Where Is The Heart of Black Youth In This Leaking Nation?
The world is in a crisis, not because of the perils of a constantly looming nuclear war between the world’s ‘superpowers’ or the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 or the evident collapse of western democracy, but because of the vast spill of the structural control of white-supremacist-capitalist-patriarchal-racist institutions from the political, social, economic, religious, spiritual and educational. It is the infused deterioration of these institutions and traditions that are the root of the widespread decomposing and stagnation that we are witnessing in just about every nation in the world. The global unrests and protests that are currently taking place at countries that are under colonial occupation and the intensifying #BlackLivesMatter and #JoziToStellenbosch movements are a by-product of a failing system. Occupied Azania which is currently known as South Africa is, in fact, no exception, the collapse of political institutions across the sphere has left the people of this country led by a government that is filled with ‘public servants’ who have had their titles but have only used them for self-gain and it has dug our ‘politically conscious’ youth to an early grave. Our country is in a leadership crisis and our youth do not understand the serious reality they face, that they will inevitably inherit this ‘country’.
The structural collapse of these political institutions has made them a tragic route to follow to orchestrate the complete revolutionary emancipation of Black people in this godforsaken country. In this banana republic, young people are in a process of quitting their ‘lucrative’ careers to join politics because it promises serene money and instant fame. We are losing a lot of capable minds in the brain drain and now politics. The parliament in Cape Town is under some sort of colonial spell, spent in the uncanny midst of destructive noises, because once you get there you stop thinking, but is that where you headed? All they do is shout insults; even the most extreme measures to manifest clear thoughts in such a foggy space are futile. Perhaps I am mistaken, just maybe I am in the wrong here for accusing our 'leaders' of not thinking. But who in their right mind quotes ‘South African’ leaders anymore? Who in these spaces of political dialogues and facilitated discussions is quoting Jacob Zuma? Bathabile Dlamini? Julius Malema? Mbuyiseni Ndlozi? Mmusi Maimane? Mosioua Lekota? Bantu Holomisa? These names I have mentioned are not useless after all, they can still be used as bad examples.
Now back to these young ‘revolutionaries’ and politicians. Those who think because they once were or still are student leaders in campuses think just because they can quote Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Frantz Fanon and Robert Sobukwe they are ‘fit’ to join politics. This generation of young people in this country is not yet fit to lead. They will hardly talk about anything which amounts to the discovery of new approaches to the current traditional & conforming narratives and how they display themselves across society. Ideally, during some of their ‘constructive’ discussions they would be commenting on recent systematic changes on the rights of queer people and imply the significance of their false masculinities by disregarding the very extent of their impersonal presence on issues affecting Black women in and across all forms of sexuality, and nothing more than that; maybe they’ll touch on Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, but that’s all. Reading Robert Greene’s ’48 Laws of Power’ or Nicollo Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ or Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ isn’t enough.
It makes you more arrogant than that cantankerous SASCO guy from campus with bad grammar and always in the company of an army of black sheep with tons of muscles. It’s no wonder our past leaders are beating us. Because they surrounded themselves with scholars well versed in world affairs going back to aeons, on education matters they did not joke. Their scholars didn’t rush through campus with handouts. For example, the President of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania Robert Sobukwe was well-versed in Politics, Economics, Law, Literature, Philosophy and African Studies. It’s a mediocre ‘country’ that we find ourselves in with a generation gone badly. We are a leaking nation. We are cursed with a Black youth that is not impatient with a revolution that will liberate us but patient with a system that oppresses us daily. Maybe there is hope. I don’t know but for most of our current generation with a lot of bling and fire in their loins, hardly.