For all you apartheid "vilifiers" out there, I think one should see "apart hate" in historical context. It was the product of the brains trust of the few emerging Afrikaner elite (the broederbond), who were able to identify that "differences" could cause divisiveness, and therefore instability. They had to do that because they were initially in the minority, so they created a common cause, infused with instability and divisiveness.
They cleverly saw a way of uniting "boers" (Afrikaners) through language, race and religion (although they didn't quite get that right because Afrikaners didn't agree entirely on matters religious, but there was common cause in Calvinism).
Now when the ANC became the government in power, they had 2 "tags" to get people to unite and vote for them; colour of your skin and "victims" (of apartheid naturally).
It is very interesting to me that the Nationalists used "colour of skin" and language to create their power base, and then the ANC used "colour of skin" and "the victims of apartheid" to grab their piece of the "economic pie". Same principle, same result.
I was never a big fan of the Nats tactics but have seen the same pattern emerging from the ANC.
Both the Nats and the ANC don't understand that the missing "pillar" to get their "footstool" to stand, is humanity.
Humans are strange creatures. They are easily manipulated and believe what they see through "myopic vision", but you gotta love 'em.
Eventually, they get a bit P'd off and start asking the right questions, and if they don't get the right answers they "activate" their survival instincts.
What is survival for us wonderful South Africans?
I would like to suggest that for all of us, it's not just about survival, because we are so talented, and live in such great diversity. It goes beyond that. It is possibly about intuition, i.e. we recognize our need for each other. It is possibly about "ubuntu".
So what should we be preoccupied with in order to succeed as a nation? I can tell you with a great deal of certainty, it is not our differences, it is our commonality.
What are those commonalities. To mention a few important ones, we all want to wake up after a good night's rest, go about our daily duties and work, enjoy our daily labour, feed our families, enjoy our friends, and feel loved. In a society where our governments are promoting divisiveness, this is not likely to happen.
So, how do we redress the inequalities of "Apart hate?"
Firstly, to recognise our commonalities. Only then can we become who we really are. Just like the Nats tried to "wish away" the blacks, so the blacks cannot "wish away" the whites.
The political divisiveness that is being thrust upon us (again) must be withstood because of our commonality.
In this country race is sensitive. Let's look at some of the factors that divide people, and we are, after all, people.
Language. In this country there are 13 official languages, and many more dialects, but does this matter? We use English predominantly, but it matters most that we communicate with each other.
Culture. Is there a more culturally rich country than South Africa?
Religion. Ouch. It gets pretty crazy here. Ala, god, jaweh, buddha, krishna, and it goes on and on, whoever the preferred god is.
Race. There is only one race and that is the human race and they all live in South Africa.
Gender. "I am a man, so I do the hunting and you do the cooking. Got it? Right now we understand each other, or not? If not, I killa you, faggot, bitch, non-subservient one?"
Creed (beliefs/superstitions). Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Who can determine whether the belief that a person holds are "right or wrong".
So? Do you see how many other divisive tactics can be applied to manipulate us?
We once proudly embraced that we were the "Rainbow Nation" and we are. I have been privileged to "live amongst you". All of you, white, black, coloured, albino (thank god for you), and it has been a privilege.
We are the people of South Africa. Let us not look at differences anymore. Let us unite in our commonality and work together, before those who seek to divide us rob us of our uniqueness, our rainbow people.
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