Black people around the world have been hypnotized into believing that all their failures in life are due to discrimination. This couldnít be further from the truth. Everyday I see life here in Johannesburg carrying on a lot like it did under white rule. In spite of racial quotas, blacks struggle forward. Black Empowerment businesses hit the wall one after the other. Blacks who get jobs almost never carry out their duties with the same level of competence as the whites who came before them. This has been going on in lots of other African countries. And it is clear that the problem is not with white people - the problem is with the blacks themselves. But how many black people are willing to admit it?
Any white or Asian person who remains in contact with black people for any length of time stands a very good chance of becoming a racist. Why? When you live among blacks for any length of time you start to realize that they are often their own worst enemies, often the cause of their own disasters, and many refuse to listen and reason until itís too late. Black people rule more than 50 countries on this planet, and every one is a virtual disaster area.
Exactly what causes this? It is two fold. On one hand, it has to do with their attitude and values. On the other hand, it has to do with intelligence. Black people are extremely gregarious, more so than whites, and they place little value on the individual, and much more on the group. One of the key elements in the rise of European and American dominance in the world has been the value accorded to individual accomplishment. Native black African society suppresses the individual and forces a conformism upon people. This makes them very susceptible to being herded like sheep and unwilling to stand up as leaders who will be prepared to go against the grain. The other fault is a tolerance of the wrong things. Blacks have a very easy-going attitude to life - an attitude of what will be will be. Instead of seeing a problem and dealing with it at its root, they ignore it hoping it will go away. They leave small problems to grow, ferment and become BIG PROBLEMS! This very "black" attitude is reflected in the song "Donít Worry, be happy". It is precisely that sort of viewpoint towards life which causes many problems for them. There is a tendency for black people to live without a thought for tomorrow
These days one never stops hearing the "political version" of Darwinís theory of evolution. The political version, as I think of it, is that Africa was the cradle of all human life and therefore, everyone, everywhere, across the world, owe something to Africa and to black people in particular. We are inundated with a lot of this here in South Africa.
A Jewish friend of mine, Dave, remarks that even at his age, he just canít understand why blacks canít get their act together. They have their "freedom" and theyíre stuffing it up. "Whatís wrong with blacks?" asks Dave. Itís simple really - intelligence. At the heart of all the problems which blacks have - across the world - is one thing, and one thing alone - intelligence or the lack of it.
Dave argues that if blacks got a chance, they would do well. Many white people in Africa have indeed tried to adopt liberal values but then they are mystified by the lack of black performance, and become frustrated because they see golden opportunities thrown away. They see waste; they see corruption - and megalomania. They just donít understand the black psyche.
If, as the political interpretation of Darwin goes, the first humans were black, how come they arenít the Master Race of the Earth? If blacks had a head start (by millions of years) on whites, Asians and everyone else, why arenít they running the world? Dave says that the hot climate was not as conducive to development as the cold climate. What causes development? What about the Aztecs - they also lived in a hot climate. Look at what they did. Life was hard enough for blacks. They fought a lot with each other. They did not live in some mythical peace. To this day, there is so much tribal hatred in Africa. In this sense, Africa is no different to Europe. So why is it that blacks did not progress to the extent that Asians or Europeans did?
The Chinese were, in many areas, about 1,000 years ahead of Europe. In fact, in Chinese history, so Dave tells me, the Chinese once had a huge fleet which was destroyed by a certain Emperor. It has been announced recently that they might have evidence that the Chinese visited southern Africa before the Europeans and the Indians. Recent studies have shown that the Great Zimbabwe ruins might be an Indian temple. There is much evidence of Indian colonization of Zimbabwe and South Africa hundreds of years before whites came here. They even built irrigation canals in Zimbabwe and stone walls miles long.
If one looked at Caesarís description of Europe, 2,000 years ago, he would see that even the Barbaric Europeans (the non-Romans), were more advanced than the blacks of Africa. Some people say that Caesarís writings are something of a propaganda exercise aimed at painting the Roman conquest of Gaul in a good light. Caesar does not think much of the Barbarians - as he refers to the other Europeans. The Barbarians had a well-structured capitalist society which was functioning. They had governments, and made laws which were enforced. They negotiated deals, and could engage in impressive feats of engineering. In their exploits - including their cunning and deceit, one sees people who were capable of a high level of organization. And yet, these people were backward by Roman standards. Show me anything in African history which comes even close to this. Africans never invented the wheel. Most Africans were not even settled in cities. Their primitive agriculture could not sustain them for long and so they were migratory. The ownership of land, as defined in modern Western society had little meaning to the blacks of those days.
Dave remarks that de-colonization had actually been a good thing everywhere - EXCEPT IN AFRICA! He points out that the Pacific and Asian countries, and even South America, had fared much better after decolonization than Africa had. Africa has gone backwards for more than 40 years while Asian and other countries moved forward. All countries run by black people are backward - even those which do not have a history of colonialism, such as Ethiopia and Liberia. Liberia was inhabited by former black Americans. That it descended to the same level as the rest of Africa is telling. It shows that there is a deeper problem. In Zimbabwe, even in something as basic as food production, blacks struggle. Asians in Africa have an even more negative view of black abilities than whites. They have been run out of several black African countries. Even now, in South Africa, when they want to show the "capitalist exploitation of blacks", the best examples they come up with are not white businesses, but Indian businesses.
Now letís be honest, yes, discrimination can hold back even a talented person. But it is here that the issue becomes interesting. So the theory goes "Give everyone an equal chance and the blacks will rise." But that is not true. Among the blacks there are talented individuals - make no mistake - but to assume that the majority of blacks are similarly talented is clearly false. I go to work, and I notice how white and Asian people are still the driving force of the country. Blacks get work but they get it on the basis that whites once got work - the color of their skin. But the difference is, it is not skin color that is the issue, but IQ. I notice this in Zimbabwe too. A mere handful of white people still manage to survive, even in very hostile conditions.
Blacks will never be represented in proportion to their numbers. Even in the USA, Asians have a hard time, coming to a new country, getting no special treatment and yet, they prove themselves and become extremely successful. Here in South Africa, there is an insistence on job quotas. 80% of all jobs are supposed to go to blacks. You cannot legislate talent. You cannot legislate intelligence or technical skill. Itís either there or it isnít. Indians were treated in exactly the same way in Apartheid South Africa and even then, Indians became extremely wealthy.
Biologists have since time immemorial unearthed that given a chance, all people will perform better. But, MOST of intelligence is hereditary, and unless science can figure out how to meddle with the DNA to increase a personís IQ, there is nothing you can do about it. If a black person marries a white person and they have kids, then those kids will have an IQ (on average), half way between that of blacks and whites. Interestingly, here in South Africa, the "colored" people like to identify with the whites and regard themselves superior to the blacks. Intelligence affects countries. Asian countries are very active and moving forward at a great pace. Japan, with no natural resources has the second strongest economy in the world, while Africa, which is up to its eyeballs in natural resources, and is potentially the richest continent in the world, is the poorest.
It is entirely possible that a lot of black Americans are more colored than black - which may explain why they do better than native black Africans. If blacks are as clever as they now say they were, then how come they did not have cities and cultures like that which existed elsewhere? The few cities that existed in ancient Africa were probably only in West Africa. You wonít find any cities in the rest of Africa. How come they could be conquered by very few whites? Also, why didnít blacks import the knowledge and science of others? They had contact with Arabs, Europeans and Asians. Why didnít they acquire scientific knowledge from others by buying it or getting people to come and teach them? Why did Indians and even Chinese come to Africa and leave their mark here but you see no marks left by blacks? You can see that Asians were here, even centuries later - yet you see no buildings left by blacks. Why didnít blacks build fleets of ships and sail the world?
The whites were never molly coddled. The Asians were never molly coddled. It was kill or be killed. It was live by your own abilities or die. If you could do something you didnít talk about how great you were, you went and did it. History was written by people who could do as opposed to those who could talk. On the battle field, or in science, it was a case of winner takes all. Nobody ever asked for or got special treatment.
Edited from Jan Lamprechtís Why Black People Struggle: the Big Lie about Racial Discrimination.
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