Words like ‘the disadvantaged’ perpetuate self-pity in SA
HOW I wish words like “transformation”, “racism”, “the poor”, “the poorest of the poor”, “the disadvantaged”, etcetera could disappear from the national lexicon.
Use of these terms is worse than an isolated social media post calling Africans “k ****** ”.
While there is no chance that one word or profanities spelled out against Africans can turn them into anything they are not, these words are the fuel that keeps Africans in perpetual self-pity.
The words undermine the latent (inherent) resilience of Africans.
Apartheid itself failed to pulverise Africans in this country into complete dysfunctionality despite the massive power it had in its hands.
Africans made serious efforts that were limited only by the restrictions of apartheid laws. It is a fact that the highly acclaimed judiciary is manned by Africans who mostly attended township schools and studied at universities (so-called Bush Colleges) that apartheid meant to use to further their dehumanisation programme.
African music (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) has won many of the top awards like the Grammys.
Africans missed their chance in 1994. A genuine effort at economic advancement of Africans could have easily been achieved by sourcing the banking needs of the government from the African-owned African Bank, and enabling it to expand its services to insurance and investment banking.
The use of white, established banks was a display of lack of confidence in African effort, implicitly that African effort needed “white supervision and tutelage”, as Brian Molefe put it recently.
Control of the transport and logistics industry could have been delivered to those who historically had made efforts to provide for the need – the taxi industry.
The massive buying power of Africans due to their huge numbers – not white privilege – is responsible for the boom in the white-owned retail sector, but we complain about whites refusing to share, instead of redirecting our buying power towards our own empowerment. Houghton