Racism (White Supremacy) in South Africa

SHARE   |   Monday, 05 September 2016   |   By Sam Ditshego
Racism (White Supremacy) in South Africa

Africans at schools in South Africa have been victims of white supremacy (racism). The recent incident was at Pretoria Girls High School in the capital city on August 29, 2016 the girls at that school protested. The Gauteng Provincial MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi intervened by visiting the school and listened to the girls’ grievances which included being prevented from wearing their natural hair because the white teachers say it looked untidy. They are also not allowed to speak their African languages and to congregate in groups of three. What is racism (white supremacy)? Dr. Frances Cress Welsing defines it thus: Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined, which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response, as conducted simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labour, law, politics, religion, sex and war), for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet earth – a planet upon which the vast majority of people are classified as non-white (Black, Brown, Red and Yellow) by white skinned people, and all of the nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin colouration) compared to the genetic recessive white skinned people”.


She went on to say that in the existing system of racism (white supremacy) when the term is undefined and poorly understood, there is general confusion and chaos on the part of the victims of that system (local, national and global). It then becomes impossible for the victims of Racism (White Supremacy) to effectively counter the global system of Racism (White Supremacy). During a radio interview on August 29, Lesufi attributed what is happening at that Girls High School as a clash of cultures and said parents should take collective responsibility for racism. It means he has failed to define the problem and he poorly understands racism that is why he and many other Africans in the ruling ANC are generally confused and in a chaotic state. The newly inaugurated Mayor of the Capital City, Solly Msimanga of the white-led Democratic Alliance whose duty is to safeguard white interests shared Lesufi’s sentiments of collective responsibility. Msimanga also doesn’t understand racism (white supremacy) and, just like Lesufi, he has failed to define the problem and he poorly understands racism hence he and many other Africans in the Opposition DA are generally confused and in a chaotic state. I will not take responsibility for racism.


In the conclusion of his book, Black Skin White Masks, which every African child must read, Fanon wrote, “I don’t carry innocence to the point of believing that appeals to reason or to respect for human dignity can alter reality”. In her 1994 book, Marimba Ani writes that racism is the fire ignited by the Europeans; our response is only the smoke…There is no way to extinguish a fire without experiencing the smoke. Europeans have made the fire; we will put it out.” What Fanon means is that even if we can appeal to Europeans or whites to respect the African people’s human dignity, our appeals will fall on deaf ears until we act decisively to destroy racism (white supremacy). African people cannot and should not be responsible for what was created by Europeans. The African people’s responsibility is to put out the fire of racism ignited by Europeans.
Lesufi also said, “We can’t postpone non-racialism”. Lesufi should learn from Robert Sobukwe that the prerequisite to non-racialism is the destruction of white supremacy. This means the sine qua non for destroying white supremacy is the establishment a non-racial society. Non-racialism and racism (white supremacy) are mutually exclusive. Let me repeat what I have said in many of my writings in different publications and that is Sobukwe had all the solutions to this country’s problems as far back as the mid-1940’s and late 1950’s. I have suggested in the past that schools, colleges and universities should introduce Sobukwe’s teachings in the curriculum. Lesufi’s ANC and Msimanga’s DA converge on ideology as well as on trying to erase from the collective consciousness of the African people the teachings of thinkers such as Sobukwe, Fanon and Marimba Ani.
Sam Ditshego,
Kagiso