'It's important that it is us black people who critique one another honestly'

Former Business Day editor and author of Raising the Bar: Hope and Renewal in South Africa, Songezo Zibi, has written an essay about what he says is a needed moment of reflection for black people when addressing issues of corruption and unethical leadership, for example.

In his News24 piece titled 'Recover' blackness' butchered during Zuma years', Zibi writes:

When did we, as black people, lose the ability to identify clear principles and stand by them especially when our own violate those principles? Is it the collective trauma of white racism that drives us to a mentality where irrational closing of ranks is a natural instinct even though we end up protecting and helping those who seek to destroy?

Typically, some will ask what about private sector harassment of black professionals? What about white corruption? Well, it is precisely that sort of thing that has got us where we are, the what-about-ism. It is a well-tried argument that is no different to crying "all lives matter" when told "black lives matter". It is a cowardly, self-serving cop-out designed to engineer a moral deadlock where no wrong is to be corrected because there is another competing wrong that deserves to be dealt with first.

Zibi joined Eusebius McKaiser in studio on Tuesday to discuss this in more detail.

Let us question whether there isn't an ethical foundation to being black [using the term colloquially] rather than being a matter of skin colour. Do you stand for the right things for the interests of black people in South Africa's context of colonialism, apartheid and continuing racist experiences of black people in different spaces?

Songezo Zibi, Former Business Day editor and author

I think it is particularity important that it is us black people who critique one another honestly so that we may have the kind of society that we want to build.

Songezo Zibi, Former Business Day editor and author

My biggest frustration over the years is that even though the discourse says we are trying to deal with white supremacy and racism, in many ways we centre our foundation for thought around these things on white people, whiteness and what they do.

Songezo Zibi, Former Business Day editor and author

I want to think about black people for a change and what black people should do for themselves and this country.

Songezo Zibi, Former Business Day editor and author

Click on the link below to hear the full discussion...


This article first appeared on 702 : 'It's important that it is us black people who critique one another honestly'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Tips on how to recover from infidelity

Tips on how to recover from infidelity

Dr Eve says if what you are doing will hurt your partner then that is infidelity.

[LISTEN] Prison rape: A survivor tells his story

[LISTEN] Prison rape: A survivor tells his story

Isak Sass shares his story with Eusebius McKaiser and the rest of the 702 listeners.

702 listener shares how a good deed on Mandela Day changed his life

702 listener shares how a good deed on Mandela Day changed his life

Patrick says he met Thokozile Mahlangu on Mandela Day and his life changed for the good.

What are your rights when you're retrenched?

What are your rights when you're retrenched?

Labour law expert Ronelle De Jager explains the retrenchment process and employees rights.

[LISTEN] 'Lobola should not be exclusive to heterosexuals'

[LISTEN] 'Lobola should not be exclusive to heterosexuals'

A panel discusses whether or not lobola has a place in same-sex marriages.

[LISTEN] 'David Genaro has colonised every cell inside me'

[LISTEN] 'David Genaro has colonised every cell inside me'

Actor Jamie Bartlett chats to Eusebius about his long-running role on Rythm City, his childhood and being a father.

Popular articles
'Public land must be used for public good first, that's why I stopped the sale'

'Public land must be used for public good first, that's why I stopped the sale'

Minister de Lille says it's urgent to deal with apartheid spatial planning, and she wasn't consulted about disposal of this land.

[VIDEOS AND PHOTOS] SANDF troops finally roll into the Cape Flats

[VIDEOS AND PHOTOS] SANDF troops finally roll into the Cape Flats

Residents were out on the streets to watch the troops arriving in Manenberg and Hanover Park on Thursday afternoon.

You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a forensic analysis of the Russia-based app. Check it out.

[LISTEN] W Province Tourism allays fears after Mount Nelson Hotel robbery

[LISTEN] W Province Tourism allays fears after Mount Nelson Hotel robbery

W Cape Economic Development and Tourism Deputy DG, Rashid Toefy, talks about the impact this may have on the industry.

Beware 'dodgy' Nadal vs Federer ticket offers

Beware 'dodgy' Nadal vs Federer ticket offers

The Roger Federer Foundation says no ticket platforms are yet in possession of, nor have guaranteed allocation of tickets.

[LISTEN] Voice of the underworld - a 'retired' Cape Flats gangster speaks out

[LISTEN] Voice of the underworld - a 'retired' Cape Flats gangster speaks out

Jason is a 50-year-old former member of The Americans, the largest street gang operating in Cape Town.

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

'Batchelor was once close to Mikey Schultz and self-confessed Kebble killers'

Journalist and author Mandy Wiener describes former footballer Marc Batchelor's links to alleged underworld figures.