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“The Young’uns are Angry. And that is Great” – Khaya Dlanga Applauds Liberatory Student Protests

To Quote MyselfKhaya Dlanga, social media maverick and author of To Quote Myself, recently wrote an article for News24 about the student protest movements that have shaken up South Africa this year.

“The young’uns are angry.” Dlanga writes, “And that is great.”

He says by movements like Rhodes Must Fall and Open Stellenbosch, student protestors are showing the country that white domination still underpins many important South African institutions. He asks, “Do we really have freedom or do we live in an era of pretend freedom?”

Dlanga refers to his own struggle to gain education and employment, for the historical reasons that everyone in this country knows intimately.

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As I say in my book, To Quote Myself, (let me quote myself), “The biggest challenge for black students who come from poor backgrounds and go to institutions of higher learning is not that they struggle because they are dumb. Rather, they struggle because the system is too dumb to understand their plight. There is no willingness to understand their problems, to help them navigate these uncharted territories. We have to learn the hard way and those who don’t manage to make it, end up dealing with self-doubt all their lives.

“In some ways, I felt penalised by the system for being black and poor… Even though the system had now been opened to me, and people like me, it wasn’t designed to accommodate me.”

Even now, in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2015, black students feel marginalised in the institutions they are in. The institutions are not designed to accommodate them. This goes from the universities right down to the work place.

 

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