A Message to Blacks in Engineering

I know I said I will never write anything that hovers around the anti-racist mark but I lied, some things just need to be said. In this country we have two types of people, just two, and if you were guessing Black/White, Rich/Poor, then you’re sadly mistaken. There are two types of people: Those who drank the Kool-Aid and bought the rainbow nation story Mandela, Tutu and the media tried to shove down our throats; and those who were immune to the bullshit. If you fall into the latter category, this post isn’t for you…………… Okay, okay, everything I said until now might be utter BS but still, this post had to be written.

Out of all the affirmative action jobs the Apartheid government gave to White folks, Engineering has the huge share of them. As a results, a qualified young black professional walking into a plant/site filled to the rim with old guys who got their jobs because of the colour of their will ’cause a ruckus. They will be threatened by you. There will be racial micro-aggression. There might be a plot to get you fired, etc. Something will happen. You will probably get some solidarity with either the blacks in management or the black general workers, you won’t fine none. The blacks in management have probably paid their dues, gone through the same crap, they won’t have time to hold your hand. The black general workers, through years of conditioning, will probably perceive you as those “Varsity types who think they are better than the rest of us”. You will alone. You will feel frustrated. You will feel angry. You’ll start questioning your competency and eventually, your sanity. But here’s the interesting part, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Arm yourself

Racism is an enemy. To fight an enemy, you must first know your enemy. I assume we are smart enough to search for free resources, go to the internet, there are tons of sites that deal with racism, visit one each day. Go to the library, read Biko, Fanon, Du Bois, whatever just read at least one book that deals with race relations. After a while, you’ll be able to write a 1000 word essay about why Leon Schuster Movies are blatantly racist and have it rejected by countless on line media for being too abrasive fully equipped to recognize subtle and or blatant racism and you’ll be able to handle it accordingly.

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