POWER OF LANGUAGE Be careful what you wish for Revolutions never end, the war against inequity is a battle to Judgment day, good and bad are directly related in the Ying-Yang paradigm and will continually battle each other for the souls of humanity. If our social language is ill equipped to articulate liberation within the cultural, social-economic paradigm then oppression will inert itself in the very mechanisms created to stamp out oppression in the first place. The BEE program of South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation are two such systems, which show how the evils of racism are allowed to go free at the expense of the majority of the people. Both show bad social grammar and these weaknesses have become infected with the seeds of oppression and misdirection. If we do not clearly define "development" we will end up with crumbs from someone else’s table, roads which extract all our minerals, ports that help ship them away and airports that fly in the people to do it. Politicians will then say look we have more roads, ports and airports -- but at what price? Expecting a politician to be honest is like expecting a coal miner to come home clean. As long as you understand the nature of a thing, you can use it. You can use fire if you understand fire, and just like fire a politician is a beautiful servant but a terrible master. Politicians can be made to serve us if we understand what they need to exist and hold them accountable. And when the people have power of persuasion a new crop of people serving politicians will emerge, as in Venezuela, who must speak the language the people want to here. The legacy of puppets of a foreign master in Venezuela is so strong only a hardliner anti-imperialist can ever hope of leading the country, because that is what the people demand. Shouting for freedom without a moral compass on “freedom” has left a generation culturally bankrupt. Self-determination without clarity on the values of Pan-Africanism has left Eritrea in conflict with Ethiopia. Self-determination should have served the interest of both groups for a greater unification of the continent, not for increase balkanization. Laws are not etched in solid rock and the very constitution, which is modeled on values of freedom, and justice for all is too easily turned to protect the interest of the ruling class. It is not an American “Made in Africa” appears on the back of a product in the global market and it gets the global African signature. However, “Made in Africa” is not “Made by Africans.” It might very well be Made in Africa by Afrikaners; some of the most racist Whites on planet Earth. Now everything has changed, because liberation and justice need clarity. Open definitions, all-inclusive terms leave the victims of oppression open to a new oppression. “Black Business Sores in 2010” But the problem is in South Africa Chinese and Indians are economically considered “Black” so yes business has soared but only among Chinese and Indians. The battle for linguistic control of terms is a neglected battle in the African world. Every term is imposed with very little imposition from the African side. Loose Western definitions float around terms like Feminism, human rights, secular, democracy and best of all freedom. With all the broad applications of human freedom, the very first expression in the New South Africa was the freedom to be amoral. The freedom to break away from the principles of culture and history. The freedom to adopt the neo-liberal values of Western nations. Freedom was not expressed in the need to engage in more African-centered studies, build new cultural values, or expand the realm of possibility. And so too was the case with “freedom of speech” if the only expression comes in the form of de The New Post-Apartheid Voice of South African Cinema. A new season of films from South Africa hosted at the British Film Institution (BFI). Yet 80% of the films are made by Whites, 99% of the films speak to the politics which support White domination. The role of the government is to create a conducive environment, which sparks to African genius. Snatching wealth from people on its own will not fix the problems of economic apartheid in South Africa. However, conditions on the ground must be challenged and changed to restore the imbalance of Apartheid. Any man, independent of race, who uses his mind justly to create wealth, has a right to that wealth. Development demand that the genius of men be protected by the laws. But genius is a byproduct of privilege and if that privilege which fosters genius is injust then the entire wealth is flawed. Now in South Africa that restoration must target the root of genius, holistic education. So it is strange that if education is the foundation of genius why would not more investment go into free university education for African people?