Thoughts on Steve Biko

Whenever we get around this time of year, September 11, obviously, we all think about the tragic events that took place in 2001.  It is sad to see (but at the same time somewhat understandable) that the coverage of memorial services for victims of the attacks on the World Trade buildings is not getting the same coverage it used to.

But let’s look at another anniversary that is receiving almost no coverage whatsoever.  It was 30 years ago today that Steve Biko, South African activist, was beaten to death by police.  Biko was instrumental in getting Blacks in South Africa to challenge the state and also to reverse the teachings that they were inherently inferior to Whites.  His murder sparked international outrage, leading to embargoes being established against South Africa and eventually bringing the downfall of apartheid.  I’m not going to give you a history lesson, damn, you should already know this anyway, but if you need to catch up, see if you can find a copy of “I Write What I Like” or rent Cry Freedom.

There is an excellent piece by Stephanie Nolen in today’s Globe and Mail questioning how Biko would view South Africa today, a question that nobody around the world seems to care to ask anymore.  It doesn’t seem to be an issue that 82% of land remains in white hands.  If you want to see the effects of social engineering, its footprints are still in the sand.

Just something to think about today…let’s remember.


  1. avatar Jus Says:

    I was actually surprised at how little coverage the anniversary got in a lot of news outlets. Humanity’s collective attention span has dwindled to nearly nothing. I know it’s a tired complaint, but the fact that Paris, Britney, Nicole and Lindsay get more column space than this man is a crime that should make everyone ashamed. The fact that he was also an enemy of the ANC has probably diminished the level of recognition that he should be afforded in his homeland. Even Mandela, who is nearly beyond reproach in my books, avoids mentioning him even once in his autobiography, and that thing is 625 pages long. It also bears mentioning that in spite of the fact that I find him distasteful in many ways, Brian Mulroney was one of the most prominent world leaders to speak out against apartheid in the 80s, when Reagan and Thatcher were comfortable cozying up to the regime. Dick Cheney also voted against a resolution in congress to censure the South African government for it’s racist policies.

  2. avatar Jay Says:

    Good call on Mulroney. I can’t stand the guy, but you have to give him credit on his stance against apartheid in the 80s.

    Dick Cheney just never fails to amaze me…for all the wrong reasons.

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