Transparency is the key to integrity
editors before you Mr Bruce, were tested with another crisis of conscience around the conduct of Abe and Solly Krok. They failed. History records that these editors spurned the efforts of the Black Consciousness Movement. The red alert that Abe and Solly Krok were selling poisonous skin whitening creams that physically damaged and politically dehumanised Black people fell on deaf ears. The propaganda of White Superiority had to hold and the Krok brothers played their part. They obstructed the development of Black self-worth. Most publications willingly carried their misleading advertisements that concealed the truth about skin whitening creams. Nothing has changed. On your watch, Business Day conceals the truth about The Apartheid Museum — another fabrication of Abe and Solly Krok.
The angle of the story that MacRobert and ENS chose to highlight on the Constitutional Court matter of Stainbank vs The South African Apartheid Museum at Freedom Park is a self serving triviality and largely irrelevant to the broader national concerns around transformation of the judiciary. We believe that the specifics of this case presented a perfect opportunity for the Constitutional Court to examine the presumption of impartiality in the context of our history: recognise the injustices (machinations) of the past. Outside of courtrooms, in our daily living, we’re forced to endure many presumptions about White people; such is the obvious residue of four hundred years under the White Supremacist Model.
And when an editor, given all the facts, fails the test of impartiality, it is difficult to appreciate what exception divines the presumption of impartiality on the part of a judicial officer.
Our current campaign: Toward a cognitive understanding of Racism, seeks to contextualise, educate and conscientise an otherwise trusting public into remembering, examining and acknowledging racism — post 1994. Our focus is on the covert, insidious, systemic and institutionalised type of racism that goes unnoticed, precisely because we tend to accept positive presumptions, even as the facts show otherwise. Typically, a general public impression of the Krok’s as originators of The Apartheid Museum, absurd as it maybe, is but one success of South African media hell-bent on retaining notions of white superiority.
Racism sweats through every pore of every life in South Africa. And still — not a single national programme illuminates a cognitive understanding of racism. We have very little doubt that the hardship that Black people currently endure will, eventually, give rise to revolt. We hope that our effort toward a cognitive understanding of racism will bring South Africans to the realisation that reconciliation is an unnecessary attachment to truth. Only when truth is suppressed, and justice is disgraced, does it become necessary to vigorously market reconciliation. Mike Stainbank Founder: The Apartheid Museum®