By Wayne G (News24.com user)
The country's youth, especially white youth, must defeat racism and defy stereotyping, the ANC has said following the UFS's announcement of fully integrated residences. After hearing about these comments made by the ANC about the white youth of South Africa I felt a sudden sense of urgency to express myself on this platform. The way the ANC criticise racial stereotyping and then use this stigma to hold the white youth responsible and accountable for the majority of racism reeks of prejudice and in essence is unconstitutional.
All racial stereotyping does is magnifies our differences and alienates us further. The media should take responsibility and stop reporting the differences and embrace the similarities we as a nation share.
So in other words, the white youth must stop their racist attitudes and delusions of grandeur entrenched in them by their neo-Nazi forefathers. According to the ANC racism is our fault, we apparently invented it and we are the only racists in South Africa. A comment like this is racist in itself and totally indicative of the ANC’s rampant hypocrisy and racial stereotyping. They keep power by constantly magnifying our differences.
The white youth find themselves stuck in the whirlpool of blame and collective guilt, getting pulled down by this leech-like stigma that seems to attach itself to white South Africans like flies to dog poop. If affirmative action, BEE and the atrocities of the past regimes aren't enough on our shameful shoulders, we have to take the blame for all the current problems that have nothing to do with whites at all, but it's nice to blame someone and divert attention from the real problems which include governmental mismanagement and total abuse of power in nearly every department, corruption, financial irregularities, fraud, nepotism and gross incompetence.
The wasted white youth have become the scapegoat for all the government's short comings. I bet if the sun didn't rise tomorrow the white man would get the blame. Just as the black youth was blamed for all that was bad in the old South Africa, a blatantly obvious reversal in trends is starting to emerge. The George Orwell novel Animal Farm comes to mind.
As a born and bred South African, I am grateful for the way I am constantly reminded that I am white and I must not forget what I had and how we got it. It is truly a unique situation, no civilised so-called democratic country needs to remind its citizens about their race on a daily basis and then preach transformation in the same breath.
We know we are white, we know our ancestors did terrible unforgiveable things to the blacks but there are truths in the word forgiveness. How ignorant do they think we really are? Do they honestly think that we "the white racist supremacist youth" would still be in this country if we felt we were the divine race and the only thing we wanted was to rule the blacks again? Do they think we dream about our parents South Africa on a daily basis and wish for the good old days to return? All we really want is to get on with it, work hard, bring up our kids in a safe society that is protected and fair to ALL its citizens.
Too many air heads at the top
I guess air heads like Malema don't do much for our cause as a country by trying to erase the past with more of the past. What the government is doing is using more of the same ingredients the previous government used and making the so called transformation impossible. Playing the blame game has never fixed anything, so in essence it is futile and unproductive.
The media is another medium that is not as innocent and objective as they may claim to be either. After all, they are the ones broadcasting these stuck records, through their constant focus on the loud mouths of our country exploiting our differences to sell papers and interest in their media business. A big mouth is often indicative of a little brain. Let's not forget that the media are not the people's mouthpiece, they are a cleverly directed self-gratifying organisation exploiting our experiences to keep us interested in their prophecies of doom.
Our morbid curiosity always gets the better of us; doom after all is what sells papers. Just when I've managed to forget about the likes of Malema I hear him bleating about where all the white people are to greet Caster Semenya. Well I heard these comments while I was at work, so I guess that's where a lot of the whites he was looking for were. Someone needs to work and hold up the economy. Do they think our country runs on the fuels of their cheap politicking and continuous trickery and campaigning?
I can say with confidence that I don't only speak for myself here, but for a lot of young South Africans tired of this destructive culture that is lingering around like a nuclear fall out, infecting everything it touches. We are the average Joe in the street living next door to each other, talking normal talk, watching our kids play together, mourning our loved ones killed by violent crime, working together, learning each others names and slowly integrating naturally because deep down we all know it is the normal thing to do. We don't need to be reminded about what colour we are, we can see for ourselves. All racial stereotyping does is magnifies our differences and alienates us further. The media should take responsibility and stop reporting the differences and embrace the similarities we as a nation share.
As South Africans surviving and living together we care more for each other on a daily basis than our politicians living in the land of OZ, with their unlimited funds, luxury cars and get out of jail free cards. Don't for one second think they care about you except during election times where your vote is their meal ticket. If there are any differences out there, it's the vast divide between the politicians and the population who cannot afford all these luxuries that our politicians see as a right. Let's leave the monopoly playing to them and simply get on with it with or without them. They will soon follow, or some one new will take their place. It's really all up to us.
Hat tip: Black Coffee