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Calling attention to slaughter of white farmers in South Africa is racist

Calling attention to slaughter of white farmers in South Africa is racist

c (15)What the heck is going on in South Africa? South African President Jacob Zuma was booed by his own people at Nelson Mandela’s memorial and his translator was fake. The same translator, by the way, also did his weird mime when Zuma infamously sung “Shoot the Boer.”

Last year, Zuma’s party, the African National Congress (ANC) “promised to stop singing the anti-apartheid ditty Dubula iBhunu (Shoot the Boer) to avoid hurting the feelings of white farmers and inflaming racial tension,” as reported by the Guardian.

The story of South Africa has been on my mind ever since I wrote about Zimbabwe’s horrific new legislation at Liberty Unyielding. It is well known that Zimbabwe seized farms from white people in 2000, which has resulted in poverty and hyper-inflation. Now, Zimbabwe is taking it a step further by seizing businesses belonging to white people and “foreigners,” mostly Nigerian and Chinese. The government is hand-picking “indigenous” people (cronies) as the new business owners. I could not sum up how awful this policy is better than Bhekuzulu Khumalo.

Those who do not comply will face prison. It is reminiscent of what is happening in Venezuela, under the genuinely creepy Socialist President Nicolás Maduro, as discussed at Liberty Unyielding.

But this is about South Africa.

It is evidently taboo to discuss the plight of the white farmers in South Africa.  And those who dare to speak out, are mocked and deemed racist by the media in South Africa and elsewhere. It is quite easy to find those articles.

White farmers are subject to horrific abuse at a much higher rate than others, and many are even killed by those who seek to take their land. It is a whispered campaign and statistics are hard to find. A report from the Solidarity Research Institute laments, “police statistics on farm murders must be released…”

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing, some fear the violence will escalate.

John Simpson of the BBC wrote a rare article discussing the matter. He reports,

“There used to be 60,000 white farmers in South Africa. In 20 years that number has halved.”

He writes,

“Virtually every week the press here report the murders of white farmers, though you will not hear much about it in the media outside South Africa. In South Africa you are twice as likely to be murdered if you are a white farmer than if you are a police officer – and the police here have a particularly dangerous life. The killings of farmers are often particularly brutal.”

An article from Adriana Stuijt of the Digital Journal from back in 2009 explains who the white people are in South Africa:

“South Africa has about 3-million Afrikaners, descendants of Voortrekker Boers who first arrived there as indentured farmers to produce fresh crops for the Dutch East India Company’s ships to the Spice Islands — who stopped at the Cape of Good Hope to replenish their fresh food and water on these long voyages during the 17th century.”

In 2009, she writes,

“Two more South African farm dwellers were murdered – bringing the death rate for white commercial farm dwellers to 3,037 since apartheid rule ended in 1994.”

Erin Conway-Smith wrote an article for the Telegraph last year, describing the brutal attacks on white farmers.

She writes that the killings are

“a too-common story in South Africa’s rural areas, where mostly white Afrikaner farmers feel they are being targeted in gratuitously violent attacks on their remote farms and smallholdings. They accuse police and government of failing to make these crimes a priority. And as the horrifying murders continue, they are growing increasingly angry.”

In October, people from around the world participated in a rally, Red October, to bring attention to the “white genocide,” organised by Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges and touted by the famous singer, Steve Hofmeyr. It did not get nearly enough media attention, and most of the attention it did get portrayed the protesters the same way the mainstream media in America portrays the Tea Party.

The group, AfriForum, has been helpful in supporting the white farmers in South Africa. Sunshine is the best disinfectant. It is time for people to take this problem seriously.

Watch South African President Jacob Zuma sing ‘Shoot the Boer’ accompanied by his bizarre translator.

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Renee Nal is a co-founder of TavernKeepers.com, a news and political commentary site founded by former Glenn Beck interns. She is also the National Conservative Examiner and a contributor for the Brenner Brief.

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  • Gal Spunes

    The stupifyingly ignorant white western world has an atrocious understanding of the history of SA/Rhodesia/Apartheid etc. We just engage in a reductio ad absurdum of “white man bad black man good” and assume all possible evils of whites in that region.

  • http://gravatar.com/geoffreybritain Geoffrey Britain

    Murder is murder, period. That said, It’s obvious that blacks in South Africa believe that white farmer’s ancestors took advantage of a racist system to acquire farm lands unethically obtained by whites offering those lands for ‘settlement’. South African blacks thus maintain that today’s white farmers are trying to hold on to what is not rightfully theirs. This is not an argument in agreement with the SA black POV, merely pointing out what is precipitating the violence.

    The parallels to the United States and the Native Americans is obvious, though it is not an exact analogy.

    Both South African tribes and Native American tribes practiced and supported the ‘right of conquest’. Europeans did as well, thus within the context of those beliefs, there is no rational basis for objection to the loss of lands to white Europeans.

    What there is a basis for objection to is the racism that kept non-whites from full participation in civilization and its concurrent benefits.

    However, that no longer applies and reconciliation is the means towards a more just society. However, unless and until non-white cultures embrace the four values necessary to success in the modern world they will continue to reside at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. Those cultural values are; education, a strong work ethic, familial obligations/loyalty and personal responsibility and accountability.

    • Gal Spunes

      You forget a fifth value – private property.

      • http://gravatar.com/geoffreybritain Geoffrey Britain

        Private property is an important aspect of both capitalism and of individual liberty. The four values are personal values that a culture either promotes or devalues; when these personal values are inculcated in the young, it results in optimum levels of achievement, within a society that embraces classical western ‘liberal’ values.

        The concept of private property (which native american tribes did not fully embrace) belongs in the societal category, not the personal. Private property can only exist in a society that supports and embraces that concept, regardless of an individual’s embrace of the concept, if the larger society does not support the concept, the individual ‘valuing’ private property is meaningless.

        On the other hand, those individuals who embrace these personal values will do well regardless of the societal values but will of course do best within societies that promote a balance between individualism and societal obligations..

      • Gal Spunes

        Well stated.

        I guess whether you consider it a personal or social value depends on where you draw the line. I consider it a personal value, because the whole concept of private property doesn’t really exist in nature – it is up to the individual to develop a respect for private ownership of property.

        Socially, this personal value (along with the 4 critical values you highlighted) becomes the genesis for a more peaceful, prosperous ownership culture that has been proven – by America more than anywhere else – to raise the standard of living of more people than any other culture.

        Understanding this reveals why there is so much collapse and failure in Africa.

    • eddyjames

      Please name (ONE) Society, country, civilization or mob that was, is or being ran by black leadership that is or was advanced. The USA doesn’t count because ours is half white and still he’s bringing it down.

  • Pixie

    Are any of you actually in SA? Have any of you ever been in SA? No one anywhere outside SA whether you have family here or not, Knows exactly what is going on in this country… Our farmers are being brutally murdered every single day, little children are kidnapped and raped, icons are being charged and anyone who dares open their mouths about anything towards the non-white are being targeted… Surprisingly this article is dead on… with a lack of few other points and aspects….

    • Gal Spunes

      Actually, for reasons I do not care to discuss, I am fairly well versed in the history and ongoing troubles in your part of the world.

      However, nothing beats current information from a direct source…so please…keep us informed.

      Welcome, and stay safe :)