I am honestly just a little bit tired of being told day after day and week after week how to think and act as a white person (or Afrikaner) – especially by white liberal journalists. Almost every article being churned out in the media lately has been an attack on whites or Afrikaners and this reached a climax during that period when some who call themselves “revolutionaries” were damaging and defacing statues and symbols of our past (and openly inciting it without any legal consequences) – even if a statue was dedicated to animals which suffered during the Anglo-Boer war.
During this period, the xenophobic attacks were starting (probably also to be blamed on us nasty whiteys and Afrikaners somehow), yet journalists were spending all their energy on writing column after column battering us about how bad we are and how our symbols and heritage have to go. Spending more time on this than on the barbaric xenophobic attacks, murders and general lawlessness.
I am old enough to remember the “grensoorlog dae” – I was drafted – not through choice. And I am also old enough to know people change their views. I have done all I can to integrate into the new South Africa. I treat black people with respect and develop friendships. In fact, the reality is that most white people do, but it is the media who keep portraying us as if we do not.
The media plays on our conscience and attempts to make us feel guilty over things we should not need to feel guilty. It is a form of psychological battering – day after day and week after week. It blatantly attacks our dignity – and our dignity is supposedly protected by the Constitution.
I also pay taxes. My taxes are a form of guilt money. Those taxes should be applied to help and uplift those who suffered under Apartheid. What the hell else do you want me to do? Give away my property? Pack up and leave? I did not kill anybody even when in the army. I did not shoot or abuse any black people. I grew up over “here” and black people lived over “there”. That was it. Never did I hate or disrespect them – we only lived in different worlds and went to different schools or restaurants etc. (Ironically I was probably more tolerant then than I am today – exactly because of all this current finger pointing and telling me how bad I apparently am.)
I was not part of the security forces who did the actual killing or destabilizing – now why should I feel responsible for their actions? I did not vote for them either and during the referendum I voted “yes” for the liberation of black people even when the ANC was busy bombing civilians and I lost a friend in the Church Street bombing.
In your article you generalise against whites and Afrikaners as most journalists do. You point out a handful of stereotypes who do not represent the majority of whites or Afrikaners whatsoever. The reality is different from what you suggest.
I wish this would just end now. Most of us do our best to integrate and we have to take this constant abuse on top of having to give up many of our rights such as the right to equality in the work place after all this BEE legislation.
We have a Constitution which states we are equal and nobody may be discriminated against based on their race or gender – yet if you are a white male you are now forced out of the workplace or not allowed into others – no matter whether you are a new generation white male who had nothing to do with Apartheid and weren’t born under Apartheid – you just have to now carry the consequences of those before you and be discriminated against just as black people were discriminated against before you.
We have to take all this crap whilst at the same time being constantly attacked, abused and having our dignity dragged through the mud. And it helps nothing towards reconciliation – instead it festers hatred and anger and polarizes us as a nation.
I have had enough of being told what to do and how to think. I am sick of constantly hearing how “racist” white people are. I carry no guilt for being white (like some opinionistas who even deny being Afrikaners even when that is something impossible to escape). I pay my taxes and the ANC government must use those taxes to build houses, create jobs, infrastructure and uplift their people. If they steal that tax money or abuse it, then it is none of my doing. And at the same time I respect my fellow South Africans and wish they could respect me as a fellow South African.
The majority of us are simply getting on with our lives. We work, we create jobs and we live in peace. We do not run around torching things we do not like or killing foreigners or farmers we do not like or looting shops or destroying statues of those who happen to have a different heritage or history.
So stop pointing fingers at us and acting as if you are all so high and bloody mighty (nobody appointed you as the moral police). If you have a guilty conscience for being in the previous intelligence services then it is your problem. Don’t make your conscience mine. It is about what we are doing now – today – and what we will do in the future – not all about what we have done in the past. We should not forget the past, but we cannot forever continue living in it. Learn from the mistakes so we do not ever repeat it.
Lastly – people naturally gravitate towards their own culture no matter where in the world they are from. New York is the most cosmopolitan of all cities, yet when you go to Brooklyn you will find distinct Irish, Italian, African-American, Polish, Indian or Jewish areas. It is the way people are. They associate with their culture and ways of life.
– J. Smith