So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior.
– Boston Globe, 25 October 1977.
The sad thing is that for a lot of people, again by the creation of value system that consciously or sub-consciously rejected the beauty of blackness. Their minds and attitudes have maintained a system that simply re-brands old world ideologies and seeks to keep stripping away any chance of a move towards identity. Some of the champions of this, are people who themselves lack identity. They refuse to have identity and want to preach the gospel of a unified world, in which they have no place unless they strip anything that identifies them as black.
“It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die”, was another gem that he lived by. It is thirty years since he died for an idea that still lives today in people who simply want to be equal. They want to have the same opportunities to succeed and fail, not because of their skin colour but because of their own skill and determination. The fact that some are cited as exceptions and said to be going against the grain is an insult to a race steeped a great history of tolerance, innovation and humanity.
Of course, when my people don’t know their heritage and some of their history was rewritten to further colonial objectives, can we expect anything else?
Steve Biko wanted to give South Africa a more human face. One day the world too must have one. For the consciousness and empowerment of black people to happen, the oppressor and more importantly the oppressed must both change. We can’t do anything about the oppressor. About the oppressed, we can.