Media portrays poverty as Black
Bongani Ngcobo responds to Kobedi’s article on the need for Blacks to include Whites in their campaigns if they are to be successful.
The article to which he responds, “We Need Whites & A United Front To Fight Poverty, Inequality, Unemployment & Other Socio-Economic Ills” is here http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/need-whites-united-front-fight-poverty-inequality-unemployment-socio-economic-ills/
I do agree that there seem to be an agenda to divide and conquer, to hate on the basis that somebody looks different from you. And here Im talking about promoting division among people based on class, sex, tribe ,origin and colour. If you run through the major newspapers daily, its not hard to see that trend.
The Author asserts that the #FeesMustFall was a success and then attributes the success to white inclusion. He then suggests that future success lies in inclusion of white people in campaigns.
It would be helpful to show (preferably through numbers) whether there is a cause-and-effect that leads to the conclusion that the inclusion of whites leads to success.
The author also needs to clarify if his view is that whenever we have societal challenges we must always try not to associate them with colour so as to reduce the probability of failure.
It’s not clear in my mind having read the article, the context within which the article is framed. What specific cases led to this article? It would perhaps have been helpful to give some background so that we as readers could understand the premise of the problem.
What exactly is the author saying? Is he suggesting that about 90% of the population needs to accommodate or include about 10% of mostly privileged whites to solve their rural or township problems? Is he saying that describing our lived experiences in terms of the most affected – black in this case – is the reason we find ourselves as victims of apartheid’s institutionalised policy of racism?
And the last line of the article; “we need the support of many white people, especially those who are poor as well as those who have escaped our poverty, to tackle the issues of this country. Our real enemies fear unity.” Why would the inclusion of “many whites or poor whites” increase success?Whos is the assumed enemy?
The reality is that Black people are the most affected by poverty and thus our media portrays poverty as black. Kobedi’s view that raising the race flag can hinder success to finding solutions suggests that we perhaps ought to start with the media and implore them to stop their portrayal of socio-economic issues such as poverty along racial lines so we can speedily find solutions.