Racism: No need to change Laws

SHARE   |   Monday, 11 January 2016   |   By Sam Ditshego

Should we react to racist comments by enacting laws in Parliament? I don’t think so because it is futile to legislate against attitudes, opinions and views. It is sheer waste of time and energy; it is futile, puerile and symptomatic. The ANC was quick to react and respond to racist and white supremacist comments by saying they were going to enact a law to punish people who suffer from neurosis and psychosis such as, for example, Penny Sparrow. But many APLA political prisoners spent more than 26 years in jail and the PAC and APLA leadership have been appealing to have their imprisoned members released but those appeals have fallen on deaf ears. Yet apartheid war criminals and death machines such as, for example, Eugene de Kock have been released without conditions. But freedom fighters have been and are going to be released on conditions. How different are self-haters in the ANC leadership different from neurotic and psychotic individuals like Penny Sparrow?


Racism (white supremacy) is a local and global power system which is maintained by deceit and violence. As African American Psychiatrist Dr Frances Cress Welsing said, if racism (white supremacy) is undefined and poorly understood there is general confusion and chaos on the part of the victims of that system and it becomes impossible for the victims of racism (white supremacy) to effectively counter it. The ANC government is clearly confused and in a chaotic state of affairs when it comes to dealing with racism (white supremacy). Another Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon clearly dealt with racism (white supremacy) in his book Black Skin, White Masks (first published in 1952) years before Cress Welsing even became a psychiatrist. He wrote that South Africa has a racist structure as well as Europe. Let me point out that Penny Sparrow is part of that structure which the ANC government failed to destroy not by treating the symptoms of racism but confronting it through positive measure such as introducing anti-racist education such as making books such as Black Skin, White Masks as well as Robert Sobukwe’s 1959 inaugural speech required reading in the education system.

Sobukwe said, inter alia, in that inaugural speech… “The Africanists take the view that there is only one race to which we all belong, and that is the human race. In our vocabulary, therefore, the word ‘race’ as applied to man, has no plural form. We do, however, admit the existence of observable physical differences between various groups of people, but these are the result of a number of factors, chief among which has been geographical isolation. “In Africa, the myth of race has been propounded and propagated by the imperialists and colonialists from Europe, in order to facilitate and justify their inhuman exploitation of the indigenous people of the land. It is from this myth of race with its attendant claims of cultural superiority that the doctrine of white supremacy stems”.


Hiding or suppressing the teachings of intellectual giants and visionaries such as Fanon and Sobukwe is the bane of society and the ANC’s problem because the governing party wants to remove the memories of Sobukwe and Fanon from the collective consciousness of the African people at home and abroad. As they converge in Rustenburg over the weekend they must mull over issues raised in this correspondence.

Sam Ditshego
Kagiso, SA

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