SA HAS been a seething cauldron of anger for many years from the time of apartheid. Now the African people in this country are venting that anger on their own brothers and sisters, as well as children. What compounds the situation is that those in power do not learn from history and those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.Why I say those in power do not learn from history is that a few decades ago, the erudite cultural historian, scientist and Pan Africanist Dr Cheikh Anta Diop wrote a book titled Civilisation or Barbarism, in which he raises, inter alia, social issues that affect the African continent and the world in general.Chapter 7, with the subheading Race and Social Classes, is relevant for this article.Under the subtitle Laws of Ethnic Relations in History, Diop divided ethnic relations into four categories, namely:• The Law of Percentage• The Law of Assimilability• The Law of Distance• The Law of the PhenotypeUnder the law of percentage, Diop says: "An E...

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