Prince Mashele: “If South Africa’s Black Middle Class Wants Respect, It Needs To Distinguish Itself In Knowledge Production, Technology & Wealth Creation”

Asserts the South African pro-capitalist author of the new book, The Death Of Our Society: “The most important lesson blacks must learn from the Chinese is that whites will take them seriously the day blacks distinguish themselves in the field of knowledge production, technology and wealth creation. Once blacks have collectively reached higher levels in this regard, whites will be forced to think of them in the same way they respect the Chinese. They will see blacks as people who are worthy of genuine respect, not the current pretence by many whites in South Africa.”

He continues his commentary: “If blacks want to get to this stage – where they are taken seriously by whites – they need to stop playing marbles and begin to take intellectual work seriously. The aim, though, must not be to please whites, but to register their presence and make a contribution to the world of scientific knowledge and technological innovation. When the black elite begin to do this, they will in turn improve the socio-economic development of their poor brothers and sisters. In South Africa, the vast majority of poor blacks still look up to a white man for a job and if the black elite do not wake up from their slumber, this could still be the case in the next 100 years.”

More: “We know by now that Kwame Nkrumah’s call for blacks to seek the political kingdom in the hope that the economic kingdom would follow was grossly misleading. To this day, the economic kingdom has yet to be added unto the African countries that gained independence in the 1960s, including Nkrumah’s own country, Ghana. While they have political power, their ‘power’ is meaningless since it fails to bring food to the tables of millions of poor Africans. As such, freedom is nothing more than an eviscerated animal.”

Mr. Mashele ain’t done yet: “If blacks wish to change their economic conditions, they must disregard Kwame Nkrumah and seek the economic kingdom now. The black middle class will have to wake up from their collective slumber and begin to work hard and be productive. They will have to stop hankering after big cars and expensive alcohol as their ultimate purpose in life. Worse, the flashy cars they drive and the snazzy fashion they wear are not made in Africa – they are made in Italy, France or China. So foolish are the black middle class that they detest clothes that are made locally and they do not drink alcohol that is brewed by a local brewer. If blacks are to make a move towards economic liberation, they must first learn an important lesson from history: that no nation ever achieved greatness on the basis of hedonism. Countries that chase consumerism without limits – such as the US – are periodically prone to calamitous bubbles.”

More commentary from Mr. Mashele: “The Chinese are not respected by whites because they wear expensive clothes or drink expensive whisky, but because they produce and innovate. For the black middle class to begin thinking like this, they need to be shaken out of the comfort zone of government jobs and to be imbued with a new spirit – a brave spirit that does not fear risk. The fear of risk is the killer of initiative. In post-colonial African states, the black middle classes mainly dream of government jobs. You find thousands of university students studying social sciences, especially the disciplines that are related to the work of state departments. On acquiring their first degrees, they all clog government departments with applications. Their first employment signals the end of learning for these people. The spirit of learning dies an instant death, and the fear of books takes over their lives like a powerful demon. To assuage their collective guilt, they develop and support each other in spreading public aversion for intellectuals. In other words, they hold hands in their blind agreement to roll down the abyss of darkness. In this self-defeating and dangerous mentality, the black middle class is not alone; it is supported by politicians who are themselves entrepreneurs of ignorance.”