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Is it better being oppressed by one’s own race than by those of a different colour?

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Tendai Ruben Mbofana

I discovered a information report I got here throughout just lately – on the outrage surrounding a New Zealand-based “Rhodesia Museum”, established in 2018 by a grouping calling itself the Rhodesia Providers Affiliation – fairly intriguing.

The historic exhibition, named Lion and Tusk Museum, drew indignant criticism from a number of quarters, particularly some Zimbabweans now resident on this Oceanian nation – who, understandably and justifiably didn’t take kindly to what they perceived because the glorification of this colonial interval, describing it as “disgusting and offensive”.

They likened the audacious touting of this darkish interval in our nation’s historical past – which these voices of dissent characterised as “white supremacism” – to apartheid in South Africa, and the Holocaust (whereby, over six million Jews had been savagely massacred by the Nazi regime in Germany and different occupied European international locations within the Thirties and 40s).

The Lion and Tusk Museum is claimed to accommodate artefacts together with weapons, machetes, bayonets, flags, navy uniforms, medals, and different memorabilia of the Rhodesian military – which, a spokesperson mentioned was aimed toward preserving “the navy historical past of Rhodesia” from its colonial beginnings within the Eighteen Nineties till its transition to majority rule and name-change to Zimbabwe in 1980.

The principle bone of competition towards this show of Rhodesian navy prowess seems to be the obvious one-sided glorification of the navy – with scant acknowledgment of its position in sustaining colonial rule and oppression of the black majority.

So far as I can inform, these arguments towards the museum are legitimate, since they’ve profound advantage.

The reason is that – as somebody who loves learning historical past – I’ve all the time been a agency believer within the want for any historical past to be informed in its fullest and entirety, with out leaving something out (be it good or unhealthy), whether it is to be taken significantly.

There isn’t a manner, as an illustration, if my historical past is ever to be recorded or narrated, for this to be executed with out together with every little thing that I’ve executed incorrect, in addition to all I did proper.

Any biased and managed recording of a previous occasion, interval, or the full accumulation of the developments related with a selected nation, individual, or factor – can by no means genuinely be described as historical past.

It may be referred to as propaganda – however, positively not historical past.

Nevertheless, what I additionally discover disingenuous is the world’s obsession with racial subjugation as the one purely distasteful, repulsive, and unacceptable kind of oppression – that we should always all get up, and converse out towards with all our would possibly – on the expense of some other types, significantly when blacks subjugate different black folks.

Though that is solely conjecture, I ponder simply how “disgusting and offensive” a museum showcasing solely the great and great thing about post-independence Zimbabwe would have been thought of – but, failing to actually contact on the Eighties Gukurahundi genocide (whereby, the navy brutally murdered over 20,000 harmless unarmed civilians of Ndebele ethnicity), or the 2008 post-election butchering of lots of of suspected opposition supporters, or the beating up, abduction, torturing, and raping of perceived anti-government voices.

If we had been to have such an exhibition, say in New Zealand, touting the successes and improvement in post-independence Zimbabwe – manifestly ignoring the darkish unenviable facet of this murderous previous – would we now have witnessed the identical ranges of “disgust and offense” and outrage, as skilled with the Lion and Tusk Museum?

I feel not!

This is a matter I’ve all the time had with these of us who declare to struggle towards oppression and human proper abuses.

It’s reasonably disturbing that the world we dwell in in the present day seems extra “disgusted and offended” by white-on-black rights violations – but, exhibit a extra laid again, lackluster response, extra within the type of a half-hearted slap on the wrist, with regards to black-on-black repression.

As somebody who was born in colonial Rhodesia, and spent my grownup life in unbiased Zimbabwe – subjugation, segregation, and financial marginalization by a whiteman is simply as dangerous and painful as by a blackman.

The rate of a bullet from a gun held by a black dictator, is simply as damaging as that from a white oppressor.

The truth is, it may be extra hurtful coming from a fellow black brother or sister – since, these are personal kith and kin, from whom we anticipate higher – than somebody of a unique color, race, or creed.

I’m positive there may be nothing extra traumatic than being betrayed, made to endure, and even killed by one’s family – whom we anticipate a bond of affection and oneness – than an “outsider”.

I truly discover it extremely ridiculous {that a} white individual can name me a “Kaffir” proper now, I swiftly publish that on-line, and quick ignite international outrage and outcry aimed towards this racism.

But, a black chief can loot (along with his household and doubtful hangers-on) our nation’s sources – leaving tens of millions of Zimbabweans wallowing in abject poverty – and, solicit not a lot by way of response, ought to I publish that on-line.

Allow us to not be hypocritical, and deal with the difficulty of oppression with double requirements – since subjugation by a fellow blackman deserves condemnation as that from a whiteman, as they’re each “disgusting and offensive”.

© Tendai Ruben Mbofana is a social justice activist, author, researcher, and social commentator. Please be at liberty to contact him on WhatsApp/Name: +263715667700 / +263782283975, or Calls Solely: +263788897936 / +263733399640, or electronic mail: [email protected]

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