By Yvette Abrahams, Ph.D. Dept. Women & Gender Studies University of the Western Cape, South Africa

“As Biko has said of white liberals, you cannot benefit from a system and expect to be found innocent. The best you can do is to work amongst your own, giving the oppressed space to determine their own destiny. In this spirit I ask myself: how can I be part of a species which is damaging the planetary ecosystem? How can I deny complicity? How must I explain this to the dolphins? Reclaiming our culture enables us to see with clear eyes what we have done, and only then can we take responsibility for changing our lives. It is only when the 99 % recognize their role in upholding the system that we will also find the power to change it. That is the message of Black Consciousness.”

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