• All Share : 48515.1341
    DOWN -2.92%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 42979.7709
    DOWN -3.09%
    Financial 15 : 15827.5998
    DOWN -3.19%
    Industrial 25 : 62445.3481
    DOWN -2.72%
    Resource 10 : 34164.5481
    DOWN -4.66%

  • ZAR/USD : 13.4255
    UP 1.08%
    ZAR/GBP : 20.5103
    UP 0.95%
    ZAR/EUR : 15.1893
    UP 2.18%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.112
    UP 2.85%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.4162
    DOWN -0.28%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1135.31
    Platinum US$/oz : 1008.1
    Silver US$/oz : 14.64
    Palladium US$/oz : 599.8
    Brent Crude : 52.91

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Wed Sep 02 00:20:36 SAST 2015

Mental slavery remains: iLIVE

Keith Garrod, Noordhoek | 23 November, 2012 00:07
Professor Jonathan Jansen. File photo.

Jonathan Jansen is undoubtedly very clever for a "black" South African. ("'Clever' slur lives on", yesterday).

Professor Jansen is able to coherently articulate a reasoned argument. Sadly, most black South Africans I encounter can not do this.

I do not mean that as a racist comment. I am in no way suggesting that white people are superior to black people.

However, what is clear and indisputable is that the average level of education of the white people in this country is far higher than that of black people.

This is the root cause of most of the problems that we face in South Africa, including racism.

The high correlation between race and education level makes it far too easy to prematurely judge a person's intellectual capacity on the basis of their skin colour.

If people were as "equal" when they left school as they are when they are born, racism would be relegated to the lunatic fringe, as it is in most developed countries.

Bantu education was the greatest of the atrocities committed by the apartheid government. Our democratically elected government's failure to redress that crime after 20 years is no less an atrocity.

The difference is that now there is no one to blame but ourselves. What is the point of our hard-won democracy if we don't use it to fix these fundamental problems?

As a person of European descent, I can say my traditional culture has made some wonderful contributions to the world, such as formal education and law, and some shameful ones, such as colonisation and slavery.

Learning and law are contributions that we can be proud of. The practice of conquering and enslaving weaker nations is one that is better abandoned.

Culture is not fixed at a point in time. It is, and should be, constantly evolving. If we really want to create a better life for all, we need to keep what works for us and abandon what works against us. It is futile to cling to traditions for the sake of it.

If we keep doing what we have always done, we will keep getting what we always got.

Sadly for Africa, that is not much.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.