racism noun /ˈreɪ.sɪ.zəm/ n [U] the belief that people’s qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races
I don’t know what’s up with Thoughtleader these days, everyday when I pass by there seems to be a discussion on racial issues, weren’t they listening when Jacob Zuma said debating race will take us backwards? yesterday afternoon I stumbled upon an article by Sandile Memela titled “Dear Coconuts, blacks are no racists“. I was actually one of the first people to read, no comments had been made yet when I finished reading it but I knew that. I actually don’t remember what he was on about, I stopped taking Sandile Memela seriously when he wrote that article on the Sowetan the other day insinuating that township school pupils are lazy and that is why they keep failing, but it doesn’t really matter anyhow, this post isn’t about his article, it’s about something bigger.
Y’all already know that I like to head on over to any news site, browse through the comments section for the prevalent bigotry that goes on over there, this groundbreaking habit of mine has made me notice quite an interesting trend: the obsession to prove once and for all that black folks are racist. It amazes me that, no matter what the topic of discussion is, someone on the comments section would make a remark about how black folk are as much racist as white folk. AA/ EE / BEE is usually presented as “proof” that black people are discriminating against other racial groups, examples like Robert Mugabe’s Land reform are cited at “evidence” at the amount of cruelty black folk can inflict on white folk. It’s actually weird how they think proving that black racists do exist would actually change shit. I don’t see a point to all of this. Is it possible for black people to be racist? honestly, I don’t give a flying f**k. This is why:
In my opinion, black racism is overrated. Regardless of what you’ve been led to believe, regardless of which government is running the country, a “black” one or a “white” one, the balance of power doesn’t lie with blacks and racism without power is as useless as an impotent porn star. The system we’re living in is designed to keep white hegemony, I know 98% of the population don’t wanna hear this but the system we’re living in was designed to keep black people at a disadvantage, little has changed in how they system operates, so the majority of black people will stays disadvantaged, with a negligibly few being able to escape the parameters set by the system. 80% of the country’s wealth is not in the hands of black people, with wealth comes power. With the majority of the wealth in this country in the hands of white people, chances are they’ll be working directly or indirectly under a white person, who wants to guess whose racism would be more potent in this situation?