This is a speech widely attributed to President Mugabe of Zimbabwe,

  • Racism will never end as long as white cars are still using black tires.
  • Racism will never end as long as we still wash first white clothes, then other colors later.
  • Racism will never end if people still use black to symbolize bad luck and WHITE for peace.
  • Racism will never end if people still wear white clothes at weddings and black clothes at funerals
  • Racism will never end  as long as those who don’t pay their bills are
blacklisted not White listed.
  • Even when playing the pool (snooker), you haven’t won until you sink the black ball, and the white ball must remain on the field.


The speech appears hilarious, yet populist and racistic in many ways, like his policies. Until 1980s, Zimbabwe’s land ownership was sharply skewed in favor of whites. By 1980, the country was home to about 120,000 whites and more than 7 million blacks, but whites owned about half of the arable land. Blacks worked the farms as low-paid laborers. After Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980 and President Mugabe came to power, he ordered the takeover of white-owned farms. He started redistributing farmland in 2000, the biggest tracts invariable went to his political supporters, even if the recipients didn’t know how to work them. White farmers, many of whom said they were ready to participate in a more orderly process of land reform, received no compensation when their property was seized. For whites, who were stripped of their property, Mugabe’s policy of land reform amounted to theft. For blacks, who profited from the redistribution, it was justice after nearly a century in which a small group of British settlers and their descendants controlled the country. The rift between those perspectives has long appeared unbridgeable. But as the economy spiralled downward, “joint partnerships” became more common. Black landowners retain their rights to the property but share the profits with whites, who live and work on the farms as managers or consultants. But in a country still plagued by racial tensions, turning to experienced white farmers was hardly a simple solution to economic woes and to many Zimbabweans, allowing whites onto the country’s black-owned farms, even as managers or consultants, is a tacit recognition that land reform has failed.

One cannot and should not try to avenge social wrongs of an earlier racism with populist politics and counter-racism. Instead, one must bring about social re-distribution through planned and pragmatic social policies. Least all we achieve will be a supplanting of one racism with another without any actual benefit to society. Racism is not, according to me, limited to any race or area, and all are equally capable of such vileness irrespective of race itself – racism has no colour.