I admire your willpower to stand up for yourself even if it drastically affected your life. In your book there were many instances where you were internally torn between what you believed in versus the social morals of your country. The first example was when you were nominated to stand for the Student Representative Council at the University College of Fort Hare. You had to make an important decision about whether you were going to resign from the position or get expelled from school. I think your decision to stick with your beliefs and not give into the socially acceptable decision, regardless of your father’s approval was a good one.
After all these years do you still stand by your decision of being expelled or in retrospect do you wish you had the opportunity to finish your BA degree the first time around? The second example was when you worked as a clerk in Lazar Sidelsky law firm. You had to make a decision between accepting segregation in the work place by drinking from different cups than your white coworkers or rejecting your coworker’s bias by drinking from the same cups as everybody else which would cause you to risk your job. In the end you took the easy way out by not choosing any sides at all.
How has your mind set changed since you adamantly chose to be expelled from school? What made you choose to stay in the middle this time around? Did the consequences of your previous decision of being expelled make you more tentative of making rash decisions in the future? The last example have taken place during the time that you became a member of the African National Congress. This was the most important decision that you had to make because it directly opposed the government and its laws which had severe consequences.
You were so steadfast in your cause that you didn’t let the consequences of your actions stop you from completing your goal. Did you think the ANC had enough power to take the government by themselves or did you know beforehand that you needed more groups to help you win? Your determination to fight for African freedom reminds me of the same fight Rosa Parks made in the United States. She was also a part of a black organization that helps protect Africans and fought for African rights in the United States.
I think you should be remembered as a civil rights activist like she was because of all the similarities that you both encountered by joining organizations to protect the rights of your people and also by leading nonviolent campaigns. After reading your book I have gained a more appreciative understanding of African culture. It also made me realize that I wasn’t familiar with the different hardships that African people had to deal with during this period of segregation. I know have a better understand and appreciation of how the African people were treated.
In conclusion do you feel you owe a lot your drive to overcome the obstacles and challenges that you had to endure because of the sacrifices your mother made by giving you up to Jongintaba? Your mother knew in advance that she was not able to assist you in financing your schooling so she gives you up so that you can have a better life. Jongintable had the money and the resources to assist you in attending the schooling of your choice in order for you to obtain your career choice to be a lawyer. Without your schooling and upbringing you would not have been able to accomplish much of your achievements in segregating the African world.