Thursday, May 24, 2012

I am a racist

A very well written piece by TheFridaFactor at MyNews24.

The spearA South African artist called Brett Murray has been causing a huge stir since his painting of South Africa’s president titled The Spear was put up in  a local gallery. The ANC have worked themselves up into a total frothy about the painting and their biggest issue with it - It’s racist. ???????

Disrespectful, maybe. Rude, maybe. But racist???

That little word that has become the political whip with which the ANC work the masses up into angry mobs and riots anytime something happens that they don’t like. And it’s becoming really really tiring.

In South Africa, the word racist has lost it’s original meaning and now only get’s used to describe a white person doing something a black person doesn’t like. You never hear it used in any other context. You can’t say to a black CEO that he is racist because he won’t hire white people, no - he’s just making sure that only blacks get hired because of BEE. You can’t call a university racist because they won’t accept an application from a white student with straight A’s for 8 subjects - instead taking on a black student who barely passed matric. Nope, they’re not racist, they’re just correcting the wrongs of the past. But god forbid you do hire the white person or you do admit the white student, you’ll be branded racist by the government quicker that you can say “colour shouldn’t be the issue here” because how dare you choose a white person over a black person in a democratic South Africa.

Most of the time when you are a white person and you call your fellow countrymen to be held accountable for their unacceptable words and actions such as corruption, nepotism, fraud, theft, you’ll be branded a racist.

Today, I shouted at a taxi driver who pushed in-front of me nearly driving me into the curb with no regard for the fact that I have a child in the car - I must be a racist, because only racists care about road safety it would seem.

I complained to the manager of my bank because the woman handling my account is so incompetent and hasn’t responded to one email or message I’ve left her for over 2 months!  Nevermind that my account is about to be shut down because of FICA. I must be a racist then because only racists expect service from a bank and stupidly think an organisation is going to actually do the job they promise to do in all their marketing material.

The other day my husband confronted a woman outside a shopping centre after she carelessly threw her fast food packet on the floor less than 10cm from a dustbin. Her response - "you’re just a racist". Yes, you’re absolutely right, because only racists care about keeping their city clean and litter free.

I fired a lady who worked for me once because I caught her rummaging through one of my cupboards and she had taken my passport and other belongings which I found in her bag. Her only response - "you’re a racist". Yes, yes I am. Because only racists think that stealing is a criminal offense and is done by people with no morals or conscience.

I swear being a white person in this country can be very bloody exasperating at times. The ANC has brainwashed the masses with this little word - racist - to the point that it’s actually completely lost its meaning and now get’s used totally out of context. Most days I just let it pass and I don’t go into effect of it. But today is not one of those days. Today I’m angry and today I’m sick and tired of it.

I’m not shouting at you because you’re black, I’m shouting because you’re a maniac on the roads who is a danger to society.

I’m not complaining to your manager because you’re black. I’m complaining because you’re an incompetent moron who is incapable of doing her job properly.

I’m not firing you because you’re black. I’m firing you because you’re a thief.

I’m not confronting you because your black, I’m shouting at you because you’re a messy pig who expects other people to clean up your mess.

Please get over yourselves and move out the way of the remarkably amazing black people who DO take total responsibility and who actually want this country to work for ALL the people who live in it.

If being a racist in this country means that I will stand up for my rights, fight for what is fair and true and hold everyone around me accountable for their words and actions, then I am a racist through and through. If being a racist means that I believe in freedom of speech and expression and that everyone’s point of view is relevant, no matter what colour, age or sex, then I will proudly announce to all who can hear that I am a racist. If being a racist means that I believe we should all be treated with the same rules and consequences and that no-one, especially not the President, is above the law and exempt from criminal prosecution when that law has been broken, then print me a t-shirt saying “I am a racist” and I will wear it in the streets. If being a racist means that I will not stand idly by while the few, corrupt pigs in the ANC rape this country for everything they can get with no regard for the poor and the homeless and the uneducated, then I’ll get I’m a racist tattooed on my back.

Mr Zuma and the ANC - you need to get a different vocabulary. Instead of shouting at someone like Brett Murray about a painting being offensive, maybe you should be asking yourselves why he painted it in the first place. Instead of wanting to take Zapiro to court every time he depicts the president & his shower head in one of his cartoons, why don’t you stop to realise that there is truth in everything he draws and that your angry responses are really due to the fact that he keeps hitting a nerve that’s a little too close to home.

Maybe, Mr Zuma, it’s time to take a long, hard look in the mirror. If you were honest with yourself  you’d see that people actually have very little respect for you because some believe you have lied and cheated your way through your Presidency. According to reports you have been involved with more seedy, corrupt criminals than Horatio Cane and that you have abused funds for personal gain. Even the great Oliver Tambo’s daughter doesn’t think much of you based on what she had to say about the painiting: “He should inspire the reverence he craves. This portrait is what he inspired”

You Mr Zuma and your ANC are a bunch of CANTS!
CAN’T let go of the past
CAN’T stop operating from a place of revenge and hate for what’s happened in the past
CAN’T stop the out of control corruption that is rife throughout every government department
CAN’T seem to get the education right in this country
CAN’T say goodbye of Affirmative Action and BEE which is ruining businesses across this land

But what do I know?

I’m just a white girl talking about a black man.

I must be a racist

**Due to the nature of some of the comments in this article, the text has been edited by the MyNews24 Editor.

The Expanded Public Works Programme: hotbed of scientific activity

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is a South African government initiative to buy votes using a democracy to facilitate the transaction. The poor get instant gratification from jobs in exchange for a long term cost to society. Money is stolen by government officials in other, less visible ways like lining their pockets with tax resources. It’s the kind of thing that America was NOT built on. Shhhhhh.

America is not cool in the eyes of the world I’m not supposed to mention it. (Independence and choice is not cool. Eh. Since when did western civilization become so adolescent?)

In a socialist society scientists are torn between the need to pay tribute to the corrupted tax cycle and the need to establish a credible reputation. Scientists’ reputations depend on sound reasoning but most scientists choose to limit their reasoning to very narrow fields and to balance their needs. After all, everyone avoids making sacrifices from the tax trough as much as possible.

At some point a scientist may need to cross over a threshold to make the transition from science to management. Such a transition should be seamless.  “The goal of EPWP phase 2 is to create 2 for poor and unemployed people in South Africa...through the delivery of public and community services.” In socialist programmes human nature becomes corrupted though and we can expect to find all sorts of anomalies. Like one scientist's suggestion to employ labourers to collect scientific data in the EPWP. Imagine how much scientific data they could collect if they employed 2 million labourers!

Scientists that cross over to management are no longer able to limit their reasoning to narrow fields of expertise and socialism may cause them to abandon all reason. 

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Spear. Had it been...

...erect then it would have been a whole different story.  All would have been forgiven.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CCMA & labour legislation: Today I may have terminated a good domestic worker’s employment.

One day I came home from work and opened the freezer to pack away some groceries. I could hear Julie was finishing off the ironing in the room next door. A pack of opened chicken breasts caught my eye. I could have sworn I still had a full pack in the freezer before I left for work in the morning. I don’t know how long I stood in front of the open freezer staring at the chicken breasts. All the while I was standing there; I could hear the rhythmic back and forth of Julie’s iron moving on the board. Julie was a hard worker. She could barely speak English. And she came in a little too late or left a little too early every day but during the time she was in my home she would work like a horse.

Unfortunately for Julie, I have been robbed of laptops, GPS’s, cameras and everything else you can think of so I have paranoia about my stuff. Even chicken breasts. That afternoon I gave Julie a wad of cash and explained that I was not able to afford her services any longer. I explained that I wanted her to take the time that she would have worked for me over the next month to look for another job. I was worried that Julie would take more stuff from my house if I let her continue to work during the employment termination notice period.

It turns out I still owed Julie money despite the amount that I gave her. The CCMA explained the law after Julie made enquiries with them. I didn’t realize that we needed to pay UIF to an employee that worked more than 24 hours per month and since Julie worked for me once a week, I needed to pay up the amount I owed for UIF.

When Julie came to collect the money I wrote a note to the CCMA’s representative and apologized for my negligence. I knew I should have contacted them to enquire about the legislation before I terminated Julie’s contract, which I didn’t do.

In the meantime I discovered a very expensive clothing item that went missing on the same day that I discovered the opened pack of chicken breasts. I was feeling outrage at the thought of Julie’s generosity with my belongings when I was writing the note to the CCMA. So I mentioned that I also deeply regretted that I never approached them earlier about a theft problem I had with Julie. Julie read the note, which I was hoping she would and she confronted me. I realized I made a mistake. Julie didn’t take the chicken breasts from my freezer. I’m certain of it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t say for sure what happened to the expensive clothing item.

I still terminated Julie’s employment.

From the beginning I never gave the CCMA the real reason for my unhappiness. How was I supposed to prove that a maid was stealing from me? I won’t be taking stock of the items in my house once a week to keep records! Cleaning and laundry services may be a little more expensive but I’ll be making use of them from now on. At least I won’t get a phone call from them on Christmas Day asking me to send them money because they’re stuck in Johannesburg, a million miles from home and without a cent to their name. Also, they don’t worry about getting paid with new R5 coins. My money – any of it – will be good enough.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

South African culture war: advanced civilization and noble savages

I have a non-white friend that is very well educated and she works in the South African legal profession. Unfortunately, she is not terribly informed about current affairs because she only reads the mainstream newspapers. She once needed a place to stay for a few days and I offered her a bed in my spare guest room. One evening we were having a discussion about politics and she declared that white people didn’t contribute anything positive to South Africa. There was great irony in the fact that she was in my home and making use of my hospitality while we were having the discussion. It completely escaped her attention. I disagreed with her and I didn’t offer any reasons.

Intelligence is correlated with the Human Development Index and blacks, on average, have lower intelligence than whites. Most whites don’t know because they don’t have any interaction with blacks or they deny the reality. There is a ton of information on the web about empiricism and the term has many meanings and uses. I like to use the concept to illustrate the differences between white people that have experience of interacting with non-whites; and white people that have no such experience. All South Africans know a joke, or some variation of it. What’s the difference between a South African tourist and a racist? Answer: 1 Week.

One of the most beneficial aspects of empirical reasoning is the knowledge gained about a person’s or people’s limitations.

Blacks had a greater balance between rational and empirical reasoning before they gave it up for the perks that came with western civilization and the accompanying information overload. Only deluded liberal whites still believe the concept of the ‘noble savage’ exists. Blacks fully embraced the perks that came with civilization, which also means they sacrificed the balance they once had between rational and empirical reasoning. Since they have lower intelligence than whites their struggle to regain balance is greater than our own.

On Saturday the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) issued a statement, "Casac condemns in the strongest terms the reckless attempts by former president FW de Klerk to justify and defend the apartheid system”…"The very notion of 'separate development' was at the centre of the apartheid ideology, and was predicated on notions of racist supremacy as was Nazism." Apparently many non-whites are outraged by the comments made by FW de Klerk during the CNN interview that aired 10 May 2012.

Avatar: Hollywood's depiction of the 'noble savage.'

Unsurprisingly, non-whites are still angry and offended because whites do not want to mix with them.

White people work with management systems and put rules in place. They’re productive. They believe that professional people have more than their own pockets in mind when they pursue tasks as part of a team. They keep their noise down in the office environment because it allows people to focus on their work and to be productive. They respect each other’s spaces. And they know deep, down that life is not fair. Hard work does not always produce equal success amongst everyone. These are the things that come to mind when I notice some things that are missing in black culture. They are important qualities of a civilized culture. Blacks have a remarkable ability to dress well. I love the black culture’s dress sense. But it is not really a valuable quality unless they’re able to manufacture the clothes they like to wear.

My experience with non-white culture has shown me that non-white races in South Africa would not have achieved the same level of civilization we have today without external influences from foreign cultures.

It is disgraceful that the white race has come to expect that a less intelligent race should know its limitations; meanwhile whites have no understanding of their own. Part of the reason that no-one ever uses the term empiricism is people consider it to be dead. We need to give the same prestige to experience and empirical reasoning that is associated with rational reasoning. We need to value our elderly more and we need to value the knowledge gained from life experience. But everybody loves our modern world of gimmicks, hey.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Black hate speech is fine, but white racism is not

cactusfrom Channel 24:

SAHRC: 45 complaints against FHM model

Cape Town - The South African Human Rights Commission has said it received 45 complaints against model Jessica Leandra dos Santos regarding her racist tweet, but the commission has received none against actress Tshidi Thamana for a racist tweet posted in retaliation, reports IOL.

On Thursday, former FHM Model winner Dos Santos posted the following message on her Twitter account: "Just, well took on an arrogant and disrespectful kaffir inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have."

At the weekend Tshidi Thamana posted the following message in response: "Dear Mr Peter Mokaba?? I wish all whites had been killed when you sang 'Kill the Boer', then we wouldn’t have to experience @JessicaLeandra’s racism."

Dos Santos' post has since been removed and she posted an apology on her website while Thamana's Twitter account has been deactivated.

Vincent Moaga, the spokesperson for the SAHRC, has expressed the commission's concern over the presence of discrimination on social media platforms.

IOL reports Moaga said: "The commission is currently processing several complaints relating to remarks that Ms Jessica Leandra dos Santos posted on Twitter. In addition, the commission has received complaints relating to racist remarks that have been made by others on Facebook."

On Monday Democratic Alliance spokesperson Mmusi Maimane also expressed the party's concern over the damage that has been done by the racist tweets. He offered his home as as a place for the two models to reconcile.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Will this also receive international exposure?


Channel 24:

Johannesburg - Another model had to apologise after she tweeted, in response to Jessica Leandra dos Santos' racist online rant, that she wished all white people were dead, the Witness reported on Monday.

Tshidi Thamana tweeted: "Dear Mr Peter Mokaba?… I wish all whites had been killed when you sang 'Kill the Boer', then we wouldn't have to experience @JessicaLeandra's racism [sic]."

Dos Santos tweeted on Thursday: "Just, well took on a an arrogant and disrespectful kaffir inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have [sic]."

Dos Santos, who was men's magazine FHM model of the year in 2011, has since deleted the post. FHM disowned her and stripped of her Modelbook 2011 title. One of her sponsors, QuickTrim, which makes weight-loss products, dropped her. Hundreds of people sent messages on Twitter expressing their dismay.

'Racism is wrong'

Thamana's tweet drew widespread condemnation. It was later removed from the social networking site, although she initially defended herself: "Dear all … Why do people think I am a racist when I said it was wrong to be racist SMH [shaking my head] … Really!"

International relations and co-operation department spokesperson Clayson Monyela tweeted to her that her words amounted to hate speech.

"We have to value each other and not condemn each other," she responded.

Although she initially declined to apologise, she crumbled on Sunday and tweeted: "Yes, racism is wrong and I apologise for the 'kill all whites' tweet … It was tweeted in anger."

Later she added: "Dear SA, sincere apologies for the death wish for white people, it was tweeted in anger and yes, condemnation of each other is wrong."



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