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decolonization of the mind ....in south african context
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Last edited: Thursday, November 08, 2007
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The need for black south africans to free themselves from the past aprtheid anxiety.

Decolonization of the mind of South Africans black in particular is one of the topic that is being heavily discussed by psychologists and media in broad. The importance of the topic to be discussed is also to exhume in its weight and also to clarify the new black generation is in this state.I would say that it is impossible to decolonize the state of mind that is not colonized or to say that you can not heal a healthy person.

To create a foundation of understanding I will try to display the history of South Africa in a nut-shell. The South Africa of the then government of the whites oppressed blacks in many ways. To them black people never existed in their class as people, black people were not having human rights. Given the harshness of the white government to a particular extent blacks lost their personal value and integrity over the Afrikaners and whites.

It was the thinking and the implementation of the white government of apartheid to introduce policies that really chase south Africans were they belong..home(south Africa).One wise man said that "Africa belongs to Africans" the very same apartheid government was clear on their intentions to segregate blacks from enjoying life in their own country. Their practices were of the following racism, discrimination and a class society. The continual of such oppression and the way the black were treated it physically and psychologically crippled them for many years to an extent where some had to live in mountains away from civilization.

Blacks were forced to agree that they are inferior to whites in every sphere of life. Due to the fact that the whites where owning the government machinery and resources blacks had to circum. We can not run away from the fact that the then academic centers of whites where providing quality education, therefore blacks tried to send their kids to get proper education but the system of discrimination did not allow them because black where not supposed to be friends to whites or even in marriage all of these because of skin color.

Many today still complain that the reason why they are in this pool of darkness and poverty is the apartheid regime meaning its whites. The fact that many South African youth today are not employed with or without skills is because of the past. Many families are left fatherless and motherless and poverty became the odder of their life due to the apartheid regime. The blame is then shifted to the whites as imperialists and capitalists in general in the South African context.

The direct or indirect victims of apartheid regime being blacks are therefore directly or indirectly affected by what happened. Many had suppressed the unpleasant thoughts that leading to repression due to their emotional and psychological disturbances. One old and wise man said that if you want to defeat your opponent you must defeat the mind first. To a larger extent it is undeniable that the apartheid regime left us with nothing but destruction of south Africa character and more importance economic wise left ill-growing development programmes be it in sports, education etc

The truth of the matter is that we have been living in the desired state of life being a democratic lifestyle for more than a decade now; still some people are blaming the then white’s government of apartheid. There are few points that these kind of people are really did not put in to inner understanding. One of many reasons why some people are still of blaming the then government is due to not accepting what happened and then in the process they developed hatred and anxiety.

Many we still blame the very same government for our failures that are occurring now ten to twelve years away from apartheid. This is the results of physical liberation but not the cognitive/psychological state. I can declare that many blacks are still afraid to approach a white person on a social level or even to engage in relationship due to the illusion that was created by the apartheid government. Until people are set free from these kinds of illusions the inch we will be moving away from a cognitive colonization.
The only thing to do as victims of the apartheid era is to accept that yes it happened and forgive and move on in life understanding the new south Africa is born more than ten years ago. I also believe that is time as original owners of south Africa to live like kings and hold our head high in every sphere and centimeter of this country. AFRICA SHALL UNITE.



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