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Afrikaners online

23 August 2013, 19:31

Let me start off with saying that I love, Afrikaans, and this is the instrument I use when I put pen to paper, when I dream and when I express myself in daily life. Regrettably, through the years I have observed that commentators on Social Media judge individuals, who write in Afrikaans according to various criteria.

The minute you start writing in Afrikaans, people instantly assume that you have to live up to very narrow and specific character types:

1)      You have to be White

2)      You have to be Christian

3)      You have to be heterosexual (For the Bible tells you so)

4)      You have to vehemently oppose the ANC

5)      You have to refer to the DA as the ANC lite

6)      You have to call FW de Klerk a Volksverraaier

7)      You have to believe that ANC (and other clandestine forces) have instigated a targeted campaign to methodically kill off all white folks in the motherland.  

8)      You have to be negative about the whole kit and caboodle when it comes to the “New South Africa” (except towards people who comply with 1 – 7).

Soldiers, before you send the online trolls to attack me with innovative death threats via inbox,  I admit, violence in this country is tremendously high and white people suffer just as much as any other race. The cruelty involved in some of these killings reminds one constantly of the various failures of the current regime (which in essence has its roots in the Apartheid era).

But the thing that gets to me is the fact that people expect you to conform or back off when you write or debate in Afrikaans. If you don’t comply, you get called things such as a “black brother” (I will not dare mention the actual terminology used). They get irate if you take a difference stance with regards to Religion (Especially if you are tolerant). They tell you that you are supporting the ANC in a different form if you say anything Pro – DA. They seem perplexed and confused when you appear upbeat about the possibilities of our country. If you dare link your Facebook profile or email account to any comments, you will be sure to find some of the following in your mail:

1)      Someone wishing that your family gets killed and raped by black folk

2)      Pictures of dead bodies (Usually the victims of American serial killers), claiming they are Afrikaner farmers

3)      Quotes from the Bible

4)      General nonsensical (and badly spelled) ramblings of people with a genuine chip on their shoulders with regards to race.

That is why it really irritates me that people assume I am of a certain creed when I comment in Afrikaans. They assume I will enjoy their racist talks and jokes, and assume I will “like” their comments if they say a soppy prayer in the morning on their profiles. Go look at Facebook pages of amongst others, Sunette Bridges and her fans who typically believe that an Afrikaner should comply with a very specific set of rules.

Let’s get over the BS notion that we are all the same, because we are not. Furthermore, stop promoting your ignorant and hateful campaigns on behalf of all Afrikaners, as you wrongfully assume that we are all on the same page. Some of us are indeed tolerant, open-minded and upbeat! 

If we put our pride in our pockets and start accepting each other, and listening respectfully to another's argument, we can once again regain our pride. Why do successful companies such as Google, as a rule, employ people from extremely diverse backgrounds, with different opinions and thoughts? Go look at their financial results. It speaks for itself.

I firmly believe that the Afrikanervolk, will be much better off if we learn to listen to each other respectfully and stop treating those with different opinions with such disdain.

Voorwaarts my Volk!

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