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The danger of anger



Racism born of colonialism is often blamed for the social ills prevalent in our communities. The statement is quite far from the truth though. In fact, man brought all the social ills upon himself and found the scapegoat in the racial differences. A Julius Malema rant about ‘white privilege’ is just plain lip service to a racial machine that has been used since the birth of time to divide and to rule the believers thereof. Malema ‘hates’ whites that are ‘racist’ but fails to mention the white people that have had a positive influence on his life and those of his fellows. Those Peter Tosh lines, “You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time…” ring true if one listens closely to the words of the pseudo-freedom fighters of the present times that cry about poverty though they live in palatial mansions. Theirs is not a cry about the real problems of the people but rather a bawl about losing a place at the table of political tenderpreneurs. It does not make sense how a man or woman in designer labels can talk about a revolution to masses whose children go to school barefoot in tattered uniforms or no uniforms at all. The raving and the ranting that leads to burning and looting is just a tool of the megalomaniac that deems it fit to stir the masses to anger over issues that can be of more benefit to the progress of the people if they were discussed in a cordial and civil manner. As I wrote in a poem about a decade back, “it won’t help us none if we go on toying with the toyi-toyi,” for the culture of marches is in simple terms outdated. Maybe the anger it foments was relevant in the struggle days before equality became a part of the constitution, but singing songs of freedom after independence is as irrational as the anger that comes as a result of the songs sung in the jungles when countries were still in the clutches of colonialism and racial segregation. As said in the previous article, police brutality draws its sources from the colonial times when the colonial lords hired local muscle to control the local masses. One would have thought that the advent of independence would mean a way out of the dog-eat-dog mentality the colonist instilled in the minds of the colonised as he stood by watching them tear each other to shreds. Like cats given access to the main house whilst the dogs have to clench the seasons out tied to chains or shabbily built kennels outside the house, some of the formerly colonised people have somehow formed themselves into a class that is willing to protect their ‘close to the feeding table’ interests at all costs. The occurrence of police brutality is not the direct result of a sector of state trying to maintain law and order but simply the lashing out by a class against other classes it considers as threats to their interests. Political leaders with dubious intentions often capture the security sectors as soon as they assume office to ensure that their ill intentions are at all times protected through the use of the machine of fear. Fear as Tupac Shakur once said is stronger than love, for once an individual is driven to fear they can kill even their own kind to escape the fear. With the advance of the age, many prevalent social realities have driven people to fear: there is the fear of the loss of employment, the fear of earning low income, the fear of persecution, the paranoid fear of being attacked by unseen enemies created by the machine of mind control created by ‘the man &co.’ to keep the masses within the winepress they created for the sole purpose of extorting as much as they can from the toil and the efforts of the people without due reward being given. To uphold this system Bob Marley named ‘the winepress’ in the song Babylon System, the police still go on to be used as the truncheon, the knuckleduster, the steel-toed boot, and the aggressor ignoring the fact that they are cousins, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers and uncles to the same people they mercilessly beat to a pulp with every confrontation between them and the civilian masses. Uprising as defined by Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali in “Nightfall” is a defensive strike against the constant fear that keeps on metamorphosing as the years turn into decades and into eras. The lie sold just before independence was that all would be well after independence, it turned out the politician just merely wanted to have the colonist’s lifestyle. The levels of poverty have increased exponentially, with most of the former colonies perpetual beggar states despite declaring independence over five decades ago. Whoever speaks out against the now open (for it has gone beyond rampant) corruption faces a clear threat of death if they dare speak against the system. We have seen incidents of media figures getting shot for telling the truth, others battered to a pulp, and others still exiled or forced into hiding. Constantly victimised, the only available voice of the people has in many countries been forced into silence for being telling the truth. Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali’s words come a trembling: Man has ceased to be man Man has become beast Man has become prey It is an endless travail telling the truth to ease the burden of the poverty, crime and disease, but it is a harder travail still to convince the wealthier members of our societies to consider the problems being caused by the widening gap between them and the less fortunate poor. The frenzy for the wealth or to be the wealthiest promoted by television and other media platforms means that there is no human line anymore. What is rather there is a predator-prey type of relationship between individuals in communities and between states. Ulterior motive seems to drive the core of the relationships between countries, it seems to drive the relations between individuals as well to the point where mistrust is the determinant of relationships that were once simple (that is if they ever were, but at least there was some skein of brotherhood at some point in past history). The tension born of these relations of mistrust often leads to altercation where one party feels cheated out of the equation, usually the labour whose living conditions differ from those of their peers. The violent behaviour seen when there are protests usually stems from collective anger that has been allowed to simmer for too long brewed in the pot of the bitterness of the poor against the rich. There is need to address real economic freedom for everyone on a global scale; otherwise the colonialism we claim to have defeated lives on. Domestic violence is spoken of like a hushed wrong and its real roots have never actually been discussed in an open ‘heterosexual’ forum, thus the reason why it goes on to flare up. The term ‘heterosexual’ is of great concern because sexual rights is a pretty new phenomenon in this region and therefore, there is need to ignore the new sexes that came into fashion on the continent after the liberation of South Africa in the 1990’s. The truth of the matter is that the male side of our societies was largely disenfranchised by the attitudes of exclusion and what one can term as convenient spontaneous amnesia on the part of the world. That the average man from the lower part of the racial segregation line had throughout the long history of apartheid and colonialism been intentionally forced to live away from his family by the systems was ignored. Many of the young men from the lower section of society from the homelands would marry only to be forced to go back to work in the mines or industries for extended periods without ever getting the time to bond with their families. It is in this manner that many of them grew dislocated from their families. There was never any effort on the part of the families, communities, or the new post-independence government to address the forced historical alienation of the male from their families or society by apartheid of colonialism. The new-found freedom was simply too bright, too new, and too promising to ever consider the simple fact that the male side need to be reconciled with their communities after the forced exile of the dark colonial times. Forced to accept without question the new world with its new rules, many of the males felt disenfranchised by a system that put them back into the role of being third-class citizens (the unemployed). Beijing 94 and 95 considered only the rights of women ignorant of the fact that the male of the proletarian or serf class had to suffer as much as the women. The agreements ignored the fact that the systems of social oppression were not the creation of the male from the lower classes but those of the people then chanting the liberation of the rights of women. Caught up in the promises of the new era, women seem to have forgotten the plight of their brothers who toiled as migrant labourers in faraway cities, who lost their lives in the guerrilla warfare campaigns of the liberation era, who had to withstand the rancid choking bite of teargas in their eyes and who after liberation were forced into a new role of the stay-at-home unemployed male. With no clear prospects of a future job or employment, constantly condescended for lacking the power to provide for family, many of the male members of society built a bitter sense of relation with their female fellows. They felt sold out to the new fascination freedom and independence that lured their sisters away from the manners of relationship that had kept the societies and communities they grew up in bonded. It was well and good that women would finally get to taste the sweetness of the power their emancipation offered, but the underlying feeling in the ranks of males they had shared the years of struggle with was that it was at the expense of their freedom as well. Unemployed, they could not be the same providers they had been since the days when humanity was a nomadic society of cave dwellers following herds of animals across the plains and savannahs. Bitterness began to grow as the years advanced into the present day and the truth of the matter is that the occurrence of violence we see on the current scale shall continue to increase unless there is real dialogue between the two dominant sexes in society. Social decay is the direct result of colonialism, but it can also be blamed on the way we relate with the women of our societies. New found freedom means that the nurturing role many mothers played has faded with the passing of the years as women begin to feel, understand and enjoy their freedom, they perhaps should be allowed to enjoy the fruits of their status. However, there should always be constant reminders of what their natural role as nurturers is, without the clutter of the sound of deviant voices from the now in fashion sexes that are increasing with each passing day. Without sounding like a homophobe, there is need for children to at least not be confused with the new found freedom to choose one’s sexual orientation. The reality is that too many voices are more likely to get us a generation of confused adults that are prone to anger than if we merely chose to follow the natural two sex (heterosexual) way of conscientising children about their sexual orientation. Negative media practices beget what one can term as thoughtlessness because one is showered with all these algorithmic options that oftentimes do not lead to the real definition of the truth about an entity. There are blogs, groups, societies, organisations, institutions, magazines, books, archival material, academic papers and other material that one is showered with each time they are on the web and it does not help one much when they are searching for material on a particular topic, theme, subject, or field. One is oftentimes flooded with a deluge of rubbish before they can get the right answer on the web. This is the attitude of the current world that we live: everybody has an opinion, and this opens one up to more possibilities of being negatively influenced into anger and the danger of the anger is that it leads to a less harmonious world. There are simply too many voices at this point in time, and most of them are of the negative sort that leads world into chaos. One need choose what voices to listen to because there is the clear danger of regressing into anger if they do not choose what to listen to. We need the world and the voices of others its true, but we need a calm demeanour to deal with them to gain a world that is more peaceful than it was before the Pandora’s box of information called the internet was opened. Tšepiso S. Mothibi

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