Next I will work to show Mr Stanton that stage 5 is way too high when you take the extremist few out of the equation.
To sum up : South Africa downgraded to level 5 (from6 out of 8) on the scale of likely genocide. 5 representing polarisation.
So what motivates me to feel "smug" about this ? Is it that I WANT farm murders to get less attention ? Is that that I'm a paid propaganda agent of the A.N.C ? Is it I'm just stubbornly mildly patriotic and don't want negative light shone on my country ?
NONE of the above.
I am against people blanket classing anything on racial terms. And I have a fucking prety impressive CV of being constantly to that position. Not to mention witnessing my whole l;ife what happens when we veer from that path. The far right extremist farm murder bunch lie. That's a fact. Let's call a fucking spade a spade. They escalate numbers of murders, they hopelessly misrepresent how many farmers exist. They leave out inconvenient facts like they are presenting figures of ALL races. If you're one of these people own up at the very least to yourself about it.
Murders are and have been since we kept record high in South Africa relative to other countries able to keep records (although the accuracy of all those records in highly corrupt countries (hint : south America, rest of Africa, south East Asia) is fairly reasonable to doubt, in our country you can be sure it's chiefly whites doing the books. We have for example the second biggest life insurance company in the world (Old Mutual). We didn't get there without decent actuaries. And I can tell you it's a pretty sharp organisation who takes their research seriously (I worked for them).
People who say things like "South Africa is highly corrupt" while they are correct (as anyone from any country saying that about their government is) I immediately know 2 things about them.
1) They have never been to a properly highly corrupt country. (I have been to a few and I laugh at how people get worked up about travelgate and the arms deal. That's one a good day in these places.)
2) And if they existed in one they would realise that it's not even possible to make such an observation publicly without some pretty hard consequences.
So what motivates me to be smug about this ? Firstly I'm not Smug. I am fully aware that I appear that way but it is a convenient I use to work people up. I'm quite manipulative in that way. I'm actually concerned about racial tensions. And to my mind the only way to deal with them is if the ones who have the power and who did the fucking over make the gesture. It's is beyond human dignity to expect black people to offer the peace branch after what we did to them, and you know what ??? They fucking did ! Just so many of us refused to take it. Talk about spitting in their face.
The rest of us did accept it, in fact the majority of us. I have never failed to raise a warm smile and thanks from a black person with telling them they don't need to call me boss and show them some common decency. This is the way forward. I can't stand up for people who won't show at least in spirit they support unity and equal. That's ticking the box of fascim. And expecting special attention for your group and trying to enforce crushing dominance over another is exactly that.
Now feel free to draw your parallels to the current government. They do that too. But I'm no supporter of them. But is the world black and white and if you're not with them you are against them ? Fuck no. Not to me. I'm a libertarian and want government out of my business as much as the next person. But quite a big part of my world view is that I can't stand for hypocrisy (it's a paradox but it's valid). And the extreme hate poured out of the pores of the extreme white right leaves them on egg shells in this department. Someone has to stand up against a loud obnoxious mean spirited bully for the voice of the common man. And that's what this site is.
There is no genocide in South Africa. And I don't think pretending there is, is doing Any good to stop farm murders. In fact I would go so far as to say that that type of behaviour only increases tensions and lessens safety.
To the farmers of South Africa (white) , I have full respect and support for your existence. I know a great deal of you and the hard work and effort it takes to run a farm. You're good, solid, hard working members of our society and deserve to be protected. We NEED you. But I can't support your cause because of the context and blatant lies presented by the far right. the wolf crying and the divisive fear mongering.
And so for themselves and their hate this lot have raped you metaphorically. Used you against your will or best interests and discarded of you gleefly when they read of your demise to prop up their agenda. Again I ask does Mike smith (Probably Bert Oosthuizen) feel better or worse when he reads about a farm murder ? In fact he feels so good he is the one experiencing being "smug". Hiss "I told you so" appears more important to him than your life. I on the other hand feel deeply hurt and concerned and want to be proactive about stopping the next race based one. As he says "the truth hurts". We whites need to take it on the chin and see that we don't exist in a vacume. Hate and it bounces.
Ask yourself who the real enemy is.
Peace and love