South Africa : Black South Africa Rediscovers Itself – Will Black America?

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    by executive editor Glen Ford

    South Africa appears poised to reclaim its revolutionary legacy from the clutches of
    the African National Congress, which has “devolved into a fat and corrupt partner of
    white capital.” As the Age of Obama nears its end, Black America must also awake
    from the catastrophe of racial symbolism and self-delusion.

    With the death of Mandela, the spell has been broken in South Africa.”

    African Americans and Black South Africans have shared a special relationship within
    the larger African Diaspora. Both peoples struggled against entrenched white settler
    regimes obsessed with racial separation and European supremacy, societies that had
    grown fantastically rich on stolen land and labor. Gil Scott-Heron expressed the Black
    American-South African affinity in 1976 when he asked, lyrically, What’s the word in
    Johannesburg – Detroit’s like Johannesburg, New York’s like Johannesburg, where
    “freedom ain’t nothing but a word.”

    Of course, Blacks have always been the great majority in South Africa, and a distinct
    minority in the United States. But there are many cities in the U.S. where Blacks are
    the majority, and yet rich white people still run the place. On both sides of the
    Atlantic, we have learned that there is no magic in numbers; that people still have to
    fight for power.

    It is also true that long-suffering people who are hungry for recognition as human
    beings are often vulnerable to the seductions of symbolism. Having no memory of
    ever holding actual power, they take pride in beholding the trappings of power among
    notables of their own race – just as poor church congregations clothe their ministers
    in the finest garments and buy them expensive automobiles.

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