I Write What I Like: A Selection Of His Writings

I Write What I Like A Selection Of His Writings On th September Steve Biko was murdered in his prison cell He was only but his vision and charisma captured in this collection of his work had already transformed the agenda of South Afric

  • Title: I Write What I Like: A Selection Of His Writings
  • Author: Steve Biko
  • ISBN: 9780435905989
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • On 12th September 1977, Steve Biko was murdered in his prison cell He was only 31, but his vision and charisma captured in this collection of his work had already transformed the agenda of South African politics This book covers the basic philosophy of black consciousness, Bantustans, African culture, the institutional church and Western involvement in apartheid.

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    1. I live in the city where he was murdered. Some people here don't like it when i voice the notion that we still bear a collective shame over this. They don't like most of the notions I voice, come to think of it. I read this book in Dublin in 1993, when I spent a year wandering aimlessly around Europe while my country burned. It's hard to believe he was in his twenties when he wrote most of these things. His thinking was way ahead of his time. I find it terribly sad how the ANC never mentions him [...]

    2. Steven Biko was one of the most famous leaders of the struggle for freedom and equality in South Africa. His fight was not only against apartheid, but more specifically against the ill-effects it was having on the mindset of the Africans being subjected to these cruelties. This book is a collection of essays by and interviews with the man who has been called the originator of the Black Consciousness movement. Black Consciousness was a movement designed to help Black Africans relearn to respect t [...]

    3. Read once in university, I decided to re-read I Write What I Like after getting it as a gift from a friend. It remains an absolutely phenomenal collection of ideology penned by the great Steve Biko. He should have been one of the greatest post-apartheid leaders of South Africa, instead he was brutally murdered by the apartheid police. It is such a devastating thought to imagine what South Africa would have looked like if he had lived. I am so glad I re-read this because (with age and experience) [...]

    4. I loved this book. I love Steve Biko and this writing. I read The Sabi which was a personal account of life growing up in South Africa and references were made by the author Brown, to Biko and Ture. So I decided to read this book after reading The Sabi - and I am happy I did. In this book the author states that the time of Biko was never over. And I agree with Brown in her book - "It was never over". Biko's book affirms the realities of the black experience and how it is incumbent on people to o [...]

    5. As a black South African born 10 years before democracy, it is only now that I am an adult that I see the effect that apartheid has had on the culture and value system of black South Africans in particular.This book is an effective lesson to any South African that he is not a victim of his circumstances. Every man has the power to make the choice to change his life. A truly inspirational read.

    6. It was difficult to get into, but I suppose I was not ready for it at that point in time. So I parked it for over a year. When I did finally get into it I was absorbed. My own "Black consciousness" was awakened and I am now a better African than I was. I always say this book should be compulsory reading for our children and subsequent generations, lest they forget who they are. I know it will be compulsory in my home.

    7. Insight into the mind of one of the most inspirational and unique South African struggle heroes. Where others were fighting for freedom, he was trying to free the african mind (decolonsing the mind). It's one of the most beautifully written books and makes you proud of being a South African, challenging you to do better.

    8. He had the charisma of Mandela, the courage of Hani and the intellectual capacity of Sobukwe and Mbeki.Dead before 30 at the hands of apartheid

    9. On September 12 1977, Steve Biko was murdered by the South African Police in East London [my error - as has been noted, it was Port Elizabeth, but left here so the comments below make sense]: I lived in South Africa at the time and learned more about his death from clippings my mother sent me from our local provincial New Zealand newspaper than anything I read in South Africa – yet many of the white people I knew seemed almost relieved that another threat to their privilege had been set aside. [...]

    10. The grandfather of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, Biko deconstructs racism, provides support for affirmative action, and logically annihilates apartheid supremely. Small book, heavy read. He was a giant amongst small-minded racists.

    11. I bought this book without any idea of what it was about. I liked the title.I thought I had "race" figured out, especially after some very meaningful discussions over the past couple of years. I had certainly crystallized my own position (though I couldn't articulate it terribly well until earlier this year when I had to and was not entirely successful, which motivated me to truly get it right). But, troubling as it is to be placed in a group of people about whom fundamental things are assumed b [...]

    12. This is an exceptional book of Steve Biko's writings. His analysis of apartheid got to the heart of the issue, systemic oppression through racism/white supremacy, and his goal of empowering Black Africans through Black Consciousness took this head on. His writing on integration and the deficiencies it had as an endpoint for Black liberation was one of the few I've ever read that effectively criticized this mode of achieving equality - because it doesn't directly address systemic oppression and s [...]

    13. I'll start by saying I am biased - I'm a huge Biko fan and have admired him since I was a teenager growing up in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.It was no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and found them both challenging and moving. An exceptional man with a profound intellect and mind the right attitude to change a nation.A lot of focus is on Mandela, but in my opinion the greatest South African leader that never was is Steve Biko. Read this book and see what you think.

    14. The founder of the black conscious movement.A composition of speeches and writing of Steve over a number of years.The book reflects on his sentiments what he views as the problem for the black man in South Africa and to a larger extent Africa.For the time it was written i would say it was indeed needed.This book is highly revered in the black conscious circles.I happen to come from the city where Biko was held captive before being transported to Pretoria so the historical context hits straight h [...]

    15. Intense read.As a black youth existing in the same country that this man was morphed in, it really intensified my love for the African self. A revolutionary writer. It surprises me how well articulated he was and how young he was too. An exceptional life ended at only 30 years of age. His posthumous affect he had on myself any many other people around the world is masterfully strengthened in this book.

    16. I watched Cry Freedom in 7th or 8th grade, and sort of subconsciously remembered that I had experienced some deep emotional upheaval during the film, and carried the name Biko through the years, though I never expanded my knowledge of the man until I rewatched the film and looked for Donald Woods book. But instead of reading "Biko", I read this. The portrayal of Biko in film always lays heavy just how articulate the man was, and I have found in this small collection of letters and transcripts th [...]

    17. Two and a half stars. Interesting in many parts, but not always super readable. This book needs a serious update to all the introductions to all the essays, to put things better in context for the current reader (now it puts things in context for the reader in the 80s).I won't read it again in full, but I may refer back to some essays later. I love that Biko quotes Karl Jaspers--I've never even heard of anyone else I know of actually reading The Question Of German Guilt.Reading this book has bee [...]

    18. Biko is considered the father of the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa. He was murdered by South African police. Although he wrote in the 60's and 70's, his brilliance and vision for dignified communities and a better way of life continue to inspire.

    19. I was just disappointed by the selected writings in this book. I really did try to find what everybody else was hyping the book about. I failed. That probably makes me 1 of the thousand that really love this book. Sorry, I couldn't help it.

    20. I read select articles from this in World Lit. and fell in love with Biko. Here is someone who, against all odds, fought for what he believed in and didn't care who hated him for it. We had a discussion in class saying how Biko is pretty BA. I can't see how anyone aposed him.

    21. the bulk of this book is under chapter 15; where Steve Biko displays a quantum perception of the apartheid realities in his time. The court cross-examination is really illuminating.

    22. A difficult book to read, because one had to think carefully over so much said by Steve Biko. A pity that our country lost someone of his stature so young.

    23. This was a beast - To enjoy this you really need the contet of Biko's life - which is NOT in here. Read it if you have already done your research on 70 South African history.

    24. I found this collection of writings an excellent analysis of race relations and the fight for civil rights. Biko discusses among other things, his strategy to fight South African apartheid, what room there is for the non-oppressed (at home and abroad) in this fight, and the merit of certain short-term goals (hint: integration isn’t always good). Always relevant, one cannot help but see numerous connections between the fight Biko describes, and the BLM movement or Israel-Palestine conflict. Bra [...]

    25. It took me a long time to read this even though it's a short read but it's simply one of the best books I have read in my life.I Write What I Like is a compilation of Biko's writings and recordings about Black liberation during Apartheid South Africa, something he didn't get to see in his lifetime. Biko died in police custody.Biko was a leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, which is painstakingly described in this book. Black Consciousness is a theory, method and practice aimed at Black pe [...]

    26. A compelling writer on enduring struggle for consciousnessAs a clear formulator of a useful, modern, Black Consciousness for South Africans, Biko is unimpeachable - his criticism of liberal whites is fundamentally sound, that a racist system, in its import, taints the actions of everyone who works within the system as racist. Biko is working out the nuts and bolts of his theory of African advancement and affirmation while working on the front lines of the struggle. The intensity of the struggle [...]

    27. I read this book originally for the express purpose of using Steve Biko as a companion to a dialogue with Socrates (this was for a school essay). I'd heard of this man often but my understanding of political matters has been sketchy until recently and so I finally tackled him.What has struck me is his lucidity, humanity and deep analytical skills. This is a man who didn't learn about oppression through reading the odd Buzzfeed article or Guerilla Feminism post - he analysed and deconstructed and [...]

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