My father has always been critical about South African society; he recognises the cancer that has existed for decades within those blessed with melanin. From being “the better” black to mob justice and a blatant disregard for the environment, it is quite evident that something is wrong with black people.
It is often said that one can be taken out of the ghetto, but the ghetto can’t be taken out of the individual. While I respect this sentiment because of its demonstration of the love people have for their roots, I detest the implications it has on the black man’s mentality.
Let’s look at the ‘ghetto’ complex that epochs of slavery and segregation have wrought. In South Africa, Kasis and homelands are a result of the harsh realities that came with apartheid . . . 24 years into democracy and these ghettos have remained a major cultural complex among black people.
These environments breed philosophies of littering, violence, crime and poverty into their residents. This is where the trouble begins: when black people finally achieve success, that ghetto mentality kicks in and sabotages their accomplishments. Don’t even get me started with how people (mostly of colour) prefer to litter the streets of a country that is facing a hygiene crisis, as opposed to using dustbins.
Unfortunately, this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg; as much as apartheid is to blame for this black mentality, black people need to wake up and take control of their own destinies.
By Lebogang Mashego