Category: Thembi’s Blog


I was reading an article that said that black people can’t be racist , that it is “impossible”. I want to argue against this.

 

 

According to the dictionary, racism is “the doctrine that a certain race is superior to any or all others”.  What some people are saying is that ONLY white people are able to do this. They are saying that black people simply cannot think of other races as inferior.

To me, this kind of talk sounds very racist. It reminds me of old racist ideologies from the apartheid regime saying things like “black people can’t be educated” or “black people couldn’t run the country” which is nonsense. Saying “black people can’t do X or Y” is rubbish and has been disproved over and over.

Saying that black people can’t be racist is denying us the right to be racist, and is just another way for racists to be racist. Black people can do anything white people do, and to think otherwise is just racist.

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Chickens are a part of everyday life. We eat them every day (except for Vogue who will not eat anything that could be considered tasty). Chickens also give us eggs and curry. I have killed a chicken before, when I was much younger, and so I feel I know them better than other animals in a way. But there is an incredible story about a chicken that I would like to tell you.

Once there was a chicken called Mike. Actually, he had no name, but he would be given a name once he became famous for having his head chopped off and surviving for two years. (I hope I have not ruined the story.)

Mike was going to be beheaded in his home town in America, on a farm. The farmer who had the axe cut his head off, but he did not cut the jugular vein, which is usually the killer blow. The next morning, the farmer came back to find the body of the chicken running around with its head lying on some straw.

The chicken kept on going, and believe it or not it lived for two years without a head! They called the chicken Mike, because it was previously just known as “that chicken”. You can read more details about how it lived here.

I think if a story like this happened in rural Limpopo or KwaZulu-Natal, the international press wouldn’t believe it. There are many strange stories about animals in South African media, and sometimes it’s hard to know what is true and what is people causing trouble. For example, I remember a few years ago there was a case of a goat called Xolani, who could talk. Things did not end well for Xolani.

For most people I know, the only other notable talking animal is the talking lion called Jesus in The lion, the witch and the wardrobe. Of course, this was complete fiction, not based on fact – Jesus did not actually exist, as a lion.

But apparently a chicken that lived for two years is plausible!

Sho gents, this is what white people get up to when the economy is struggling…

It is very confusing.