Being white in South Africa has just about become a crime. I am tired. Tired of having to take the blame for something I didn’t do, or take part in.
If I am wrong, please comment and let me know. When Johan Nel killed black people a while back, it was headline news for weeks, the newspapers and online agencies were falling over themselves to cover the story and sensationalize it. Why? He was white. A white man killing a black man in South Africa is unheard of, the pinnacle of injustice and sin. Not to mention of course, it must have been racially motivated, as are all events that put whites against blacks.
However, when a farmer is killed, his wife raped and burned with boiling water, it makes the headlines for about 6 minutes, and then swiftly disappears into the realms of being another day in South Africa. Dozens of [read: white] people are shot at, hijacked, and murdered in South Africa on a monthly basis yet still there is a vast majority of black people that criticise whites of being racist? I read News24 columnist articles often, and often I see a black individual insisting that the country’s white population apologise and stop their racist ways. Am I missing something here? The vast majority of violent crime in this country is committed by black people, so what must we apologise for? Only whites, it seems, have the ability to be racist. Racial acts committed by any other colour always have an excuse.
Then there was David Bullard.
According to the media, Bullard is the reincarnation of the devil himself, a prime example of a modern day racist. Viva. To quote another News24 user, Unathi Kondile, “We all know Bullard is an unapologetic anarchist writer with a tendency for taking a swipe at blacks now and again.”. Then, we have columnist Mr. Jon Qwelane, of whom I can say exactly the same if I change black to white: “We all know Qwelane is an unapologetic anarchist writer with a tendency for taking a swipe at whites now and again.”. Have a look at any of Jon’s articles. I cannot recall one where he did not cast the racist blanket over just about every single white person in this country. David Bullard was fired for what he wrote; yet I am amazed that Mr. Qwelane’s drivel gets printer week in and week out. Why, David Bullard is the wrong colour. Again - Only whites, it seems, have the ability to be racist.
Welcome to another day in sunny South Africa.
PS: Calling me racist will fall on deaf ears. I have coloured and Indian friends, and often speak to my black neighbour and his wife, and we have great respect for each other.
Posted by: 100% Metro Boer