ARAF hosted a great event yesterday, 13 February 2016, at the Africa Freedom Station in Westdene. Thank you to the panelists Ziyana Lategan and Veli Mbele and all those who attended and participated in conversations to clarify this beast called racism.
We were summoned into dealing with the historical questions of where white supremacy is really located. We found it in land theft which is the basis from which all its other branches develop to institutionalise itself as a way of life. We found ourselves wrestling with the ANC urging them to not stand in the way of us getting to the real enemy, white supremacy. Against the backdrop inter alia of the charges ARAF has laid against FW De Klerk and Adrian Vlok for their apartheid crimes that has led to the murder of hundreds of blacks and against De Klerk for his continued acts of racism – it was clear that the real enemy is white supremacy. We must defeat it so that we can breathe. Furthermore the resolution of the race question is impossible without resolving the land question. Yes, we said the main contradiction is between white supremacy and black oppression and to resolve this contradiction we need BLACK SOLIDARITY to destroy white supremacy and hence racism.
In our engagements the foĺlowing further questions were framed: What is racism? Can blacks be racist? What is structural racism? What is white supremacy? How do we identify racism in our day to day life? Why does violence on blacks have black faces? Are blacks racist because the ANC is a black government in power?
There was a loud acknowledgement to move ahead with a bloodied voice armed with the principles that the stolen land must be returned without payment to land thieves; blacks can’t be racist, and; the black struggle must be led by blacks only!
ARAF is moving towards its anti racism summit on 30 April 2016. The weekly events we have been hosting since we launched two weeks ago has been twofold: firstly in furtherance of expediting self education programs through public meetings on what racism is and how to fight and end it, and; secondly to educate our people about the dangers of criminalising racism within neo colonialism. To this end we have been urging our people to defend black people against any acts of racism.
Next week we go to the ground. We go to Soweto to have similar conversations and engagements with the community. Details will follow soon!
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14 February 2016
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