Justice and crumbs of justice | The Guardian Nigeria News
What is the basis of a just society? Where will humans find the final arbiter? This is because there will always be differences between men and especially between strong men and weak men, rich men and poor men. And women too, women and women.
When in 1913 the white men drove out the black men from the land of their fathers, from the land they considered theirs, the land where they had buried their dead, where the arbiter was to cry scandal and injustice? Everywhere was calm as these black men entered the winter of bitterness and hunger. Those who died of hunger perished on the roads. Those who were strong among them have made a fresh start. They found men weaker than themselves supplanted them in turn, seizing their land. And so the story continues.
Imagine that there was no one to record what happened? What happened would remain silent there as what happened. But there were oral historians, people with fantastically expansive memories, able to remember the details of what happened a week ago, a year ago, when something happened. produced and that another was allowed to occur alongside, in order to work as the only one who would remind the other of the mnemonic. This is why nothing is isolated.
First there are those who remember, who play from time to time when the hands were light and the harvest was done. It is because such men have come out, fine and long voices, memories fresh as a freshly fallen dew. They reminded ordinary people where the rain started to beat us. It was a tale of clues and suggestions, a tale with something to take home and ponder. By meditating on the story, the question arises: what should be done? These men were young and ready to engage in society in the future.
But we are talking about those who record. Those who remind others not only of what happened. We want to know why this happened in case it should never happen again. They tell and those who listened heard the tales of their ancestors.
The learned brothers followed, those whom the missionaries trained to turn their brothers against themselves. They are the ones who started to write the history of what happened in the dark past.
Sometimes they ask those who wrote from memory to remind them of a few details here and there, reminding them of those juicy details that make the details so enjoyable to read. Thus, the files were compiled and the writings were drawn up. The raw material is what is stored here. Story after story, that’s what is written here.
There are those who would accept both oral and written, and from both, compose powerful documents that cannot be contradicted.
Which brings us to lawyers and their own stories. Tebbeka Ngcukaitobi is the author of The Land is Ours: South Africa’s First Black Lawyers and the Birth of Constitutionalism.
It is important to clarify that by the time the narrative got to the point where lawyers have to add their penny value, the narrative had reached the stage of an argument. Remember how we progressed? First there were our storytellers, the ones who made sure that we remembered our story. Then there were those who wrote. Then there were those who took the oral and the written and composed a powerful document that could not be contradicted. And then the lawyers could make their case.
Like a lawyer’s brief, it is well presented. It is divided into three parts: Part 1 is titled Earth “How the Earth Was Lost”. This, for me, is not satisfactory as an explanation of how the earth was lost. It looks like the mythification of the lost land. What happened in 1913 when black people were driven from their land? This is really a bad basis for claiming equality with white men and defending the human rights of black intellectuals.
From there, we are on a whole different ground. These South African lawyers who are writing the story of South Africa’s Lost Lands are looking to Pan-Africanists in North America and the Caribbean to improve their argument. It does not work. They are two different stories. The encounters are different. Slavery is the occasion for meetings in North Africa and the Caribbean. Whatever case has been done collapses before it is done.
Ownership of African land cannot be contested and it is not contested at all. No one has disputed the process by which Africans lost the land. The complicated question of how to get it was going to interest us all.
Despite claiming ownership of the land, the lawyers have failed to defend themselves with the South African state constitution discussion. They weren’t united. They were seen as members of different tribes, of different ethnicities. All they got from the evolution of constitutionalism are âcrumbs of justiceâ.
The book is the documentation of its failure. Nothing could be more futile.
There is still no solution to the land question except that it belongs to the natives. Despite this claim, no case has been made for the owners of the land, on the basis of which they claim their state citizenship. It was a blatant failure of blacks to defend their cause.
We started by knowing where justice will be found for black people. We only dealt with the land issue. Assuming we included the issue of slavery and the issue of compensation, the issue would become more complicated. For example, Africans were slave traders. Should they also be compensated in the manner and manner in which the owners of white slaves were compensated for the loss of their property?
This question is likely to destroy the arguments in favor of equality in the calculation of compensation when it comes to compensation. Within the state, the problem will continue to be phoned.
In the meantime, the land issue will be a priority since it seems easier to call. But it does not lend itself to little inclusiveness. For too long, African issues have dealt with too little and too late. Crumbs of justice is not at all justice !!!