I was talking to an academic at UKZN recently - it was an informal discussion about the possibility of my doing a doctorate there next year. As we were talking and I mentioned black consciousness he said, 'Don't waste your time on black consciousness, leave that out. It will soon be a thing of the past.' That puzzled me because it seems to be very much a thing of now. But then reading more of 'Christ Divided' (see a previous post) I eventually came to understand that the idea of black consciousness movements and black separation is not a desire for 'separate development' but a desire for black people to overcome the sense of inferiority that they feel amongst white people. Ok, so I've heard this before, but it registered more clearly with me now. And so the people who I know who are keen to work at being people together in this country, regardless of race, are new generation people who operate without any sense of inferiority at all. But there are others (mostly older people) who haven't made that transition yet. In this sense, black consciousness should die. What may arise in its place is black supremacy or simply organisations that exist because people in them enjoy the power that they have there.
Got to go to a meeting . . . so forgive the not quite complete thoughts!