In an incident hushed up by the MSM, three visiting American professors or “tenured radicals” were shouted down by black South African students in Cape Town who told them they were white and therefore not worth listening to. Apparently the black students “confiscated” the microphone and would only give it to other blacks as white opinions were considered irrelevant.
The visiting American radicals, “queer theorist” Judith Butler, as well as Wendy Brown and David Theo Goldberg, were from the University of California. Together with the Camerounian author Achille Mbembe, currently at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, they were supposed to give a lecture on the “University and its worlds” at the formerly coloured University of the Western Cape.
Although not reported on, details of the disruption by radical South African black students have emerged in two columns published by local “tenured radicals” and admirers of the American academics. Writing respectively for Netwerk24 and the Independent Group’s IOL, Professors Amanda Gouws and Xolela Mangcu, complained of the black students’ disruptive behaviour. Gouws politely states in her column that they engaged in “anti-intellectual behaviour”.
Gouws, who is normally known for her politically correct utterances and hatred for her fellow Afrikaners, even flirts with racism when she states that the black students “do not know what they do not know”, a statement which could, in South Africa’s currently racially charged atmosphere, lead to serious trouble for her as she is implying that the black students are not as brilliant as they are usually made out to be:
Die studente kon nie redenasies met teenredenasies wen nie. Daarom was dit beter om hul opponente stil te maak. Die probleem is dat die studente nie weet wat hullenie weet nie.
[The students could not win arguments with counterarguments. Therefore it was better to silence their opponents. The problem is that the students do not know what they do not know.]
In his column Xolela Mangcu explains how the three visiting US radicals characterised the university as a “capitalist instutition” that should be revolutionised. However, the black students would have none of this and simply “hurled insults” at the visiting white American liberals, as Mangcu describes it:
I expected students would be excited by these arguments in their own struggles against university administrations. But that is not what happened. During question time a group of students who presented themselves as Pan Africanists hurled insults at the panellists as white people who were there to tell black people what to do.
I felt really bad for the panellists but also embarrassed. Earlier in the day I had been waxing lyrical to them about how brilliant and sophisticated the students are, despite efforts by the media to portray them as just irrational and violent.
When not throwing excrement at or breaking down white statues, it seems that South Africa’s radical black students – who are “brilliant and sophisticated” as Mangcu refers to them – shout down visiting American cultural Marxists for being white.