Black People vs Intellect & Honesty
I have written quiet a lot on my grievances with Black people and the way most of them think and I don’t recall touching on this particular issue that does grate my cheese.
It is connected to an article that I have written in the past concerning the PHD (pull him down) attitude that seems to govern our people. To be frank, Black people have an issue with intellect and honesty. In my life I have had the privilege of interacting deeply with most races and this privilege has exposed me to a lot of issues that are holding us back as a people.
On the issue of intellect and honesty, I am one of those people that take pride in the fact that I have a thirst for knowledge and a fascination with honesty in the form of frankness. If I hear of something that I have no knowledge of, I run to the internet and read up in order to upgrade myself which is why I have an informed opinion on most subject matters and I am not selfish not to share my knowledge when in a discussion. When it comes to honesty, I pride myself in the fact that nobody in my life is unaware of where they stand with me. I am not one for hidden agendas because I hate the thought of misrepresenting myself. Having said that, I am not the type of individual that serves honesty with malice as I feel that takes away from the fact that you wear your heart on your sleeves and puts you in the bitchy category which is an unattractive quality.
Now back to Black people and the issue that I have with them in this regard, as I mentioned, I have shared dinner table conversations with all races. In doing so, I have noticed that when you impart knowledge among Indian and White people there is a sense of gratitude and appreciation. When you are frank without being rude to a White or Indian person there is also a sense of gratitude and appreciation. That sense of appreciation is from the thought that you did not go behind their backs and gossiped but you had the respect and courage to tell them personally how you feel.
With MOST Black people it is a different story, honesty is viewed as disrespect and inappropriateness. There are certain lines that I have only heard from Black people. Lines such as; “ukhuluma ngoba ufunde kakhulu. (You are talking because of this education of yours)” or “ucabanga ukuthi ungcono (you think you are better than me)”. Black people have a way of making you feel bad for the fact that you are smart and intelligent. They have a way of redefining humility as being meek and a dim version of which you are. It is as almost to say, it is okay to be smart as long as you don’t exhibit it in my presence. Which is why in all of Nelson Mandela’s quotes, the one that I appreciate is, “You are not doing anyone a favour by being less than who you are.”
I have noticed in my life that 90% of people that have decided that they do not need me in their lives all state the same reason that I think I know it all. It is not that I speak rubbish or the fact that I am wrong in the things that I say to them; it is the fact that I think that I know it all. Instead of having the balls to challenge my views and hopefully help me learn from them or vice versa; their response is to hate me. This kind of attitude serves nobody any good and it is the reason why Black people on public debates, even here, opt to attack you instead of your views.
Whenever you say something that most Black people do not agree with, their initial reaction is to sling mud at you instead of breaking down your argument and showing you where you might possibly be wrong. This is born out of the attitude of responding with, “ukhuluma ngoba ufunde kakhulu”. It is a sad unwillingness to learn from one another and the appreciation of honest opposing views. Sadly, we now have a government that works in the same principle, If you say anything against the ANC, the response is to expose dirt and publicly discredit you as a person without responding to the valid points that you made and because this country is filled with Black people that are enslaved by the mentality that I’m addressing here; we are quick to focus on the person’s dirt instead of the issues that they brought to the table.
Back to Black people and their hatred for honesty and intelligence; this is something that we all seriously need to work on. There is so much that we can learn from one another if we listen to each other without initially thinking that the other party (excuse the pun) is out to get us. I honestly learn a lot from the smart people around me, when I meet someone smart, my initial reaction is to extract as much knowledge from them as possible in order to be upgraded the next time I find myself in a debate with other people on the same topic.
Whenever someone approaches me and tells me (without malice) how they feel towards a view that I have expressed or something that I have done, I listen and appreciate as we are living in a world where people are fake and eager to tell you what you want to hear due to hidden agendas that they may have.
These are just one of the things that are hindering our growth as Black people. Change is needed.
By Mablerh ©