Murray's 'Spear' exposed ANC's inability to deal with racism
MY FEELINGS about the ANC generally vacillates between outrage and despair. But now I pity the ruling party because Brett Murray's The Spear has put the ANC in a bad light.
The ANC simply doesn't know how to deal with racism. The worst thing is that it behaves as if it's not in power, as if the laws, the power dynamics and black reality we witness today are not of its creation.
So when Advocate Gcina Malindi broke down and cried like a baby in court, I said: "Tshotsho (the chickens have come home to roost)".
If a senior black advocate can be reduced to tears in court 18 years into democracy, what does it mean about our freedom?
I was taken back to May 1976 during the South African Students Organisation (Saso) trial.
There stood 29-year-old Steve Biko, who was not a lawyer, who was called to testify on behalf of his comrades. Biko faced the arrogant white judge head-on and won!
He spoke without fear or hesitation. He exuded black intelligence. He was black consciousness and taught the white judge some basic lessons in black logic!
How can we forget Biko's response to the judge who tried to minimise the importance of self-identification as black by black consciousness?
He barked at Biko: "You people are more brown than black."
Biko replied: "In the same way as I think white people are more pink and yellow and pale than white."
It was game over!
Murray's painting is racist from beginning to end. The fact that the ANC has no language to explain and speak back to white arrogance speaks volumes about its state of mind as a party in power.
Any black person who honestly expects the ANC to liberate black people from racism needs to have their head checked.
Malindi operates from within the ANC discourse.
When the judge stared down at him he knew in his black soul that it was white power at play and he and his president were powerless blacks in a white court.
The truth that 1994 didn't happen for the majority of blacks hit home painfully.
During the Saso trial it was said that every day Soweto was abuzz with debate and pride.
The community followed the trial as closely as possible and every time Biko showed the judge up, Soweto and other townships roared with approval!
That court case and Biko's brilliant performance is often credited with what happens six weeks later - the June 16 uprising!
The children of Soweto, guided by Biko's friend and comrade Okgopotse Tiro, took the spirit of defiance so beautifully displayed by Biko's testimony to the streets and shouted black power!
I think the ANC has nothing useful to offer injured black pride. Now they use insult to organise the battle for what will happen in Mangaung.
At times like this I wonder if I shouldn't offer the whole ANC leadership free lessons on black consciousness. I believe we shall all be better for it!