and what it terms as our complexes as black people (i.e., inferiority and self hate or poor self-actualization). Firstly, not all white people are racists or superiorists’. Just the other day I learnt that 2 white ladies here in PE were in MK. Remember what Mandela said? We should not forget that SA has already overcome systematic racism (we’ve a democratically elected gov (black), laws, constitution, legislatures), but spade work still needs to done to achieve social and economic equality, reversal/removal of racist attitudes, prejudice and ideology. I should choose where I live, take my kids to school, etc…it doesn’t mean I hate myself if I don’t use a township school, I agree with him that as black people we need to do more to uplift our communities and each other, and in many ways people are doing it, but we need to increase the consciousness to do more but also for people that have we give businesses to give us quality goods and services. A culture change is needed in the way we do business, both in terms of support but also in terms of value in return.

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    1. You hit the nail on the head. What has been a common theme in the responses is that the majority of us want the same thing and with a decently positive vibe echoing in here. It’s clear that the media doesn’t speak for all us and that sensationalist bullshit has been rammed down our throats for too long. I look forward to us all having a drink together.

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  23. Don’t worry. The latest statistics show that the ‘white’ population fell by 70,000-odd in the last few years while all other population groups grew. Also, don’t let the fact that Census 2011 revealed that so-called ‘Indians’ are the biggest earners in South Africa, followed by those ‘whites’ who selfishly hoard all their money and refuse to integrate, transform or simply “fuck off back to Europe” as a taxi driver said, supremely confident in his birthright and African-ness that he felt so empowered to deprive me of mine. For the record, government IS the biggest buyer of goods and services in South Africa. It’s the nation’s biggest customer. And it doesn’t buy from me, employ me, or employ my children, because, well, we’re ‘white’ you see and therefore don’t *really* belong. As our government says “Africans in general, and black Africans in particular.” Or Julius, emboldened enough to tell me I shouldn’t own land in my own country. The fact is that ‘white’ people are not one homogenous mass – the English speakers and Afrikaans speakers do not share a common language, culture, history, religion or even tastes; we are as different as the French and Germans, the Congolese and the Sotho, yet somehow we’ve landed up being boxed in as ‘whites’. So, as I said, keep on keeping on – eventually there won’t be a white population worth worrying about because the young will have left to go where they are wanted, the old will have died off, and the ones getting old will either stay at home or live in Spain. Numerically insignificant, I wonder what this beloved country will find to obsess about then?

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    1. Cameron Webb, although I don’t agree with the writer,I simple want to say this to u, your people have so much while my people have nothing!u know the story so don’t u dare say anything about moaning because your people started the game of moaning when they decided to devide the country based on coulor, its our turn to say things as we see them so don’t u dare.

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      1. Actually…. Webb is a British name and in the Anglo Boer Wars the Blacks fought alongside the brits to eradicate the Boers. But it’s all about how you see it isn’t it? Yet you don’t see how it’s your own black government that is screwing us all right now? You seem very upset. Would you like to talk about it?

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        1. It is that shit education that was given to black people to keep them at the bottom of all mankind, so don’t complain about the black gorvenment just admirer the ingenious of a white man.

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          1. I agree with you completely about the flawed education system. Public schooling is a gamble. The history we were taught is one sided. As for the maths that the blacks were denied under the bantu education act… I haven’t had to figure out the cos of a parralelogram ever in my adult life, but I have had to learn to prepare soil and figure out why my garden crops were failing. But all my Black Eastern Cape friends can outgrow me because they were taught how to plant while I was being taught how measure a circle!

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          2. You really can’t see the irony of this? The education you speak of was imported by the colonialists. Over the years, mission schools provided much of the education of the leaders of the liberation movements – including the University of Fort Hare. It was only the National Party and their policies that implemented Bantu education in the 50’s and 60’s but by the time of the 70’s and 80’s this education had definitely improved – although admittedly not equal to the facilities and resources of that spent on ‘white’ ‘coloured’ and ‘indian’ children. FACT: this government closed down the teacher training colleges, it has allowed SADTU to dominate and politicise the classroom – and notwithstanding the fact that more is spent in education than anything else in the national budget, OUR children are failing. Pass one pass all? Jesus. A pass rate of 35% equips you for what? It says you don’t know 70% of your work! Would you allow a doctor to operate on you that only knew 35% of his skill? Instead of striving for excellence, we try to find the lowest possible common denominator – and in the process, celebrate mediocrity instead of rewarding excellence. SA is sliding down almost every global ranking and is bottom of the list in Science and Mathematics. Go and read up on ex-colonies like Singapore or Malaysia. Read up on China – or even on Zimbabwe. All of these nations have the same history as us yet their education systems and the quality of same leaves us standing in the dust. Find a solution to our problems and out it out there instead of grumbling and pointing fingers at a past that, evil or not, you can do nothing about to change it. Kenjalo nje – so start looking forward FFS.

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            1. Unfortunately the south African government is from those broken society that were created and am sure he didn’t get any excellent education now that we are talking of excellence, and I don’t see what is wrong to say teachers should have a degree like is happening now. My nephew got a B from metric but he didn’t qualified to do his first year for teachers training at university cos there was some subjects that he didn’t passed we’ll instead his doing foundation this year so what is wrong with making sure that people who teach has a degree? the ANC government is only been in power for 25 years u can’t compare it with all those country that u’d mentioned thank you very much.

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      2. “Your” people and “my” people? What country are we living in? “My” people are South Africans. “My” country is South Africa. “My” citizenship is exactly the same as “your” citizenship; “my” rights are exactly the same as “your” rights. One would imagine that as South Africans, we’d be keen to shake off the labels of the past; we would realise that the seeds of our greatness as a nation and as a people lie in the mutual interdependence and beneficial symbiosis of “my” people and “your” people. I strongly resent being labelled and categorised according to the colour of my skin – and because it was done in the past PLEASE explain what makes it right now? Is this about “turning the tables”? Is this democratic constitutional South Africa about equality under law with freedoms for all – or is it about bitterness, hatred and revenge against ALL “white” people? The “white community” is a mythical construct – there is no such thing. A community speaks the same language, shares the same history, culture and values, follows the same religion and even socialises together. As an English speaking South African (my father was a Scots immigrant and my mother an English speaker of Afrikaans descent) I don’t braai too well, brandy and coke is not my drink, the Dutch Reformed Church is not my religion, and I don’t listen to Boeremusiek or even alternative Afrikaans rock in the same way as I don’t do the chesa nyama, attend my neighbour’s funeral (or marriage), or listen to Kwaito (although I have a marginal affinity for deep house). The point I’m making is this: we are all different, our experiences are very different from the superficial stereotypes of the “other” – and we all need each other if this nation is going to live up to the promise and potential it is capable of. There is good everywhere – and good people with good intentions across all the artificial lines of racial classification. There is a high road and there is a low road – I know which one I’m on and I refuse to walk another, because in “my” opinion (as an INDIVIDUAL) it is the only way to progress. I could of course just bugger off to Europe, but when I arrive at their borders, they tell me I must go “back to Africa where I come from”. Funny that it takes a European to recognise my birthright but a compatriot to deny it.

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        1. U were supposed to say all that from the first place, instead of saying people r Moaning while they still live hand to mouth while u having steak for breakfast like your greatest who once run south africa wanted u to many years later.

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          1. With respect, why must I write or opine what you would like to see? Steak for breakfast? Nah – I like my granola – helps me to get rid of all the internal crap instead of letting it build up to the point where it poisons my thinking. You know nothing about me, about my personal life. But let me share it and share it publicly. My father died when I was six. My mother, brother, sister and me were put out on the street when our house was sold by the bank because my mother didnt earn enough to pay the bond. We were put into a Methodist children’s home, while my mother turned to prostitution to live. In my childhood, I was emotionally deprived by the ‘carers’ and sexually abused by other children at the home and by the ‘kind’ people who we were sent to for holidays. My brother ran away so often they put him in a place of ‘safety’ – and then in a reformatory. I left SA when I was 18 because I refused to join the SADF for compulsory military service, preferring to live homeless and hungry on the streets of London than serve in the Afrikaner army. So when you talk about “your” people, “our” people and how tough life is, my response is to vomit. The ONLY advantage I have is that English is my mother tongue; and that the good Lord blessed me with intelligence. This is MY individual story – but I have never allowed my circumstances to hold me back. And perhaps this is the point the writer of this original piece was getting at – it is only YOU that stops yourself from being the best that you can be (no matter what that is) so bloody well make it happen. There’s no-one else to blame but you – anything else is just a convenient and miserable excuse.

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  24. Most of the world richest countries speaks English,so how do u expect we should communicate with the world if we can’t speak the language that is spoken around the world? Be sides, there are far too many different languages and different tribes so which tribe’s language would we choose? Even if white people were not in Africa we will still fight among ourselves Zumas gorvement is the example of that. There are busy fighting among themselves instead of putting the country first until they stop that nonsense that they are doing that Zuma and that Malema the Rand is just gonna keep loosing VALUE and there were no white people in Zimbabwe when Mugabe turned on his fellow Zimbabwean, so in the 21 century I think black people have a right to choose where they send their children to study or they go to church and going to church is part of socializing which is important for communities.

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  25. Great analysis of what is happening or all the challenges our country is facing, but when are going to stop writing great complaints and start having action plans and next steps to counter these. I recall few lines from Slikour’s song “blackz are fools” that caused a serious uproar some years ago but I still feel it was profetic “blacks are indeed fools”. And before you judge my comment please take time to read the lyrics again no speed reading. How many of us are successful through BEE and some through honest hard work. But with that being said we want to flesh our sucess on brands that are imperial and attend events like Durban July which basically a white man thinking to milk us more. I believe it is time we stop sobbing, complaining and having a pity party, but that we come up with plans that we get these brothers start funding us to have our own schools which will provide our kids with premier education. We should start holding back our power to buy and use it strategically in progress a black child that they stop thinking that after completing their 4 to 7 years education they need to go and work for someone or go into politics to be famous or BEE to get a tender. I am more inclined to concepts that will start teaching a black child the principles of black consciousness not within a political framework but to show how great a black child is. That we do not have to flesh a Ferarri to be recognized, but be measured on how many other black children we have uplifted to have the same if not better success than us. I will be so happy if I start seeing us not being angry when we are told that they do accommodate blacks not to loose focus on the bigger price…but where we say we did not really need to use your place anyway we supporting Bro Zakes’s B&B. That we become as efficient in using social media to benefit this huge agenda that we still need to drive. I would like to see Robert Gumede not splashing money at ANC to win elections for his empire to grow but see him revamping schools and creating centers of excellence in those schools by hiring great leaders that are leading white businesses successfully to manage those investments and creating accountability. I would like to see our ministers stopping to think that going to the Durban July in style is status but them knowing that they can invest their time in getting Alex, Diepsloot, Gugs etc functional and worthy to live in as more key. That we stop complaining about Zuma’s inefficiencies but mobilize to get him out in the next local elections but not through fighting but through the power we have as a collective. I am yet to see us as blacks not thinking we will only survive these challenges we facing through protests and complaining, we need to start serious movements and not political parties that needs to reclaim the pride of a black child through engagements, power of wealth that some of us have and the fact that we are majority in SA.

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    1. U are deviding the country, talking about a black child. It is color that created apartheid from the first place and you keep taking us back there with all this mentioning of color, whites this,blacks that, when we want to move forward as South africans. The strange one is you and color has nothing to do with it and stop involving every black person by saying” we blacks”

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  26. Conversations such as these highlight why greats like Biko and Sobukwe were suppressed in this country. … even ‘our government ‘ will not promote men such as these because then they would expose their own nakedness…. that is why we laud people like Mandela, whose contribution, though significant, has also contributed largely to the current impasse… If we still look at the world through black and white, then, sadly, we still have a long way to go… waiting for someone to affirm you is an acknowledgement thar you recognise and identoy with your inferiority. ….

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  27. I don’t think this article is about colour or race for me it’s how we black people don’t appreciate , support each other and what makes it worse it’s us raising our kids still under their shadow. We think less of our self. We are superior as any other race.

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    1. Most black people are poor they are living from hand to mouth, they are struggling on daily basis,so where will they get time to appreciate one other? The working age of South Africa should put their heads down and work hard because we are the first generation that had witnessed democracy in our country but that doesn’t mean we should be Millionaires without working hard and this article about” us black we are a strange bunch”! Is holds us back when we have to catch up with the world.It serves no purpose what’s so ever.

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  28. I am first and foremost a South African. And then second a white South African. I was born in 1992 and grew up in the Northern Cape. I grew up alongside people who spoke Afrikaans, English and Setswana. I also have friends who speak all these languages. I wish Apartheid never existed and that it didn’t hurt and effect so many people and left them where they are today. But mr. Phepheng , I want to ask you today to please give whites another chance. Please look for those people (of whichever color) that want to help others and those who have good hearts. The problems we face in South Africa today are so complex that it takes a fair amount of discussion just to understand where we come from.

    I want to promise you something today. I will make it my lifelong mission to help our people (all of us, regardless of color). I feel so hurt when people call me white. I can feel the hate towards my skin, and in all fairness, being 23 years old, I don’t deserve it. I believe that before God we are all equal. And I especially found that to be true the day I realized how much God loved me. Its impossible to see people through God’s eyes and still be a racist. Then that person doesn’t know God.

    I really hope that my attitude will be something that spreads throughout South Africa, because if there is one thing I’m certain of, it’s that we can’t keep on hating ourselves or others. It’s not good for us as humans and neither is it good to build a nation. Lots and lots of wrongs were done, and we can’t hide it or take it away, but we can help eachother and turn over a new leaf.

    I pray that you be blessed, ALWAYS!
    ^_^

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  29. It seems we won’t move forward while we concentrating too much on color or whose got what and who hasn’t. Apartheid happened and unfortunately we can’t change that we just need to look forward but in the modern days ,I can tel u now that I didn’t go to white creches but I was taught by hard working teachers who put in their extra unpaid time for me to be the best that I can be.They didn’t moarn or put a finger of blame to any one, they just got on with the job.Ngibongeleni high school.

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  30. I partially agree with you writer. Though I’m convinced he or she is not a parent or has chosen to forget that townships were created by the apartheid government to keep us away from 80% of the land in this country. Our townships are too far away from our places of work and some of us would like to take our children to schools close to our places of work and we will not apologise for that. If I decided to take my children to schools in Dhlamini where I was born and notwithstanding the quality, I would have to hire someone to take them to school since I would be long gone to work by the time they have to go as I would have to avoid traffic. Is the writer thinking about all these practicalities and logistics or is he or she too busy being self righteous. This is my country. The whole of it, my kids will go to any school that I chose. There is not enough will to change things at the kind of school I went to and I am not going to bring children into the world then subject them to that.

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  31. I have nothing against the writer and his views and/or opinions. In fact he states very significant points about black society as a whole. But, since our writer here has mad hatred for “White” culture and language, why does he express his views in a “White” language??? Mr writer…don’t you think your mother tongue could have portrayed your message accordingly??? See…you are actually doing the direct opposite.

    Please rephrase this in your mother tongue, surely your people would love to know what exactly you are talking about. No offense.

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  32. Interesting read indeed.
    Most of what you’ve mentioned can be attributed to centuries of conditioning and the sources of our information.
    We know about Brexit because it pops up in every newspaper, news programme and any other form of news and information platform. We know nothing about SADC because it appears virtually nowhere really.

    When you look at who controls the media and information we receive, therein lies the answer.

    We do not know that Africans built universities way before there were any in Europe. In fact Africans built the first universities in Europe too.
    We do not know of black kings like Caspar the black king of Germany due to our sources of information.
    Someone once said “if you control information, you’ll rule the world”.

    Churches in suburbs? maybe they live closer to that church and it’s convenient to attend there?

    We only see and hear about Africa only when there’s violence.
    There isn’t much coverage about the flood in Ghana, but we’re flooded with the Brussels bombing events.

    There’s a lot that attributes to that self hate and we as a people are only beginning to get enlightened about the truth. Those who want to quell this truth will say it’s conspiracy theorist.

    Anyhow, let me leave it here and get back to work.

    I like this page, thought provoking, and to think I landed here by mistake.

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