[Video] Bongani Bingwa: Beware of the single narrative #BlackMonday

On Monday, thousands of people from the farming community dressed in black gathered across the country to spread awareness about farm killings in a protest dubbed #BlackMonday.

Weighing in on the protests, 702 Afternoon Drive host, Bongani Bingwa uses renowned Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's popular TED Talk, titled 'The Danger of a Single Story' to explain how the protests have made him feel.

In 2009 the Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a fabulous Ted Talk and its called 'The Danger of a Single Story' and it was about what happens when complex human beings and situations are reduced to a single narrative. When, for example we treat Africans as solely poor, starving victims with flies on their faces. That's the danger of the single narrative she talks about.

Bongani Bingwa, 702 Afternoon Drive host

Her point was that; each individual life contains a compilation of complex stories. If you reduce people or any issue to one thing, you're going to step into dangerous territory because if nothing else, you take away people's humanity.

Bongani Bingwa, 702 Afternoon Drive host

Bingwa further explains that reducing an issue to one thing also creates a world in which there are no complex answer to complicated questions. Life becomes about sides, it becomes about black and white, it becomes about black and evil says Bingwa.

Let's get one thing clear, any attack on any person in South Africa must be condemned. That said, let me also say, I do not support #BlackMonday.

Bongani Bingwa, 702 Afternoon Drive host

I don't support #BlackMonday because it doesn't condemn all attacks on farms, it doesn't condemn attacks on workers by farmers, it doesn't condemn the practise by some farmers who still use the dop system as wages. It doesn't condemn the black child who gets killed because the shooter thought he was a baboon.

Bingwa states that #BlackMonday says nothing about that.

Bingwa goes on to say #BlackMonday is a display of how some lives are more valuable than others.

Watch: Bongani Bingwa on #BlackMonday


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