Immoral road to nowhere
I REFER TO Paul Hilliard’s comment (Letters, 16 December 2010). I’m sick of this white attitude, where whites still believe they’re still entitled to occupy a privileged position in our society. There’s been little change in the structure of our society since 1994 and yet you have privileged idiots like Hilliard still fighting to keep that privileged. This attitude continues to manifest across corporate South Africa under the guise of black incompetence. It’s the ilk of Hilliard who will always believe blacks have a monopoly on incompetence.
I wish to recall as an investment banker how Europe and the United States tried to export SUV, sub-prime funding structures and selling off of debt as gospel. Even under interrogation of a portfolio that was mainly junk, how adding 10% A-rated securities would make the entire portfolio A-rated. I was shouted down at meetings in Absa for being incompetent.
At least the global financial crisis has clearly demonstrated incompetence is by no means a privilege of our black people. White privilege ended in 1994 and many of the whites who left for a better life in Europe discovered they were locked out of the mainstream and are now trickling back under the guise of coming to rebuild SA. Truth be told, they weren’t competent enough to succeed abroad.
It’s time for us – black and white – to forgive but not forget and forge a common identity and move this nation forward. Black people in SA simply rolled their sleeves up and fought hard to transform our society. Imagine where we’d be if blacks just whined like Hilliard?
Always remember black people have just as much right to opportunity as white people in our country. Unless white people recognise that reality they’re creating fertile ground for a second revolution that’s being hatched by the youth movement, where whites will have no rights to land in SA.