Editing by Kagiso Maloma
Editing by Kagiso Maloma
Mike Schussler & His Failed attempt At Rewriting History
It is the American intellectual and NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabber who wrote recently in a piece for Time magazine that ‘…education is under attack by people wishing to rewrite history’. In such cases it is mostly people who should know better than to reimagine the truth to fit their own personal agendas. In 2013, November 11, one Mike Schussler, a respected economist in South Africa, published an article on Fin24 recklessly titled ‘Economists explains why whites earn more’. From that title alone you almost get a sense of what is to come in the article: white arrogance justifying itself. But bear with me. Read the rest of this entry »
My open letter to world leaders
First let me congratulate you for doing a great job, no matter how small it is I believe in between lying to your people, killing your people and stealing from them you do little good maybe to quench your own guilty conscious. It doesn’t really matter why you send medical teams to the disaster stricken West Africa, all what matters is lives are saved.
Now let me start with you America, am tired of your bullying tactics. Ever since you started invading people’s countries in the name of peace can you kindly point out one country that has finally achieved peace. Do you even know any different method to create peace without invading the skies, waters and grounds of other nations with your blood hungry troops. For years I have believed the blue color lie that America is the most generous country, that is why it invest billions in military grade ammunition and technology, too generous that is why it is always ready for war not only on their soil but anywhere in the world is their battle field. Coming from a peace maker this is shocking what kind of peace involve more bombings, more attacks and more billion dollar bloodshed from the billion dollar bullets that not only take lives but take opportunities from American kids.
The next bully is you Russia, even though I don’t buy into the Americanized version of Russia that America has made popular via TV, my judgment about you don’t fall far away from being ruthless an greedy. Common sense tell me business is about demand and supply and if there were to be peace then they won’t be demand for weapons, and that means they won’t be profit for you. What trouble me is the abundance of weapons that terrorist poses, interestingly other states can’t afford such quantity and grade of weapons. As to who purchase this weapons, when, where and why? Remain a mystery, the one that our useless UN has so far managed to ignore. Well I suppose US find no interest in this mystery hence the ignorance from UN, but someone make this purchase for this terrorist and the supplier should come clean.
The new kid on the block doesn’t give the human nation any hope; the willingness to go to war displayed by china leave a sour taste in my mouth. We all know money come with its own perks, and looks like China opted for aggressiveness as number one on the list, and like the old saying says “when the elephants fight it is the grass that suffer” if this power houses could go to war then sadly the third world countries will be the first to be wiped out by the devastating poverty that will come as a result.
As if our leaders are not doing enough damage already, we also have to struggles with individuals who cannot accept, tolerate or least respect the diverse religious spectra this universe offer. What scares me about these individuals, who mobilize to form even more dangerous extremist movements, is their willingness to kill others for simply not buying into their religion. This extremist movements have zero respect for other groups, irrespective of whether you violent or not if you get caught thinking the country or world should be ran in accordance to your religion, you are an extremist only shot of guns bombs and a death wish. Wish all religious leaders can meet discus this and go back to explain to their people no religion is superior to the other.
When one is still worried about the rate of bomb killings in the world, thief’s find a chance to pocket government funds, create get rich quick scams and give them fancy names that appeal to majority but work for minority. Bribe become the order of the day and corruption consume all the possibilities, third world countries produce the highest paid presidents, third world countries spend money they don’t have spoiling ministers who spend half the time in office clueless what they have to do. Executives appointed on the basis of political affiliation, family member or loyalty to individuals rather than course. Africa producing a string of longest serving presidents and lowest progress in the process, free and fair elections threatened by guns and outcomes that are met by revolts, specializing in genocide, xenophobia and leaders who offer nothing, can Africans protect their Africa from anyone who tries to steal it or steal from it.
We have kept quit for way too long, if there is a perfect time to solve all this issues is now.
Before we call any leader to ICC let us call Bush and Obama for the killings in the middle east, and just a random thought do you all believe the 911 was orchestrated from a cave in the middle of nowhere, with camels and sheep’s? I really don’t want us to go deeper into technical details because it is a lost cause. Accidentally every country with oil reservoirs happens to have terrorist and peace makers have been there since they were 19 years old an soon they will be retiring.
This poem is undated, it is neither truth, fiction nor lie. It’s what you make of it…
I’m a South African
For I call my two room bedroom house a compound, a part of my inspiration is a youth league graduate formerly introduced to the world as a trouble maker, I defy the Westernized rules by entering parliament with a miner and domestic worker’s uniform.
I’m a South African
The guy who drives me to work every morning scares me more than my boss; I know I could be great but I chose to do just enough. I overly celebrate goals that do not matter like my national team, culture and tradition were once well deep rooted in me, but for now I’m just comfortable being my own Man Crush on any given Monday, with my skhothane shoes being the second ugliest thing apart from my bad credit. Ke phela ka skoloto.
Who am I? I’m ‘The village boy that bought a fancy German car’
Genius Level was never taught to me yet I’ve managed to flirt with it. One of my dreams include going to UCT and becoming a Chartered Accountant. My parents are overly proud of me having made it to University, yet see the confusion in their eyes when asked as to what am I studying?
I’m a South African
I complain about not having the time to do my work yet I spent hours on the TV anticipating dragon fights and a winter that never came. I hate my own kind but I always seem to get attached to TV characters.
I’m a South African
In the commercial playground I’m referred to as newly issued shares.I hang around with other blue chip countries and trade on the stock market with them. I ask for no privileges and sympathy as I know I will one day make it, for one who makes it the hardest, makes it the best. Expensive bottles give me the drive I need to hunger for Le good life I’m gonna attain when I do it big. I don’t wanna be on the cover of a Forbs magazine, I intend being on the cover of my own magazine.
I got shot while I was trying to draw a baby bottle out of my waist in attempts to feed a young nation that hungers for guidance. The African Robin Hood, ba mpitsa Tsotsi.
I’m a South African
With Maleven being my role model, I really should not complain about the crime in this country. I plan to win at this thing called life, but first I have to tell the twitter community about it. At times I actually do feel like I should just get off social media and get a job.
I’m a South African
Fear not, for I am a newly issued share, the market has opened its doors for me and I plan on diversifying my knowledge base and earn return on my efforts. I’m well educated, my library was the river bank where disposal trucks dumbed off millions worth of knowledge inscribed on paper. I turn negatives into positives, hatred into forgiveness. I am young at heart, amazing, motivated and driven!! With one thing in mind, success and beyond!
This is what makes me a South African…
“So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior”. – Steven Biko
Okay, let me start off the article by apologising, I am doing so because this is going to be an intense and maybe a little offensive article and I think my last on the subject *could be my first as well, not sure* But I would not be doing myself and my new found revolutionary spirit *mmmh-clears throat (as I find this extremely funny) forgive me for laughing at my own jokes* justice if I don’t write this! This is after all for our kids……..I read an article that was truly shocking, interesting, frustrating, angering, annoying and sad, all at the same damn time *pick an emotion* in the report a bleak picture of transformation in the workplace was painted, with the top management structures, nationally still being dominated by whites at 70%, with blacks at 13.6%, Indians 8.4%, coloureds 4.7% and foreigners 3.4% (http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/bleak-job-equity-picture-as-whites-still-dominate-1.1890966#.VbdvU6P8JHY) this is frustrating because it means we are struggling with transformation in the country! It is shocking and annoying because reality is, one party is unwilling to move for unity and peace sake! And sad because the more they delay, the more the divide occurs, does this mean racism will never end? Does this mean we will constantly be in a state of us and them?
Amazingly you will hear so many detractors of AA, EE and all other sorts of laws put in place to try and right the injustices against 80% of the population, failing to understand purposefully that affirmative action is not about demanding that someone without talent be given a position but about asking the powerful to notice the unnoticed *and you my friend! Are the unnoticed, yes you darkie working hard in your lil corner! I’m talking to you*. Pierre De Vos said in his article In black and white: the truth about ‘unconstitutional’ race quotas in universities, “Ironically, many of the children and grandchildren of those white Afrikaners who benefited from unfair racial discrimination in the past and who, in turn, today enjoy educational and financial privileges because their parents benefited from racial oppression and discrimination, now fight against the implementation of redress measures in the name of non-racialism. Talk about Orwellian (n adjective describing the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society, Don’t worry I got youJ ) double-speak”.
According to the report in the Western Cape, white males 63.8% were over-represented in top management, followed by Mpumalanga 60.2%, Eastern Cape 59.4% and Free State 59.2%, all this is despite the coloured group making up 50.2% of the total economically active population, followed by blacks at 31.7%, whites 17.1% and Indians 1% *The figures were for economically active people*. And now you will hear all the racists or uninformed going “but black people are not equipped for management? Not properly qualified?” Whatever excuse they can come with to try and shield their prejudices. I have heard too many horror stories of black professionals in corporate South Africa! Too many and I refuse to believe that all those people could not handle the space or were not achievers! See, the problem with Corporate SA is, it has proven time and again that it doesn’t want US! You will find so many of them unlearned as much as you are and not as hardworking, but at the top and you are told, “You are not good enough or smart enough” *Yes! With your cum laude degree in hand and hard earned experience*, because you are not part of the “boys club”……..The boys club, camping, yachting, golfing and all those things that they get to do together over the weekend, wherein you are not invited and will never be, thus it being a cycle of them being comrades and YOU on the outs! WELCOME TO CORPORATE SA CHAPS!!!!!!!!
Okay, now for the offensive bits, I am of the opinion that Indian (and Chinese but that’s not offensive as they are not black! I’m sorry, I’m unapologetic about that) people must be removed from the black classification, See from 1994 to 2014, skilled black professionals increased by 3% versus Indian/Asian professionals who increased by 26%, Black unemployment was standing at 40% versus 18% of the Indian/Asian population group. About 20% of all blacks with degrees were unemployed versus about 6% of Indian/Asian. All this with Africans at 80% *yes I had to say it again to make my point!* and Indian/ Asian at 2.5%, SOUTH AFRICA! ALIVE WITH POSSIBILITIES, RIGHT? *Only if you are not black I guess* I don’t dislike Indian people *hell I don’t even dislike White people* I am just being honest, the reality is white people find it easier to socialize with Indian people than black people and therein lies the conundrum!!!! For their EE or AA rating, they would rather hire them than US! A sad but true story….
“The Department of Labour is in the process of finalising its first-ever court case in order to ask the labour court to force companies‚ especially bigger corporations‚ to comply with the Employment Equity Act or face a fine”. Thobile Lamati‚ the Director-General‚ said that “some 1‚400 employers across the country had failed to submit their employment equity reports despite this being a requirement by the law”. This came as the Commission for Employment Equity announced white males continue to dominate management positions in the South African economy‚ while the appointment of Africans into those positions is “moving at a snail’s pace”. “There is no effort to embrace the spirit of employment equity. “In terms of the SA economy at management level‚ it is still business as usual as it was prior to democracy.
According to the report‚ 70% of whites remain in leadership positions while Africans only have 13.6% representation in top management!
Now, for the last offensive bit, we need to also be honest as black people about how many of our brothers and sisters are failing to mentor and pull one up! Yes I said it….we have a tendency to want to be the only ones shining, once you make it, you close doors for everyone else! WHY? So, that you can act and feel big at KONG? OR SWAY? WHY? I mean really, you find one black dude sitting on ten boards at the same damn time! As long as you are part of the boys club screw everybody right? You made it! *Blah! Blah! Blah!* that is a huge part of why all the laws are not working, we are our own worst enemies…..failing to see the big picture! See, you are failing to help me now and next I will be failing to help your kids when I’m fat and powerful……
Also, we need to start our own companies fellas…..we need to hire our own and appreciate black excellence, we need to fight government to stop giving the black child a mediocre education that will keep them in poverty! Education that will enslave them to being employees and never the innovators or bosses! Also, we need to be honest when we look at ourselves and fellow colleagues, are they giving more than I am giving? AM I truly honestly deserving of the accolades? *actually screw this part! Some of them are not deserving but fuc*ers still getting that ever elusive promotion* Point is, if this shyt doesn’t get resolved now, we will always carry an US and them in the corporate space! Be A BLACK RENEGADE always go against the system and do the unexpected! Excel always! Lift others up! Stand up and stand out! Don’t fit in at your own detriment! I am of the opinion that all black people must be revolutionaries in the space that they have occupied *Not for ourselves but for our kids and to get the ball of change happening*
By Nthabiseng Lucia Tselapedi
He told tales…
Sad tales of the black child.
He spoke of how he was shackled,
Chained and sold.
He related to me
Stories of slavery,
How the black child went from
To a servant,
Even though he once ruled
And lavished in his pride,
For royalty sake of his kingdom, Africa.
He took me on a journey,
Far over centuries,
Well out of time,
Outside the bounds of our realm.
I saw things I’d never seen,
I heard things I’d never heard,
I felt things I’d never felt.
I saw death
I heard cries
And I was petrified.
I saw more and more and more death.
The black child disgraced,
Yet, even more and more and more black children were born.
Each stronger than the ones before
They were brave.
And they fought back.
Against the system,
Against the whip slinger,
Against the nigger caller,
Against the kaffer commander,
Because he was told that he was a king.
He was told this because the ones before never forgot.
The legend said that our escapades weren’t for sheer entertainment,
He said that he needed to remind me, a black child
Of my ancestors’ story.
To show me that
For as long as the black child lives
A struggle will always lurk.
But, for as long as the struggle lurks
My ancestry has fortified me
And boldness resides in me.
Adequate enough to fight
And find with all my might.
Then he asked
“What are you fighting for child?’
Before I could answer,
My vision cleared
And my eyes opened to the view of the ceiling,
With my mouth open
And tears streaming down my cheeks.
It was all a dream….
“I feel like Youtube is the biggest culprit_Them niggas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get”
This song addresses Spotify and other streaming services, along with the way Tidal has been portrayed in the media. The song was performed during his Tidal B-Sides concert, on the 16th of May in New York.
So I’m the bad guy now I hear, because I don’t go with the flow
Don’t ever go with the flow, be the flow
And I don’t need no middle man to talk to my niggas
I understand if you don’t understand, I figure I’m Jigga
That’s where we differ
I take what’s mine, you accept what they they give you, I get you
I don’t take no checks I take my respect
Pharrell even told me go with the safest bet
Jimmy Iovine offered a safety net
Google dangled around a crazy check
I feel like Youtube is the biggest culprit
Them niggas pay you a tenth of what you supposed to get
You know niggas die for equal pay right?
You know when I work I ain’t your slave right?
You know I ain’t shucking and jiving and high fiving
You know this ain’t back in the days right?
But I can’t tell, how the way they killed Freddie Gray right
Shot down Mike Brown how they did Tray right?
Let them continue choking niggas
We gonna turn style, I ain’t your token nigga
You know I came in this game independent right?
Tidal, my own label, same difference
Oh niggas is skeptical as their own shit
You bought 9 iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich
Phil Knight worth trillions you still bought those kicks
Spotify is 9 billion they ain’t say shit
Lucy you got some splaining to do
The only one they hating on look the same as you
That’s cool, I know they trying to bamboozle you
Spending millions on media trying to confuse you
I had to talk to myself, Hov you used to it
It’s politics as usual