‘Beautiful’ African Men: Steve Biko

Not  skin deep, no. Their beauty goes way beyond what we see. Yes- theirs is the beauty that is both physical and visible but also spiritual and tangible, edible and audible-to those who take the time to feel, eat and listen to what these men have to say.

In my view he is the ” Father of Black Consciousness.” A proponent of black identity and black pride, his aim in cultivating the ‘Black Consciousness Movement’ in apartheid South Africa was to remove fear in the minds of black people and push them to  resist the racist regime to which they had become accustomed and almost subordinate to.

Steve Biko

These are the beautiful thoughts that came out of the beautiful mind of this beautiful (handsome) man!

“Being black is not a matter of pigmentation – being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.”

“Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time. Its essence is the realisation by the black man of the need to rally together with his brothers around the cause of their oppression – the blackness of their skin – and to operate as a group to rid themselves of the shackles that bind them to perpetual servitude.”

“The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.”

“It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realise that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality. The first step therefore is to make the black man come to himself; to pump back life into his empty shell; to infuse him with pride and dignity, to remind him of his complicity in the crime of allowing himself to be misused and therefore letting evil reign supreme in the country of his birth.”

“Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being.”

“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.”

Athough he died on 12 September, 1977 at 30, never saw the face of the intense struggle against apartheid, his legacy lives on and I salute him.

Remember, some great person once said, it is only when you have been completely forgotten in the minds and memories of the living that you truly die.

Steve Biko is alive!

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