Setting the record straight: Biko’s philosophy guided the Soweto uprising

Image: Steve Biko By Andile Mngxitama It has been more than 40 years since the Soweto June 16 uprising, but the question “Which of the three main liberation movements was behind the uprising?” is highly contested. Recently, we saw increasing social- media-driven attempts to credit the PAC as the mastermind of the event.The development follows …

June 16, correcting myths and distortions – Andile Mngxitama

By BO Staff Writer This year marks the 46th anniversary of the June 16 uprising. Andile Mngxitama once again explains it was not the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) or African National Congress (ANC) that sparked the event, that the great uprising was actually the result of Steve Biko’s revolutionary work. Here’s a short incisive historical …

The blackman is a beast

Image: Steve Biko By Andile Mngxitama Steve Biko has described the blackman as a sheepish ox who has accepted his inferiority. Shit scared of the white man the blackman turns to other black men with violence. The defeated black man is particurlaly vicious on the black woman and defenceless children. Gender based violence amongst blacks …

Lenin and Biko on consciousness

Image: Stephen Bantu Biko & Vladimir Ilich Lenin By Andile Mngxitama Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness Movement was basically a movement of the intelligentsia, the middle class university students. This intelligentsia was rooted in the black working class by family and by life. The apartheid reality pushed the black middle class into the same conditions as …

Biko lecture: BC for Beginners

By Andile Mngxitama Please note: people who were politicized by the ANC into non racialism and the Freedom Charter do not understand what racism and white supremacy are. They generally confuse attitudes and bad manners with racism. They then formulate responses based on this wrong understanding of racism. They have no understanding at all of …