Our world-class bigots

2014-11-24 11:00

We have world-class bigots. We have people who are so hateful their dogs have to stop them barking at black people.

They are so racist that these same dogs can see colour. These are people who are so into white supremacy that Jik could name a bleach after them.

Of course, the danger is that we label all white South Africans as raging bigots. They are not. Privileged and often unconscious? Yes.

Some say black people can’t be racist. This argument can be defeated in two words – Jimmy Manyi. Obviously, in a historical context, comparing white racism to black racism is ludicrous. It’s like shooting people who “poke” you on Facebook.

On average, white people are so much better off that even intimating they are oppressed is, in my mind, almost hate speech in and of itself.

Next, people will be expecting Woolies to offer a discount for asylum seekers. Look at attitudes around affirmative action. How is fixing the injustices of the past reverse racism? That’s like calling a diet a reverse buffet.

While historical and structural racism created most of the poverty we have today, the solutions are more complex. Look at Parliament this week.

DStv doesn’t need a porn channel. We have Channel 408 where we can see the poor getting screwed daily. This week, we saw a guy who bid R19?million for a buffalo defending another guy who blew R14?million in state money on landscaping. Very revolutionary, comrades.

A few weeks ago, the ANC released a press statement saying that the poor still had faith in the party. It’s never good when you need a press release to tell us that. The liberation movement has been parked in neoliberal for so long its neutral gear sounds like Gwede Mantashe singing dubul’ ibhunu (Shoot the Boer).

I mean, with communists like the SACP, do we still need capitalists? Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has been clinging to the alliance like an EFF dude to his Breitling.

Metal workers’ union Numsa is gone. Vavi is going. At this rate, Cosatu is going to end up with its own rondavel at Nkandla because Numsa is Beyoncé and Cosatu is Destiny’s Child.

The ANC in Parliament has blocked any accountability for Nkandla whatsoever. Look at Speaker Baleka Mbete. If load shedding could walk, its name would be Mbete. Apparently, if she recognises you, you get a discount at Louis Vuitton.

Instead of actually fixing our problems, we are arresting people who ask questions. It’s ludicrous.

You can jack millions in public money for your family villa, but be rowdy in Parliament and we send in the riot police. How does a dude with 700 charges let them arrest an EFF woman just because she wouldn’t sit down? And the DA? Its official stance is: What the EFF said.

@chestermissing is SA’s top political analyst puppet and is a regular on international Emmy-nominated TV show Late Nite News

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