Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Poll result: Southern Africa’s Biggest Kaffir is..

I thought it apt to ponder the use of the word kaffir by putting it in a mini poll. It wasn’t meant as a joke.

FYI, for foreigners, in the South African context the word kaffir has a historical meaning. It was once a blanket term for black southern Africans exclusively used as an ethnic or racial slur.

The original meaning of the word was 'heathen', unbeliever or infidel, from the Arabic word ‘Kafir’. Portuguese explorers used the term generally to describe tribes they encountered in southern Africa, probably having misunderstood its etymology from Moslem traders along the coast. European colonists subsequently continued its use.

It is now an illegal expression in South Africa and racially slanderous although, like the word nigger in the United States, when used by blacks, it is deemed perfectly acceptable but may not be used by the other races. Double standards, of course, but that is an argument for another day.

I think the meaning of the term may have evolved. When an influential public figure (Irvin Khoza) and a parliamentarian (Butana Komphela) used the word recently, they used it in the context of describing an act, that is, “stop acting like a kaffir”. In other words, stop being lazy and stupid.

That implied that blacks have separated themselves into a caste kaffir 'system' and do not view themselves as all being 'kaffirs'. Others may have a different reading but that is also a subject for another day.

I interpret the word kaffir now to include the dregs of society regardless of their race. Y’know, white trash could be considered kaffirs really. Come to Australia and you will see plenty of white kaffirs.

Corrupt officials, the Zooma army of lunatics are all kaffirs and so is FW de Klerk and his crew of sell-outs.

To me, FW de Klerk is southern Africa’s biggest kaffir because he sold out his race. Mad Bob and Mpeki may be stupid and useless but you can never accuse them of selling out their race.

FW de Klerk did sell out his race and for that act, I crown him, forevermore, Southern Africa’s Biggest Kaffir.

5 Opinion(s):

Jon said...

watch it there doberman. Youre good at steering clear of being racist but the last part of this post makes you sound somewhat racist. Angry at de Klerk for selling out his race-that sounds like white anger. Angry because he allowed the ANC to come to power is one thing; angry because he "betrayed" the whites is something else, and much uglier.

Jon said...

watch it there doberman. Youre good at steering clear of being racist but the last part of this post makes you sound somewhat racist. Angry at de Klerk for selling out his race-that sounds like white anger. Angry because he allowed the ANC to come to power is one thing; angry because he "betrayed" the whites is something else, and much uglier.

Doberman said...

@ jon..

Don't confuse me, a white, being angry with a member of my own race as being racist.

Being racist is being angry with a member of ANOTHER race, two different things.

Now, had I said Mpeki was a kaffir, then I was being racist.

Me saying De Klerk is a douche bag sell-out of his own race is like a black man calling another black man a nigger. That is not racist.

Don't confuse the term racism.

Doberman said...

And to spare myself having to explain further blah blah..

I consider Mpeki and Mad Bob and the hierarchy of the ANC to all be primo kaffirs - ALL of them, not because they are black but because their actions are those of stupid, lazy, muddas, ok?

Now, Bantu Holomisa, for instance is not a kaffir and is someone to be admired. Geddit? Comprehend the difference?

Final word on the matter. Agree. Disagree. Use it, don't use it. Who gives a fuck?

Anonymous said...

Cannot agree more with you Doberman, he was our Trojan horse camoe'd as a white man.

Still till today I recall him on TV with his typical "I know better than you" sneer, talking down on others as if they are dumb little kids. Fook, I still hate his guts as much now as I did then!