Archive | March, 2012

I’m Not A Racist, I Have Nothing Against Black People.

23 Mar

The ONLY racist act(read complaint by black against white folk) people(read black folk) can EVER legitimately complain about is the denial of opportunities by those in power(I’m sure you know the drill by now, read white people in power). PERIOD!
The rest is victim talk at it’s ugliest and most pathetic.
As reasoning individuals with preferences and free will we are not under any duress or obligation to love other races. Love is a choice we make which pretty much shapes the rest of our lives.

Racists acts such as name calling(the infamous k word comes to mind)to ridicule should really only affect the weak and the apologetic.
It is easy to see others’ perception of you as unworthy because of your race if you yourself feel precisely that.
Those that are bullied complain of bullying. The bullied are victims. Victims are powerless. The powerless have no place, be it in the only land they have ever known or in the cold dispassionate world out there.
Take charge of your life already and live and it. Validation from another race is not the key ingredient to one’s greatness and progress.
So what if you are called a monkey? Baboon? Uncivilized savage? Are you any of those things? How is one’s subjective opinion of you a definition of who you are?
Fight for what you believe you are entitled to.
Claim back the power and cuss back when called a savage or monkey if the fancy takes you or just sit down and for crying out loud stop whining!

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Top 0r Bottom: The Politics Of Sex

23 Mar

Sex, ladies and gentlepersons, is all about dominion. Dominate or be dominated. Period.
It reeks of power over another from the basic missionary position in heterosexual sex to the outright denial of many a homosexual man to being penetrated.
The language we use is clear illustration that sex is a power game.
A few minutes ago I wrote “we’re being screwed bareback over and over” and my mom couldn’t get over her boss’ utterance: Nx! Ungijwayela kabi lo. Ungibhebha ngimile!(I need to tell you I had a good hour laughing at this. The fact that my mom told such a saucy tale was just too much)
Methinks sex is the one of the few instances where the animal in all of us surfaces to the fore, next to Flee or Fight. Cunilungus and felatio are usually precursors of how that particular sexual event will pan out. The first one to go down usually assumes the dominated role. Be they homo or hetero.
Amongst many heterosexual men it is all too often “wham! Bam! Thank you mam!”- testimony that it is all about him. It’s usually a matter of “let me do as I please with your body for as long as I can hold it in”
And then there’s the verbal obstacle course with homosexuals from identifying oneself as bottom, top or verse and my favourite: straight acting. Bedroom theatrics? Somebody better start handing out oscars.

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Declaration Of Rights Is Justification For Existence

17 Mar

In an evolved world there are no defined rights but a state of being. Defined rights are testimony to man’s dark desire for complete dominance over all within his survey.
Clearly as a species we have not as yet evolved to a state where the primal instinct to survive, dominate and thus ensuring a lofty position on the food chain in us dies a natural and dignified death.
The need to serve self first, that primal desire to survive and dominate others at all costs has meant that man will stop at nothing least of all the life and contentment of another in the quest for supremacy.
Dominion(read damnation) comes in the form of political ideology, religious dogma, cultural imperialism, social idealism and arbitrary personal whims.
One who is in total connection with self harbors no desire to declare his “rights” to all within earshot; nay, he lives it with no obligation to go into the why’s and wherefores for such choice/act.
He is also so content the need to dominate is not necessary, too busy being and living.

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15 Mar

The Eastern Cape Department 0f Education is in desperate need of a new mindset. A completely new generation of thinkers should be at the helm of education in this province. The utter lack of cohesion, logic and common sense leaves one stumped.

Career pathing within education is generally designed in such a way that teachers move from the classroom to circuit office and up up and away.
These are teachers who for most of their career life have been exposed to incompetence and general confusion at district to provincial level so it would be fair this is the only life they know. Once appointed at a higher level these teachers are expected provide decisive leadership. I don’t even need to point out at the viciousness of this particular cycle.

And then there is SADTU. One would be forgiven in thinking this is the only teacher union in South Africa, “union” is synonymous with SADTU in teacher circles.
It must be said and acknowledged that SADTU has done much in the advancement of the working class. In EC things are slightly different. SADTU, it would seem, runs the show in this province.
Frequent mass meetings for this or the other(in theory the entire district shuts down when SADTU calls a meeting) are the order of the day. In all of this the education and welfare of the African child is at the forefront(sic)
Recently it was at SADTU’s insistence and demands that temporary educators be re-instated despite the department’s protestation that there were no funds(and that’s another tale on it’s own).
To date no appointment letters have been issued to teachers but they continue to work without pay. Modern day slavery of sorts with the vanguard of teacher interests as an accomplice.
SADTU has also managed to convince the more gullible teachers of it’s sole responsibility in the appointment of the current superintendent general. It was this argument that was used in drumming support in having the SG removed. The mentality was “We brought him in, we can get rid of him”
Enter the infamous Go-Slow. One of the main reasons(I’ve since realized that there are various reasons depending which district or region one is at) is the redeployment of access educators(yet another tale for another day). Redeployment is dependent on the school’s enrollment. Lately teaching is like following the fluctuating Rand. Other provinces seem to understand that teachers are not permanent in their sites but permanent in the system. Not in EC. There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth and vehement opposition to this process. Amongst other things SADTU cites lack of consultation with them as a union and receiving principals.
What is apparent is that the notion of a “comfort zone” is a major cause for the opposition. Understandably it is annoying and inconvenient to start a new life at a new school. Many of us have forgotten that work is neither about convenience nor comfort.

In every labour dispute leverage is key. The teacher leaders in their infinite wisdom saw it fit and appropriate to lay down school children on the sacrificial alter. Oh well.
Still on temp teachers: As far as I know, and I stand to be corrected, temps are not affected when it comes to the Post Provisioning Norm(ppn) or staff establishment. In EC, as I’m sure you’ve guessed already, things are done differently.
Temps were included in the calculations. The absurdity of this particular state of affairs boggles the mind.
The logic is once access educators have been identified they will be redeployed to schools in need.
How then, in all conventional wisdom, do you include people who are not even in the system?
The identified teachers are currently being served with redeployment letters. What happens to temps identified as access then? Will they suddenly be converted to permanent staff and in the process upsetting the apple cart forcing us to go back to square one?

Don’t get me started on communication. The lack in cohesion makes Bedlam look and sound like high tea.
There is no uniformity a district level.
This is best illustrated in the current chaos that is uncoordinated common papers. In a normal environment teachers are summoned in advance to cluster subject meetings where exams and other forms of formal assessment are discussed and planned.
In Lusikisiki for example, one is summoned a day or two before a paper is written and one is also told when that paper should be written. Due preparation is not a deciding factor. This has made it difficult for schools to have a formal assessment time table. At the end of it all learners are supposed to outdo themselves.
There is much to criticize but I do not intend on writing a tome…just yet.
The department must be congragulated for the strides made in areas such as scholar transport and nutrition. Sadly the positive strides are far outweighed by the systematic bungling.

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