BOSETU rallies against Western civilianization and Neo Colonialism

  • Union leader attacks Christian missionaries

African culture was being demonized and being replaced with western civilization with missionaries allegedly acting as emissaries of this process to unsuspecting African's said a senior union leader Friday night at BOSETU Cultural Night whose theme Children: Fruit of our youth, beauty of our nation.'

"As we celebrate this evening's event we need to ask ourselves questions that relate to what we are really celebrating. Are we celebrating a culture that exists or are we merely being nostalgic or sentimental about a culture that existed at a particular time in history," said Veteran Union Leader Shandukane Hlabano.

He said, "King Leopold II of Belgium 1883 said 'Your principal objective in our mission in the Congo is never to teach the niggers to know God, this they already know .... Your essential role is to facilitate the task of administrators and industries which means you will go to interpret the gospel in a way it will be best to protect your interests in that part of the world. Your knowledge of the gospel will allow you to find texts ordering and encouraging your followers to love poverty, like "Happier are the poor because they will inherit the heaven and it is difficult for the rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

Hlabano alleged that a touching speech was made by Willie Lynch in his speech titled 'The making of a Slave, where he argued that Black slaves after receiving indoctrination shall carry on and will become self refueling and self-generating for hundreds of years maybe Thousands.

He maintained Lynch's argument is what has become known as mental colonialism or mental slavery.

"You should listen to modern Christians when they dress down anything African. They use all the superlative degree descriptors in their defence of their masters religion. The more detached you are from your traditional belief system the more modern you are considered to be," said Hlabano.

Hlbano said culture is a spiritual human endeavor and Batswana should take a leaf from local musicians who are standard bearers of Tswana culture.

"There were times when their music was so hollow and out of tune. They soon realized that their music can only be meaningful if they dig in the reservoir of their culture," said Hlabano.

Hlabano encouraged union activists to avoid embracing western practices like using hybrid seeds and to avoid marginalizing Tswana cattle. He also extolled the practice of circumcision. The remarks were made at a networking session for Botswana Sectors of Education and Trade Union (BOSETU).

"The cultural night is a celebration of the diversity of Tswana culture. We as a union are partaking in the celebration of diversity of culture. It shows that that we are focused not just on bread and butter issues," said Moloki Bopa, BOSETU Regional Chairperson for Nata –Gweta.

He said, "This is a networking session where we meet with different stakeholders with whom we do business like Government, private sector and other trade unions."


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