Floyd Shivambu was a man on a mission on Tuesday after speaking during the parliamentary debate on Black Lives Matter (BLM). The combative EFF vice-president gave an impassioned speech on racism, but some of his comments are likely to cause blood pressure to rise in some South Africans.
Shivambu launches the defense of Black Lives Matter
While defending the message and movement behind Black Lives Matter, Shivambu has turned his anger towards those who feel there is a “racist element” behind BLM. Of course, he also didn’t waste the opportunity to dig into capitalist structures while he was booming.
- Shivambu told parliament that “there is no such thing as black domination or anti-white racism” in the world.
- He said some people confused the call for equality with “a demand for oppression.”
- Its “capitalism exists because slavery helped create it,” arguably the hottest of the bunch.
FEP MP explains why “blacks cannot be racist”
Shivambu refocused his argument on those who feel “oppressed” by the Black Lives Matter campaign. He claims that no black person can be considered racist – whatever their opinion – because “white supremacist systems have left many people discouraged.” You probably won’t be the last to hear about this statement …
“For historical and current reality, of course, blacks will be discouraged towards whites – but that doesn’t make blacks racist. There is no black person who can be racist because they can never think that they are superior to any other race since they are put down by the white supremacist system.
“Those who speak out and work against white supremacy, the nonsense of white privilege, and those who speak out against racist protests, are not racists. Racism is the continued police brutality against blacks in many parts of the world. Racism is the massive inequalities that exist between white and black citizens. ”
#BlackLivesMatter Shivambu: Racism is the fact that less than 10% of the population here in South Africa controls 80% of the wealth and the reality is manifested in many parts of the African continent and wherever there are black people.
– Fighters for Economic Freedom (@EFFSouthAfrica) Aug 18, 2020