Steve Biko: “Black Consciousness and the Quest for a True Humanity”


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It is perhaps fitting to start by examining why it is necessary for us to think collectively about a problem we never created. In doing so, I do not wish to concern myself unnecessarily with the white people of South Africa, but to get to the right answers, we must ask the right questions; we have to find out what went wrong—where and when; and we have to find out whether our position is a deliberate creation of God or an artificial fabrication of the truth by power-hungry people whose motive is authority, security, wealth and comfort, in other words, the “Black Consciousness”...

Source: Basil C. Moore, ed. Black Theology: The South African Voice. London: Hurst and Company, 1973.

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