So according to many people in my area, white supremacy is still around in South Africa. Yes, many white people are racist (wait… the other races aren’t?) and many white people do feel that they are superior to other races, which I don’t agree with at all. But I struggle to see, how in this country – a country with the majority of citizens being black, and a country being run by a black government – some feel that blacks are being treated poorly.
The problem comes from the fact that everything is being seen as racist these days. Countless South African schools have faced the problem of the black girls feeling that they are being targeted because of hair rules in the school. A school in my area had problems with a gang-like movement of the black students, some of them being pulled in against their will. One of the black girls had had her hair relaxed and it was touching her collar. According to school rules, your hair has to be tied up if it is long enough to touch your collar, and a few girls – a black girl and a couple of white girls – in the period of a few days, were spoken to about that issue. The black girl assumed she was the only one being spoken to and thus assumed it was due to her being black. This did not prompt her to go talk to a teacher about it; she went to her friends, who then started the mob which rebelled against the school. The issue at hand had nothing to do with race, yet she assumed it did.
But here comes the crux of the matter; these blacks that feel they are treated badly, are all young. They were all born post-apartheid, and thus are not directly affected – and that’s the irony of it all. The workers at the school are mostly old black people, but they don’t complain and rebel. Funnily enough, those workers which were affected by Apartheid and have seen our country’s power-shift since then, were actually willing to speak to the black students and clear up the racist issues.
Sure, the black students’ parents were affected by Apartheid and you as young blacks therefore suffer because they could be more wealthy, right? Well, that school that had these problems, is a private school. You, as a black student, attend a private school, and some of your parents are rather wealthy. Many of the white kids are only in that private school because they got a bursary, or a scholarship – because they worked hard – otherwise their parents would also not be able to afford them a place in that school – the school which you rebelled against, in your country – a country run by black people. White supremacy?