Thursday, February 14, 2008
Xolela Mangcu , To the Brink
In a very interesting article, in The Star (13 Feb 2008), an extract from his book, To the Brink, Xolela Mangxu, Executice chair of the Platform for Public Deliberation, rips apart, the kind of 'racial nativism', that he finds currently in the political imaginations of the ANC, but also currently in South Africa.
What is this nativism ? He writes 'By its very nature racial nativism is exclusionary and inevitably leads to political intolerance, which has manifested through the racial labeling of political critics as traitors...'
This position he juxtaposes against, what he calls 'the long traditions of racial syncretism that have always characterized South African political and intellectual history'. Here 'natives' are all the people born in the country, irrespective of their struggle history or where they stand in relation to government. This sentiment echoes in the Freedom Charter, which unambigiously states, 'South Africa belongs to all who lives in it, black or white'. He describe the Pan Africanist leader Robert Sobukwe or Steven Biko as 'never racial essentalists'. Sobukwe states, 'When I say Africa is for the Africans I mean those of any colour, who accept Africa as their home....'
This book is indeed an essential read for all of us....
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