De­feat in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex

Daily Dispatch - - Opinion -

THE lay­ing of wreaths at Steve Biko’s prison cell and grave by our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, means very lit­tle, if it means any­thing. To me it’s just sheer po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunism. Had Biko’s ideas of black con­scious­ness been in­fused into our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem by these at­ten­tion-seek­ing lead­ers, we would have been a dif­fer­ent peo­ple by now, al­to­gether. The in­fe­ri­or­ity that Biko high­lighted is to­day ren­der­ing blacks more im­pov­er­ished.

We are all com­plain­ing about white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal, but our gov­ern­ment is do­ing noth­ing to change the psy­cho­log­i­cal in­fe­ri­or­ity syn­drome of the black masses and this will not au­to­mat­i­cally van­ish from peo­ple’s minds.

What the gov­ern­ment needs to do now – and do fast – is to build Biko’s black con­scious­ness phi­los­o­phy into the school cur­ricu­lum and cre­ate a huge black con­scious­ness na­tional pro­gramme, so that black peo­ple can be­gin to value them­selves as the equals of whites. We blacks still con­sider any prod­uct made by us in­fe­rior. That is why we can­not sup­port one an­other, even to­day.

We have the buy­ing power. The ques­tion is, why are we still swim­ming in the pool of poverty?

The an­swer is, the psy­cho­log­i­cal in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex that Biko com­plained of – is one that we have not been able to de­feat. The apartheid sys­tem was a well thought out brain­wash­ing sys­tem and it was driven by the state, that is why I am call­ing on our state to act and de­feat this in­fe­ri­or­ity scourge among black peo­ple. — Zwelibangile Modi, Ez­i­be­leni

RIGHT­FULLY the Daily Dis­patch is car­ry­ing ar­ti­cles on the oc­ca­sion of the death of Steve Bantu Biko 40 years ago, but sadly the true Biko has still to be writ­ten into the his­tory books – as is the case of Thabo Mbeki.

It was in­ter­est­ing to hear the Kenyan aca­demic Pa­trick Lu­mumba re­cently tell South Africans that when the true his­tory of SA is writ­ten, South Africans will have to apol­o­gise to Thabo Mbeki.

This is also go­ing to be the case with re­gard to Steve Biko be­cause Steve was far greater than what he is made out to be. The snub­bing of the King Wil­liam’s Town event on Septem­ber 12 by ANC mem­bers may not have been be­cause of con­fu­sion, but be­cause Biko did not sup­port the ANC as he did not be­lieve in their pol­icy of vi­o­lence. When Don­ald Woods in­tro­duced me to Biko as a friend of his, Steve’s re­ply was: “A friend of Don­ald Woods is a friend of mine”.

Through that friend­ship I got to know who Steve re­ally was and have no doubt that had he lived, SA would not be in the mess it is to­day. — Don­ald Card, via e-mail

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