I am a victim. The white man came to this land while my ancestors were living peacefully with each other. I could have been a king right now. I could have had 7 wives. But the white man had to come with their guns and swords, and take my ancestors land from me. We were a people united, until the white man decided to come and mess it all up. Africa is in the state it’s in, because of the white man. We need to take back Africa! AMANDLA! This is rhetoric heard amongst the young and uninformed. Because really, Africa was an extension of the Garden of Eden. Peaceful, tranquil, and a land flowing with milk and honey. Then these tyrants had to come in their ships and take us away as slaves. These tyrants had to reduce us to nothing, building their own society with the blood of our hands. If we really take a look at history, we realise that all of this happened before the arrival of the white man. Slave trade was alive in Africa. Conquering of kingdoms was alive. How did the Ndebele, who arose from the Zulu nation end up where they are? People were mistreated and treated unfairly based on a superficial indicator, similar to what is happening with the xenophobic violence now (which if you didn’t notice, is black on black). Yet we are quick to jump for cover and pull up the race card to show our innocence. As I said in my previous article, the losers (victims) are normally romanticized, and the winner (perpetrator) demonized. But wasn’t Shaka a colonialist himself? Didn’t he “gather” (the politically correct term) the people from different families to form the Zulu nation? Weren’t those who didn’t agree with him forced to flee? Both black and white had evil tendencies. Both used unscrupulous methods in achieving their own desired results. No one was entirely good. The only difference? One side won.
- The Price of Paradise
- Bring on the media tribunal