Shower Thoughts on Race and Equality


Dozens dead in Christchurch, New Zealand. Trouble in Charlottesville, USA. And closer to home, who will forget those pictures of black children cowering in a corner far removed from their white schoolmates at Schweizer Reneke primary school in Johannesburg. And every time people of colour are victims of racist acts everywhere, you have politicians dusting their vocal chords and vocabulary and caressing microphones to offer their thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers indeed. Occasionally though, they will let their guard down and let the world in on their true views on White Supremacism; “there were very fine people on both sides.”

After a few days, the politicians will go back behind their shells; the media might be seized with the latest outrage for a few days more – until Kim Jong Un ‘threatens’ to freeze the world into the long night with a nuclear winter.  Then the media remembers they too have assets and families to protect; and the very important job of reminding the world of the scourge of millions of black parasites pervading this planet and how they should stay underfoot of the white light.

My experiences of racism are about Southern Africa. Funny, eh? There is racism in Africa, the very place where black people are supposed to call home. The very place where black people were not supposed to be identified by the colour of their skin. But incidents like Schweizer Reineke have managed to fly under the radar as of now.

Racism – the warped idea that one group of people with a certain shade of colour on their skin is greater than the rest of mankind combined – is a source of what is wrong with the world today. But say whatever you will about efforts to heal the world and rid it of racism; of the world dreaming of a day when there is no colour anywhere; of days where people can say, oh the only race that matters is the human race, with a straight face and actually mean it. Race relations is something we will never heal in our society because the race victim does not have enough resources to force his voice to be heard. We have not raised our profiles enough to force the rest of the world to notice us.

Tell me where you have ever heard of anybody in an actual position of power fighting to ensure that he raises the poor below him to his level?

Isnt it funny how, the moment one suggests that governments everywhere introduce social policies that might ensure that workers – most of whom are people of colour – might be left with something set aside for a rainy day, one will be a subject of heavy attacks, filled with fear mongering and reminders of failed socialist states. So why does the world continue to delude itself that it will solve racism when the people holding all resources do not want to share them? You can all bear witness to how conservatives in the USA are descending on Democratic Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – just because she has dared suggest that people can actually be equal on this earth. In a capitalist society, people of colour will forever be the help. And they will be paid just enough to enable them to feed themselves and return to work tomorrow. Farm workers know they cannot do without peanuts they get. Same with blue collar workers of colour everywhere. We sell our labour simply to exist, forget about actually living.

Our own presidents run off when emergencies occur. In Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa would not even stay in the country to watch his people drown in the fury of Cyclone Idai. He had tried the same disappearing act when soldiers were unleashed into the streets to quell voices of discontent from the masses. I cannot imagine his disappointment when he touched down in Harare to be greeted by the sight of beggars still infesting the streets with their rancid poverty.

The only place where racism would have been fought on equal footing was the school. Because at school everybody is young, innocent, impressionable, and in uniform. Well; they usually are where I grew up. Everybody learns the same things from the same teacher. Except in history, where we were taught that David Livingstone discovered Victoria Falls, that Columbus discovered America, as well as many stories of heroic conquests where  light was brought to dark places that were ripping themselves apart with unmitigated cannibalism. No mention of how colonialism and slavery uprooted everything people knew about their culture, history and governance, and crushed them into a life of subservience and self shame. In the classroom, there is at least an illusion of equality. Or there was supposed to have been one anyway. Now it seems that has been lost too.

Perhaps the only answer to racism is ownership of the means of production. That’s why you heard so much noise from farmers after Julius Malema threatened to take land away through expropriation. Karl Marx was right, at least on this front. He who owns the infrastructure determines the super structure.

The entire world is western dominated through the economy, money,  religion,  culture, politics, governance rules, media, caste system and agenda. The mission Impossible we face today is to convince our people and generations to come that we were once kings. And it is Mission Impossible because black people have been down so long it no longer hurts. And when something no longer hurts, the will to stand up and fights withers. We need to keep the light on.

As it is, hope that racial equality is on its way home is low. Really low. I do not think there will ever come a time when people of colour are treated equally in this world. So we settle and scrounge for the scraps. We do not value ourselves… Our governments do not value us.

You want to solve race? You really want to solve race? We need to create our own cookie jars if we are to be treated as an equal race on this earth. Let us create a world where we do not need the help of the west.

***Note from the editor: This article was edited and syndicated from an article published on  Average Joe’s Blog***

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