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Racism not SA's problem, stupidity is

2012-01-31 12:46

It dawned on me recently that South Africans aren’t racist. You’re all just stupid. And when I say you, I mean the agitators, amnesiac freedom fighters and befuddled hangers-on-to-the-past (that includes light-skinned and dark-skinned South Africans).

The greatest threat to the future of this country isn’t racism, because racism doesn’t exist amongst normal South Africans. Say what you like about it that, but that is my gun and I’m sticking to it. Racism is a word for stupid people who don’t know any better.

Stupidity. That is the real problem. That is the ill that will eventually sink this fine nation.

South Africans who want to live in the past? Stupid. Other South Africans who continually blame the past instead of moving forward? Stupid. Finger-pointing, name-calling, Twitter spats? Stupider and stupider.

People who use a knife to get toast out of the toaster? Inconceivably Stupid.

Marching to freedom

Let’s look closer at a little situation that occurred in Cape Town last weekend. Some disgruntled (rightly or wrongly, who knows in these days of fiery rhetoric and little substance) locals planned a march to an open area of land and an alleged playground of the wealthy (white, naturally) elite, the Rondebosch Common.

These clowns were asked to be at a meeting to discuss their grievances. They arrived 30 minutes late (see, stupid) and so their right to protest was denied.

Still, some arrived and were summarily dispatched by water cannons (I made a special effort to attend, because I do love me some protesters getting doused with coloured water by high-powered water cannons).

What does this all achieve? Absolutely nothing other than to rouse to life the drippy bletherings of the ANC’s Chief Minister of Stupid, Tony Ehrenreich. And what does he want to do? Why, he wants to “integrate” the area. (In fact, the direct quote from the paper was, “It is time for the city to be truly integrated. Areas such as Rondebosch and Pinelands must be integrated.”).

Now, due to his mutterings in the past (“we’re coming for you Constantia, oh yes we are” – or something to that effect), some white readers might think that Tony, Tony, Tony is somewhat racist. Not racist, just stupid.

Limp Limpopo

Let’s take a quick break from Rondebosch and visit the Limpopo Province. The entire area is bankrupt. The hospitals are asking patients to bring their own food. The schools have no teaching materials, and places in need of food aid are in such dire straits (calling Elvis) that organisations donating food are being turned away because there is no one present to ably distribute the food.

Say it with me, now. How does one bankrupt an entire province? Stupidity.

And back to Rondebosch.

My mate Tony seems like a good enough guy, and maybe he gets misquoted in the papers (heaven knows, I wouldn’t trust any of the print dailies to get a quote right), but come on Tony, stop being stupid.

If by “integrated” you mean South Africans of all shapes, sizes and accents (let’s get rid of the colours for once, hey) living together peacefully, then maybe you should actually visit the Rondebosch Common and its surrounding areas.

Just in my street alone I have an Indian couple, three black students next door, an Englishman, a lesbian couple that recently got married (so trendy right now) and so on. If you’d care to inspect the Common, you’ll notice that every type of South African imaginable can be spotted there. Not just your enemies of the state, Tony, the dreaded “elites”, but everyone.

Though, if by “integrated” you mean plonking a ramshackle collection of houses in any open area, then you’re just being stupid. Alleged calls by your pals to occupy golf courses? Plain stupid.

Ja, it gets attention for a day or two, but it’s not going to solve anything, and you know that. Why waste your energy on being stupid. Be constructive.

And you’re not out the woods, either, grumbling ordinary South Africans of all denominations. Don’t be stupid. Don’t take the easy way out and point fingers and apportion blame. That’s what the stupid people do.

Be clever. It’ll save our country.

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Comments
  • Craig - 2012-01-31 13:32

    :)

      Jarryd - 2012-01-31 14:44

      "People who use a knife to get toast out of the toaster?" I am GUILTY :P

      Tc - 2012-01-31 15:01

      I agree with the statement: "The greatest threat to the future of this country isn’t racism, because racism doesn’t exist amongst normal South Africans" That is very true! Too often our hatred of the plundering ANC is incorrectly labelled as 'racism'. If anybody loves this country, Black or non-Black, then they should hate and denounce the plundering nature of the ANC. That definitely does not make them racists.

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-02-01 00:56

      Let's hope David is wrong, because we all know there is no cure for stupidity! You can change poeple's believes, assumptions about the world and thoughts even about something like racism, provided there is some intelligence to work with.

      jackivdm - 2012-02-01 08:07

      @eye_see_all, according to the Oxford English Dictionary: racism: noun [mass noun] the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races: theories of racism prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. According to that definition, I think that there are very few true racists in South Africa. You may be able to notice differences between cultures of different races, but that's just observation, and it would be absurd to try and pretend that all people are exactly the same (how boring would that be?), you probably do not believe that your race is superior - just different. It is also not racism to prefer to mingle with people who have the same way of doing things than you or have the same interests. You have to have something in common with someone to be able to be friends, that doesn't mean that you think you are superior to people who do not have the same interests as you - they are, again, just different.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-01 10:55

      I am not a racist at all but I am a 'culturalist' in that I just can't understand or relate to people from different cultural norms. By this I mean values and ideals and behaviour and this is not race it is more class related.

  • flysouth - 2012-01-31 13:38

    Ehrenreich is a dyed-in-the-wool Communist - and that is a truly stoopid thing to be!

      Tc - 2012-01-31 15:02

      I agree, he is a pathetic person.

      Chris - 2012-01-31 17:07

      read a lot of Marx lately have you?

  • Truthis - 2012-01-31 13:39

    Excellent!!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-31 13:42

    The best article i think i've seen you write in a while... it's so true. Some people are inconceivably stupid. Seriously, they need an education or just common sense.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-02-01 09:26

      Whats stupid is each successive govt thinking their social engineering will work .

  • gary.hope1 - 2012-01-31 13:57

    I completely agree David, and stupidity knows no bounds on these forums. Now how do we treat this scourge of stupidity in SA, any ideas?

      Ivan - 2012-01-31 14:17

      Convince the sheep to vote out the morons running this country.

      Ziggie - 2012-01-31 14:44

      Ivan unfortunately birds flock together, they have no idea whjo or what they vote for,!!!!!

      deanhwright - 2012-01-31 16:09

      They dont know that they dont know!

      Pierre - 2012-02-01 08:00

      Remember how the whites voted a few years back? O yes, we are not allowed to refer to the past.

      stevie0064 - 2012-02-01 13:37

      Wow. Was my comment of a qualified vote system so offensive that someone reports it as abuse? Pathetic.

  • PointBlank - 2012-01-31 13:58

    Oh David, stop being stupid :) I have been bleating this for the last 2 years, people on News24 are stupid. there is the occasional well thought out comment but the large majority of commenters are stupid..

      Deon - 2012-01-31 16:05

      U2, not the group?

  • Bernice - 2012-01-31 14:06

    Finely, Someone who has the nuts to say it like it is! Well said David, I'm sure 10mil other South Africans agree whole heartedly with you. Most of us (black, white, indian, asian......) on ground level, live very happily together and even made very good friends! Stupid people should look down from their pedastals sometime and see it's not half as bad as they wish it would be. The high and mighties should learn to live and let live!

  • Gavin - 2012-01-31 14:06

    I find it amazing that the sins of the 'past' don't include the period from 1994 to date as well, just the pre-abolition of apart hate period. The well oiled machine needs a service desperately before the engine seizes and the lights go out for good. Apart hate aint dead, it's just under new management.

      Neil - 2012-01-31 14:23

      Think that comment puts you in the "Stupid" category...

      derikbench - 2012-01-31 18:16

      Apart hate (sic)... was that done on purpose to match the topic of this letter?

      SarelJBotha - 2012-02-01 16:12

      I find it amazing that the sins of the 'past' don't include the period from 1890-1902 as well. A huge theft took place and a holocaust as well.

  • Boeretroos - 2012-01-31 14:20

    Its a known fact - half of the anc are ignoramiously stupid - OK - I retract my statement - half of them arn't ignoramiously stupid !

      Tc - 2012-01-31 15:04

      The other half are worse!

  • CarlS - 2012-01-31 14:33

    Winning title and article. No short supply of stupid in SA.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-31 14:38

    I am not stupid or racist...........but am flippin tired of the absolute disregard the ANC government have for any people of this country. The only people that interest them are themselves, so yes people will complain and meet in certain areas to get attention. I dont have problems with people of colour staying in my area, they are there already, it is when the ANC keep on reminding people of the past and our farmers are getting killed and land is taken away from the farmers and given to people who destroy the land .........that is what irks me. ANC are bleeding us dry in all ways and no one can do a thing about it....but I am sure if this keeps on there will be WAR. Not stupid

      Neil - 2012-01-31 14:51

      I'n my experience anyone who starts a sentence by saying "I'm not racist but ..." usually means "I am racist and I'm now going to express my racist views whether you want to hear them or not..."

      Sharon - 2012-01-31 15:20

      @ Neil............cant you read properly.........I started with I am not stupid...........or racist..........must I type slower for you......duh

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-01-31 14:41

    Not just stupidity, but bitterness in general. The racists(instigators) are bitter on a variety of topics, not just race. Just look at how Malema/Hofmeyr treat other people they don't like. The worst kind are the knowledgeable/intelligent ones...those who articulate stupid arguments so well that some non-stupid people approve as well. We have those in abundance here.

  • Alex - 2012-01-31 15:11

    but racists are stupid so the line is a little blurred.

  • Wade - 2012-01-31 15:34

    Well the average IQ of just above retard im not surprised.....

  • Athenkosi - 2012-01-31 15:35

    @ Ivan, some honest talk now. You say, get the sheep to vote out the morons etc..vote them out to be replaced by whom? The DA? Unfortunately Ivan this won't happen for a very long time..Why? Trust. The majority, black people, simply do not trust whites. They've been burnt before in recent memory and they still feel that when in power white ppl will look after their own. Compare white burbs in CPT with the black townships. Chalk and cheese my friend. Your counter-argument might be where does the DA gov get the bulk of taxes, Answer: the white burbs. Therefore they deserve better stds of living by virtue of being the biggest contributers. A valid point. But how the hell is a black voter in Khayelitsha going to vote for the DA when his situation isn't materially different from apartheid days? The DA needs to do more @ building trust within the black community. A friend of mine recently had a job interview with them, out of 15 panelists, 14 were white.We are a country with many beliefs and values, the DA needs to represent the demographics. It will go a long way in cultivating broader solutions, not just those that suit the already privileged

      manningi1 - 2012-01-31 16:19

      Need affirmative action. Another stupid

      CALAMITYSA - 2012-02-01 07:29

      Sheep will vote like sheep

      Ivan - 2012-02-01 09:05

      So what you are saying is that it is better to keep voting for the ANC?? Most of the Western Cape blacks actually have changed from sheep to educated voters who care what happens with their vote. Ergo the Western Cape is now one of the most effeciently run provinces with increased service delivery and transparency in tenders (contrasst this to ANC heaven Limpopo). This has also happened in Midvaal and in fact all the councils that have switched to the DA are enjoying vastly increased support amongst blacks. This is because they see their councilors working for them and not jostling in Makro to get the best deal on Johnny Walker blue. Legislated Apartheid was around for 40 years so by your argument the blacks will have to get burnt by their own for another 23 before they change......Baaaa Baaaa Baaaaaaaaa

  • Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-01-31 15:37

    Mhmmm... I'm reluctant to reduce people to simple stupidity. I personally think the issues of South Africa relating to race may have morphed into Racism but it was always classic CLASSISM. We get rid of social, economic and political class and we've won. Reducing is to Stupidity is an oversimplification of a larger issue and that is simply stupid on its own.

      Dylan - 2012-01-31 15:50

      Pretty sharp but it was a good read anyway.

      Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-01-31 16:09

      Indeed it was... and somewhat amusing rather than impassioned.

      manningi1 - 2012-01-31 16:21

      Pure communism. Everyone is equal (except some...etc) Stupid

      stevie0064 - 2012-01-31 16:42

      I'm curious: what is your view on Joseph Stalin's "collectivisation" schemes?

      Pierre - 2012-02-01 07:49

      Lwando, well put.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-02-01 16:10

      "We get rid of social, economic and political class and we've won". -Thus communism. You must be joking, especially in view of communism having been proved as a useless and outdate ideology that traps million into poverty forever while a few get rich.

  • Mpho Selebalo - 2012-01-31 15:56

    I dnt agree with you ! U dnt knw wht u talking about hence it only appears as stupidity to u. U r not stupid but ignorant, I dnt see a point of u being so emotional about this - u even forcing your view point on us. Wake up and smell the future, empower yourself and for a change put yourself in other's shoes. You are a typical ignorant, inconsiderate and short sighted South African.

      Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-01-31 16:05

      He really has a very simplistic view of South Africa. He comes across as pathetically educated about human behaviour and more importantly society. Some people can be ignorant but that doesnt mean they are stupid.

      manningi1 - 2012-01-31 16:22

      Yep that's me.

      Gungets - 2012-01-31 17:12

      Just because you read it does not mean it has been forced on you. It is an opinion. Everyone has one. Just because I read yours does not mean I am forced to do anything, except perhaps stop muself from throwing up. Racism is stupid, and lazy. It tries to tell you that your skin colour is your limitation. Are you happy with that?

      Joe - 2012-02-01 06:42

      "U dnt knw what u" - great spelling there, comrade - and you call the writer "ignorant"?

      Pierre - 2012-02-01 07:47

      Mpho, Lwando, agree it is a simplistic view, but also a dishonest one. The author and article wants to accuse others but don’t want to be accused. He wants to call everybody in government “stupid”, but if somebody calls the Apartheid’s governments “stupid”, they are apparently “stuck in the past”. He does a lot of finger pointing, but nobody else is allowed to point back. Very convenient I must admit. Racism won’t disappear if it is not allowed to be confronted. By denying the past, the country cannot move forward. Many here illustrate this point; because they deny the past, they are unable to move forward.

  • gbbfg - 2012-01-31 16:02

    I hope that Graziella girl reads this.

      Pierre - 2012-02-01 07:53

      I hope she comments too.

  • Deon - 2012-01-31 16:05

    Brilliant!

  • Tershia - 2012-01-31 16:38

    Racism was a problem then (before the Rainbow), as it is now. All because of stupidity, then and now.

  • russell.bennett1 - 2012-01-31 17:19

    The whole article is little more than sanctioned trolling friend, use shock tactics and puerile name-calling to generate hits, comments, and therefore economic gain for yourself as a columnist. No real thinking in the piece whatsoever apart from some mildly amusing tongue-in-cheek quips.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-31 18:01

    The real stupidity lies in the fact that some people refuse to aknowledge differences in culture and expectations, but continue to push people together who never want to be together, nor should be together.

      Pierre - 2012-02-01 07:29

      Equally stupid are people that want to separate people that prefer to be together. Were people not put in jail just because they married somebody of a different color? O yes, we are not supose to go back into the past, then we are stupid.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-02-01 09:39

      @Pierre, no argument from me on that. A wrong is a wrong, but I am talking on the level of nations, not individuals as such.

      Pierre - 2012-02-01 10:22

      Ok, I understand, yes you right. From that perspective, forcing groups of people together can have very negative effects.

  • Tebogo - 2012-01-31 18:51

    Mr. Moseley, you seem to just know how to divide your readers and those that comment on your articles along racial lines. I wish you understood that our history and how we relate as a nation and respond to each other and towards our goverment is a lot more complex than you seem to think you do. Somehow i suspect that you are not as simple and small minded as your articles seem to potray. Your articles have rascist undertones and have hidden hints of a grave amount of ignorance. If indeed you believe that which you write, it is indeed sad. You simply do not understand your neighbours and this is reflected in the response of your other readers. If this is the mindset of most of us south africans, we are lost and are heading in the wrong direction.

  • blerriebrent - 2012-01-31 21:04

    "Stupider and stupider." It's more and more stupid you illiterate blabber-mouth. "Stupid. Finger-pointing, name-calling, Twitter spats?" Don't forget to add Stupid. Finger-pointing, name-calling, News24 spats? Tony 3rdReich has nothing to do with what is happening, except for an attempt to hijack the process and get votes for the ANC gang to rule the Cape Town turf. There are no sins of the past, only sins which continue to present, maintained people like you, who live in a stupor, are in for a big surprise, by the gangsters you elect, irrespective of the gang colours. Since you don't have an incling of what happened, why it happened or the meaning behind the statements, which you clearly don't, try reading a book. Learn at least a little something about economics and how the inflation bubble, added by SARS and other privately owned financial capital corporations around the world, since the 1920s has to pop this year, since it has zero value. Greece down. Italy down. France going down. Guess what will happen to the Euro and the Dollar. I guess the Rand is all powerful and we wont be touched. The 1% are happy to have well-behaved slaves who keep adding to they wealth without question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpg76VjTa58 "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." Emma Goldman

      Gungets - 2012-01-31 21:37

      "Added by SARS and other privately owned financial capital corporations around the world" .. huh?? .. SARS, "inflation bubble" .. Fell asleeep in Ecos 101 did we? But no worries, I am sure you feel better having got that out of your system.

  • blerriebrent - 2012-01-31 22:21

    pologies Gungets. I meant SARB http://www.resbank.co.za/AboutUs/Shareholding/Documents/Index/31%20December%202011.pdf This is part of banking, not economics 101 I find it shocking that you have no idea what an economic bubble re debt-inflation is. No worries. I guess it makes you feel better not knowing.

      Michael Savage - 2012-02-05 09:04

      I'm shocked that you find it shocking that someone random posting a comment on your posting isn't a banking expert ;-)

  • simon.n.spoor - 2012-01-31 23:52

    David Moseley: I have no actual understanding of the myriad of factors at work, both historical and present day, that drive people to protest. I know nothing about politics or economics or the role popular protest has played in shaping the world's history. Therefore, protesters are stupid. David: I have no understanding of what its like to live in absolute poverty. Therefore, those who _do_ have an objection to the present statusquo must be stupid. David: Around my middle class suburban friends its super popular to deny that class discrimination (and with it racism) exists in South Africa or is in any way a problem. Therefore, class discrimination and racism don't exists and anyone who disagrees with me on this is stupid.... Yes David, stupidity or rather ignorance, is a major problem, and ironically, both you and your article (in what it is, not what it claims) are excellent evidence in favour of this fact.

      JodiAllemeier - 2012-02-02 08:08

      Spot on!

  • mary.kircher - 2012-02-01 01:08

    Best post I've read this year ! I'm sick and tired of stupid people too !

  • Emile - 2012-02-01 01:15

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Dave - 2012-02-01 04:41

    The anti-white pc cult tried to eliminate white people with mass immigration of 3rd worlders and ordered us to "assimilate" ourselves out of existence with no preparation made for the time when white people would start calling it genocide. Anti-whites re very stupid. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

      Pierre - 2012-02-01 08:13

      No, anti-racist just means one does not stereotype and discriminate against somebody of a different ethnic group.

      Michael Savage - 2012-02-05 09:14

      Well said Pierre AKA anti-Dave = clever

  • Horatio - 2012-02-01 06:50

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Countries ? Anti-Whites say there should be no White Towns ? Anti-Whites say there? should be no White Neighbourhoods ? Anti-Whites say there should be no White Schools? Anti-Whites say there should be no White Classes ? Anti-Whites say there should be no White Sports ? Anti-Whites say there should be no White Anything ? Anti-Whites say there should be no Whites Anti racism is a code word for anti White.

      Raygunwatson - 2012-02-01 09:23

      Anti-Blacks say there should be only White Countries ? Anti-Blacks say there should be only White Towns ? Anti-Blacks say there should be only White Neighbourhoods ? Anti-Blacks say there should be only White Schools? Anti-Blacks say there should be only White Classes ? Anti-Blacks say there should be only White Sports ? Anti-Blacks say there should be only White Anything ? Anti-Blacks say there should be only Whites Idiot is a code word for Right Wing. Wake up and share , it's the first lesson your mother taught you.

  • paul.africam - 2012-02-01 07:07

    Stupid is the man who pushes early and is caught at the 45km mark....

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-02-01 07:22

    Lot of stupid people in our country nê? Remember - Tony is a Cosatu official - and ANC candidate for mayor of Cape Town. I am sure that if we can stop the HATE racism will also become less. It goes with knowing ourselves and others, accepting that there are different cultures, and rather live with it. Evolution is a very slow process - and changing cultures even slower. Knowing yourself and knowing your abilities - (or lack thereof) - is important. Then we will know that we can all HELP each other and stop the HATE.

      stevie0064 - 2012-02-01 13:44

      Accepting different cultures is one thing, but accepting institutionalised racism (i.e. our own Constitution) is quite another. "It is dangerous to be right when your government is wrong" ~ Voltaire Getting rid of racism involves more than holding hands and singing Kumbaya.

  • Pierre - 2012-02-01 07:25

    Daivd, you speak of “stupid”. A short while back a poem was published on this forum under the same name as yours; a poem that I would classify in exactly that “stupid” category. In your article you are very dishonest, in that you want to accuse others but you don’t want to be accused. You want to call the current government “stupid”, but if some body calls the Apartheid’s governments “stupid”, you call them “stuck in the past”. You point fingers at others, accuse at will, but if others point a finger at you they are just “stupid”? Sounds to me like a case of the “Emperors new clothes”. The majority of commentators on this forum are still stuck in a racist world. A large part of comments are directly racist, or implies it and show that we still have a rasist problem. By wiping racism under the carpet and denying people to look into the past of this country is not going to help anybody.

  • Onke Dali - 2012-02-01 07:29

    If you're trying to be funny stop, you're not!! The only stupid people in SA are those who think that just by saying racism doesn't exist then it won't....STUPID!! They share the same gene as those who say the past must be forgotten or it wasn't that bad because so and so became a doctor during apartheid so how bad could it have been? Stupid if you ask me. The only way for a paedophile to change is if he admits he's a paedophile and takes steps to correct it, same principle applies to racists...try it Chris.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-02-01 07:51

    Just remember all humans a born stupid. It is our responsibility to help children get rid of that stupidity (and even older people) and most of all, once we are able, we need to work on our own stupidity! It really knows no bounds in our reality on earth.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-01 07:58

    Believe it or not I have developed a tablet for stupidity. You take it and you are not stupid anymore. Anyone interested can phone me @ "lose your stupid"

  • rlong1952 - 2012-02-01 08:43

    What saddens me is that SA has the potential to be one of the greatest countries in the world. We have it all, resources, people, brains etc, but the one thing that is wrecking it all is this stupid government. I so wish we could get a decent government in power (colour doesn't count, any colour will do), one that governs for the people not for their personal enrichment. Is that asking too much?

      stevie0064 - 2012-02-01 13:47

      Apparently, yes.

  • Hennie - 2012-02-01 09:10

    and the clever sollution is??? Mmmmm... no takers... well no clever takers anyway.

  • Dustin - 2012-02-01 10:05

    Looking at the past is good, never forgetting the mistakes others before you made. Remember the bad things in history to make sure that they never happen again. This is a smart thing to do, celebrate the good things from the past, the victory won for freedom in South Africa this is smart. So I slightly disagree with the author about the past being stupid, it is relevant for today and the situation the country is in. It is the inability of South Africans in general to move forward from the past, to learn lessons from the past so that the country may become a better place for all who live here. It has become an inherent government culture to try and take the whole pie, obviously the government of today has learned nothing from the failings of the government from the past. NP government wanted the whole pie for whites, ANC cronyism want the whole pie for themselves... THAT is the problem here, we don't have statesman, we have politicians.

  • Greg - 2012-02-01 10:09

    Unfortunately too naive a comment or even worse the ostrich with head in the sand mentality. Yes racism is stupid from a liberal / moderate point of view but the world is not made up of only these groups. Stupidity from this perspective has nothing to do with intellect but rather with a primordial fear inherent in all human beings. We fear that which is different to our frame of reference: race, language, culture, etc. One group fears the other is exploiting / oppressing / misleading it based on these factors. Fear gives rise to both inferior and superior complexes that set groups against each other. Historically, whites (European descent) have had the superiority complex which they have been reluctant to let go and acknowledge others, different to themselves are equal to them. Those colonised (physically and psycologically) have been made to feel inferior and it is this combined status quo that is slow in changing in RSA and that will result in our failure to grow as a nation. Racism therefore is just another form of a superiority complex born out of the mishappenned fear of being inferior to another.

  • Piet - 2012-02-01 12:51

    There is a fundamental problem with the concept that somehow "stupidness" can be cured. Well it can't. People are stupid because, well, they're stupid. Stupideness isn't a kind of "switch" that can be switched on or off at will. It doesn't help to'tell somebody to "stop" being stupid, because a stupid person doesn't know they're stupid, because, well, they're stupid. If they weren't stupid, it wouldn't be necessary to tell them to not be stupid, because they wouldn't be stupid to start with.

  • nctobo - 2012-02-01 16:38

    It bothers me when I read comments such as yours Mr Mosely which tend to reduce, obfuscate and delegitimize the very real problems of race in this country. I can understand the need for some white South Africans to gloss over these problems (such as you do in your piece)whether to assuage their own feelings of white liberal guilt or simply to justify the gross inequalities that still persist in this country. To say that racism is not a problem in this country, and in effect erase years and years of history uniquely characterized by racial segregation and oppression is grossly irresponsible for a person in your position. It adds nothing to the important dialogue that this country seriously needs to engage with. I'm extremely disappointed. I don't know you so I cannot say whether your ignorance on this issue is wilful or just naive, but I would suggest to you to read some postcolonial literature (if you haven't already) and I'm sure this might bring you to a new, and maybe more sensitive understanding of historical legacies such as racism and other forms of prejudices. If your piece is meant to be satirical and perhaps I m taking it too seriously, I would suggest you make this clear to the hordes of (mostly white) yeasayers that have commented here already.

  • blerriebrent - 2012-02-01 16:59

    Exactly nctobo. I also think he and his friends are extremely stupid for making this about race when the number of "white" people in the march, at the common and arrested was so clear for the world to see that David and his friends represent a small portion of the "white" population in South Africa, which after 18 years are still struggling to wake up. Most "white" people there and at Chapman's Peak protests actually give a damn about others and are trying to enforce change by blocking corporate and political greed, for the benefit of all.

  • Toni - 2012-02-01 17:26

    This has nothing to do with colour. It's about rich and poor. And to be honest... Every country in the world got area's where the rich live and areas where the less fortunately live. They do not mingle. You got lower class that goes with middle class and middle class might mingle with the more richer class (regarding housing). There is a reason why roads dont have putholes in Constantia. The people complain by the authorities (and follow up on it). In places like Grassy Park (I know, I've stayed there) people complain to each other but no-one actually phones the right City department to come out and fix the mess. Every area can be green. But in Constantia the sprinklers and plants (in public area's) don't get stolen. in other area's it's gone befor it's even connected. This has nothing to do with race or colour but with attitude. In Constantia the people will phone the police if it's gone the next morning. In other area's people just let it be... THAT'S THE DIFFERANCE THE ATTITUDE

  • blerriebrent - 2012-02-01 19:31

    Agreed Toni. It has nothing to do with class or colour. The people who took part in the march on Friday were of all races and from the poor, working class, petit bourgeios through to upper middle class. Neither that nor the Chapman's Peak protest had to do with service delivery though. It was about political parties not caring about the people but corporations instead. The gap between the 1% and the 99% is growing. The standard of living of everyone is lowering from upper middle class downwards. Economists have warned thoughout last year of what is coming this year. A South African economist has stressed about 2 weeks ago on SABC 2 morning show that he is surprised by the level of South African aparthy regarding the matter. The South African government does not want to address the issue, so people of all walks of life from across Cape Town came together to arrange a summit for jobs, homes and land, without hand outs from the state, just people doing things for themselves. Apparently, the state does not want to address these issues and they don't want the people to do it for themselves either.

  • JodiAllemeier - 2012-02-02 07:59

    Your lack of understanding of real social and economic, human rights and other issues in the country is astounding. Lose your job, go live in a shack, lose your child to a terrible hospital system and then see if you don't also want to try to find ways out of it all - exactly what the occupy the common was intended to do - be a meeting of those disillusioned by failed promises, an attempt to forge real partnerships between communities and find a better life. Way to expose your priveledge. And perhaps try read up about the intentions of occupy rondebosch common before calling them stupid.

  • Neliswa Tyalana - 2012-02-03 07:06

    For a journalist you are very ignorant and stupid. I stay in george where if you look for a flat in predominantly white area you are told its already taken and yet when my white colleague phones the agent it suddenly becomes available, do your research you are an educated person for crying out loud!

  • Quinton Ferreira - 2012-02-07 13:05

    What is wrong with taking your toast out with a knife?

  • Zarah Rautenbach - 2012-02-08 12:55

    tells it like it is :)

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