Why Do White People Despise Blacks by Julius Malema

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This article was originally published in South Africa’s Sunday Times on January 10, 2016

There is no doubt that the recent social media posts by white supremacists referring to black people as animals and the uneducated, dirty masses are mere symptoms of an entrenched phenomenon of racism.

Anti-black racism has been the order of the day in South Africa and our 22 years of democratic rule have dismally failed to uproot its causes. Why do white people despise blacks? Why is it that they find it easy to look at us with disgust and undermine our humanity?

The answer lies in the structural organization of black lives, the material conditions that have been made exclusive to black people. What colonization and apartheid did was to make poverty, hunger, undereducation, landlessness and cheap labor part of the exclusive identity of black people. It did not matter that one black person, or a family, or a group, was educated – maybe even better than whites – as long as the majority of black people lived in conditions of squalor, this remained the identity they shared.

A black revolution should therefore be about the structural transformation of the black condition as a condition of inhumanity. Until such a time, it is futile to expect any white person or white people as a group to respect black people or treat them like human beings.

The attitude of white supremacy, the idea that white people are brought up with – that psyche of being above blacks – rests on their privilege and advantage over black people. It rests on the reality that each day of their lives, from birth, their lived experience as a collective is to be served by blacks.

From the people who clean their homes, streets and schools; to the people who serve them in restaurants and markets; and those who do all the menial work in the country. They are raised, some directly and others indirectly, to believe that blacks exist so that they can live a better life.

The point of the colonial project was precisely to achieve this fact, that, as much as possible, there must always be millions of black people available as cheap and easily disposable labor for the advancement of the privilege of white people.

The sooner we accept this as a country, the closer we will get to the resolution of anti-black racism.

We will not uproot the attitude of white supremacy unless we deal with the black condition, because white supremacy is founded on the black condition, which maintains and reproduces it.

One only needs to look at how cheap a black life truly is to white people by comparing the fact that 34 black mineworkers are massacred in broad daylight, and white people never even run a petition online.

Although rhinos are poached daily, we do not see poachers poaching them like we did when the police shot and killed the workers. Yet, there is a big campaign and a huge investment in saving the rhino. People have statues of them everywhere, they even organize marathons where they “run to save the rhino”.

This tells you, right here in South Africa, a country with a majority of blacks, that black people are worth less than rhinos.

If you do not buy the rhino story in relation to mine workers who were massacred by the ANC government in protection of white monopoly investment, then the other example is white people’s pets. Here, you find that the dogs and cats of white people have medical aid, while the black garden and kitchen workers do not and cannot afford it.

To ask whites to view black people as human is an impossible request from their structural point of view. If you were in their position you would be the same, because it is impossible to look at Gugulethu or Alexandra and see a human image. What you see is not different to how rats live; congested areas where people live with their dirt in absolute proximity.

Each day we ask white people not to tell us that this is the case and they are shocked. We say to them: “Do not tell us that we live like rats and in absolute proximity to dirt.” Each time we say it is racist, they do not understand how naming facts could be a bad thing. But what they all forget is precisely that they, as a group, are the cause of the suffering and animalization of black people.

From recent announcements, even by former president FW de Klerk, we know that they have no remorse about what they have done. It should have been clear when De Klerk took his oath as second deputy president to Nelson Mandela in Afrikaans that he is not apologetic. It was a sign of arrogance shown to the nation that he was not remorseful of white supremacy and its legacy.

What, then, is to be done? Economic freedom is the only answer to the transformation of the condition upon which white supremacy rests; the day black people attain economic freedom, white people will lack the basis to despise us, and the attitude to despise will not affect anyone’s access to a means of subsistence.

Economic freedom means the distribution of land to end congested townships and lead agrarian reform; and nationalization of mines and banks to fund free, quality education, sanitation and healthcare, to name a few. This will restore the dignity to black people; any project that does not focus on this will only result in cosmetic changes.

It will result merely in silencing whites while they continue to live their lives as white supremacists without interruption.

Malema is the leader of the EFF

This article was originally published in South Africa’s Sunday Times on January 10, 2016

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  1. As Dr Amos Wilson put so succintly; things change only to remain the same. The European has not ceased from violence against Africans. They never really renounced slavery or colonialism: they found a better mire subtle way. And our leaders, after those who struggled for independence, have not understood the intentions of the european to dominate us and our resources for their greedy and selfish existence. Therefore these leaders have not been able to keep solidarity with South Africa after apartheid, nor with their own populations because, from our shallow understanding of eurocentric imperialism we think the struggle for freedom is over when we do not dominate our own economies, we do not educate our people to challenge imperialism and build solidarity amongst global africans. The common African does not understand the complexity of neocolonialism amd therefore is satisfied with the appearance of prosperity, whether it is found in a european owned bank or mine, and has been deceived into believing in a false “global village”, not considering who are meant to be serfs in this village. There can be no prosperity in Africa when our economies are dominated by europeans, chinese, or indiams and arabs, and the people to whom the land belong are ignored.
    Things need to change and must change. Change necessarily involves pain, but not the painful experience under goverments who fail to articulate or implement the needs of the people, and actually turn against the people by their actions.
    If Africans must endure a bit, suffer a bit for change, we need to understand that it is the only path to ultimate power and control. Stand behind those who speak for us and confront those who abuse us courageously.
    “Africa must unite” has to be revived, not in the pretence and farce of the present AU, but with the courage of the original call for black power.

    How relevant can the present AU be when there is no reaction against a founding member that receives terrorists for a price?

    There will be no prosperous future without calculated suffering.

    John 12:24
    Unless a corn of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abides alone. But if it die, it brings forth much fruit.

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