Extract from Khaya Dlanga’s The Youngsters Series Book: In My Arrogant Opinion
In an extract from his The Youngsters series book, In My Arrogant Opinion, Khaya Dlanga outlines the reasons why black people still talk about apartheid. The following piece was published in the latest issue of the Sunday Independent:
When we blame the legacy of apartheid most white people take it as a personal attack on them for having benefited from the system. Or they accuse blacks of refusing to take responsibility for whatever is going wrong in the country.
This is not the case. Blaming the legacy of apartheid is an attack on the system. We are not asking you to feel guilty. If anyone needs to get over anything, it is white people who walk around carrying guilt. This guilt might paralyse or even make them unwitting racists. Or worse, cause them to overcompensate, thus wiping away any sincerity in their efforts to balance the past. White guilt won’t solve the problems of this country. If anything, it will bring about resentment and that will take us back. We are not interested in moving backwards.
- In My Arrogant Opinion by Khaya Dlanga
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