Dear white South Africa,
First let me make it clear that as a white South African I too become extremely frustrated at what I see, at the corruption, the crime, the greed, the list goes on.
What frustrates me as much, though, perhaps even more, is the way we are dealing with it. Since the end of apartheid, what have we actually done?
We have retreated behind ever-higher walls, and hidden behind the anonymity of the internet to vent some sometimes appallingly racist rhetoric.
At that is the main purpose of this letter.
It is directed at those members of white South Africa who come on to internet forums and say the most horrendous things about black people, that they are unintelligent and savage and un-evolved.
Now you may think that I am going to lecture you on moral grounds, but you are wrong. What frustrates me is the pure, blind stupidity of these actions.
Can you not see that you are playing directly into Malema’s hands? That you are doing exactly what he wants you to do?
Why is the ANC still in power? After such evident corruption, maladministration, and blatant lying (like Schabir Schaik being terminally ill, seriously!), why does black South Africa continue to vote for them with a sixty percent majority?
And the answer is: because of white South Africa.
That is the only tool that the ANC has. They need to keep the racial divide as wide as possible, because that keeps black people voting for them. Just as the Nats used swart gevaar as a propaganda tool, today’s ANC needs wit gevaar. It’s all they’ve got.
And the thing that frustrates me so much is that we are playing directly into their hands. Pretty much none of us have learned a black language. We shout so passionately for the Boks but we don’t even turn an eye to our soccer teams. Instead we come onto the internet and spew racial hatred anonymously.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t totally hate the ANC. They have some good people, but what I do hate is that the sixty percent majority, time and time again, vote blindly. That is not what a healthy democracy is all about, and that is what’s going to take us all down the sewer.
The way to bring that sixty percent down is not to sit behind our fences and shout insults. The way to bring that sixty percent down is to reach out to our fellow South Africans, and show them that we do not disrespect them.
The massive irony is that those right wing whites who insult black people are Malema’s puppets. They are his foot soldiers. They are his sales reps, because what he sells is hatred, and they’re out there doing it for him, free of charge.
The irony is incredible. (Amen !)
And the ANC is pretty smart about the way they do it. All they need to do is mention a white tax, or nationalisation of mines, or land distribution, and we go out and do their work for them. (Always been a key message of shutupwhitey.)
We dutifully log on to our PCs and push their agenda by reinforcing what they say about us.
These people who come on to forums such as this and tell black people that they are stupid are in fact acting more stupidly than anyone in this country. How stupid do you have to be to pick up a gun and shoot yourself in the foot with it? (Yup, they are stupid.)
So, dear white South Africa, maybe today extend just one small kindness toward a black South African. A smile, a greeting, hold a door open. It will be worth your while in the long run, I promise you. (Again very wise words.)