Discrimination won’t end unless blacks change attitude towards self
The Internet is awash with stories, some of which may not be true. In one, the story is told of Nelson Mandela when he was a student of law at the university. Mr Peters, a white professor, had a strong dislike for him. While having lunch at the dining room one day, Mr Peters was alone at the table when Mandela came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. Disgusted, the professor said, “Mr Mandela, you do not understand, a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat”. Unshaken, Mandela took a good look at the professor then calmly replied, “You do not worry professor. I’ll fly away,” at which he went and sat at another table. Mr Peters, now red with rage, decided he would revisit.
The next day in class he posed a question, “Mr Mandela, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with money, which one would you take?” Without hesitating, Mandela responded, “The one with the money, of course.” Mr Peters, smiling sarcastically said, “Unlike you, I would take the wisdom bag.” Mandela shrugged and responded, “I guess, each one takes that which he doesn’t have.” Mr Peters, seething with fury, was by this time about to throw a fit. So great was Mr Peters’ anger that one day after an exam, he wrote on Mandela’s paper the word “IDIOT” and gave it to the future freedom struggle icon. Mandela took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move. A few minutes later, Mandela got up, walked up to the professor and told him in a dignified polite tone, “Mr Peters, you signed your name on the sheet, but forgot to give me my grade.” Whether true or not, here is a perfect illustration of how best to deal with prejudice and discrimination. Prejudice is without doubt one of the ugliest traits of the human nature.