Thursday, December 5, 2013

Madiba, You Can Go Now!

Tribute to Mandela

Remarkable! You not only existed, you truly lived
Blessed generations to be endowed with peaceful deeds
True greatness is never lost across all times
Through the rough of it all the peace bell still chimed
We walk every day in the shadows of oppression
Weakness of heart you tied down in joyous suppression
They called you Rolihlahla in tribal symbolism
And what a good trouble you brought us in true nationalism
You troubled the trouble to breed precise humility
You broke the back of oppression with crystal simplicity
Our heavy hearts rewind to your remarkable African-ness
All the dark faces have been shown the truest kindness
It’s remarkable the inspiration wasn’t foreign
You twined the mind and heart in a consistent run
We could have picked up guns and spears
But Madiba’s emerged to simplify our fears
We’ve always been trampled on for so much a time
We’ve absorbed immorality and divine crime
But darkness and hatred is what you despised
27 you weathered so simply with no hate inside
Who knew hatred is weakness presented as spite?
You’ve shown that spite and hatred is a weakness desire
Who now talks fondly of your jailors except the stinky mire
Values and virtues the true height and driver of civilizations
If only they become the light for every nation
You’ve shown with remarkable fervor their validity
The African Self is a box full of values quiddity
The ingenious tradition and African-ness unmatched
Generations will smile-in Madiba’s life from scratch
Forgiveness always is what you’ve forever sown
Humility in deeds is what we’ve come to know
Race is only a concept if not an intellectual quest
Madiba, you’re gone but we’re left with a clean path, I guess
Why should we cry when your humility is here?
Why would we mourn when your deeds I hear?
We’ve not built rockets and cars
But Mandela has been ours
You can go now, Madiba!
The life you lived is the way the world should be!

Copyright 2013 Kuirthiy



As someone who grew up in war conditions and lived as a refugee for a long time, I'm sometimes considered by many people in the 'west' to be prone to (or have) low self-esteem, be poor or illiterate. Living as refugees or displaced persons, who depended on the good will of others put people in a situation where they don't think much about themselves. But that's not everyone though.

As I stood by our front desk at my place work talking about Race and Identity in relation to my book, Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?, the issue of why many African peoples in North America become so over-sensitive when racial issues come up! For many rational people, this owes its origin to slavery and racial segregation.

But one of my coworkers, a person of European descent, was surprised to realize that her 'black' friend, a very intelligent woman, easily becomes irritated by simple things she [friend] considers racist. The friend considers any mention of a watermelon racist; and complains a lot about 'white privilege.' This means that discrimination is considered something 'whites' don't face because of 'white privilege.' In any discussion between 'blacks' and 'whites', 'white privilege' issue comes up!