- Dr Mamphela Ramphele addressed South Africa's history and how South Africans are finding it hard to confront their pasts
- Ramphele stated that black people still feel inferior to white people
- She added that white people feel they are superior to black people because of the past
Academic and businesswoman Dr Mamphela Ramphele spoke about the past of South Africa during a recent radio interview.
Ramphele discussed the lingering effects of racism on the people of South Africa.
Dr Ramphele was an activist for a long time. She entered politics by launching the Agang political party.
EWN reported that Ramphele feels South Africa is finding it hard to confront its past. She stated that South Africans are having trouble taking on the ghosts of their pasts.
In this country, we are afraid of the ghosts of our past. We are afraid to acknowledge that we actually did, and some of us continue to, feel inferior to white people.
White people have the ghosts of superiority. And unless we acknowledge these ghosts, we are not going to be able to transcend them.
We end up screaming and shouting at each other "you are a racist" or "you are lying about me being racist" instead of just saying "People, we come from a past where racism coloured everything that we did,".
So let us acknowledge that it has left these ghosts hanging over us. And if we give them a name and we acknowledge that we are influenced by the inferiority and superiority that came with racism then we'll be able to head-on tackle the structures that racism have left behind.
Briefly.co.za learned from the interview that Ramphele also talked about the importance of South Africans knowing the Constitution and following it.
She added that South Africans need to follow the aims and purpose of the Constitution. Ramphele feels this will lay the foundation for a democratic country.
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