Trying to hold today's (white) born-free generation responsible for Apartheid is a justification of one’s own hatred for the white man. The truth of the matter is that white people in South Africa, of all ages, are also victims. Now before you get your Q’s and C’s in a knot, hear me out…
I believe all people are born without hate or racism. These 2 despicable traits are learnt, and more importantly- taught by someone. I look at my 7 year old boy. He hates no-body (except Manchester United- but I taught him that!) I was born in 1980. I was taught by my Grade 1 teacher on the 1st day of big school: “Don’t put your mouth over the tap and drink water. The blacks do that and they carry disease.”
Was it my fault that I believed that until I was old enough to disprove it? Just like believing trees would grow out of my ears if I ate the whole apple did not mean I was born stupid - believing my teacher’s lies did not make me a born racist. Then, like a child watching a militant sending bombs into Israel from a school in Gaza, I stood in the playground wondering why 3 years later, we were told that black children were coming to our school.
Weren’t we meant to be protected from this evil, diseased enemy? Now they are coming to our school like missiles from kwaMashu!
When they came to my school it was a lesson in humanity to me. I grew up realising that the system I was born into was very evil. I was however, benefitting as black people lived in squalor as us whites, plus the blacks I schooled with were relatively well off.
I grew up slightly confused as older white people reminisced about giving the cat the ham and their boy the bread. I would say to the elders: “That is a very bad thing to do.”, but would be answered back with: “No it’s not, cats don’t eat bread.” to a chorus of laughter. As in all cultures, the elders where the holders of truth and wisdom, however some things just didn’t seem right, and this would be a personal struggle for me as I grew up with a conflicting understanding of life in Africa.
So now, as a 32 year old man, I have re-evaluated my racist upbringing and have realised that it was a futile attempt by an evil system to keep the system working for the people that benefit from it. One would think that it would be a humbling, life changing realisation, however I have slowly realised that changing my propagated beliefs was unfortunately not enough. I have to, for some reason, apologise for being taught to believe I was superior.
Realising I was a product of an evil system (a victim of a stolen innocence) and changing my indoctrinated mind set was not enough. I must now publicly acknowledge my personal shame and behave in a manner that proves that I am still that racist scum-bag white person- who in fact, is not actually a South African at all, but a parasite to this beautiful land. And then I should also thank all black South Africans for not chopping me to death with a panga, as I rightly deserve.
Now today, just like the media, politicians and widespread propaganda of yesteryear successfully brainwashed whites to believe they were superior, the same is happening on a large scale to black people.
Their anger, shortcomings and inferiority complex gets fed propaganda, which even the most intelligent, open-minded black person will lap up enthusiastically, as it is far easier to have a scapegoat than to accept one's own flawwed indoctrinated beliefs and evaluate one's own true weaknesses, thereby making an unbias, nonracist and fair decision to move forward where all human beings are considered and respected. Instead, today- the black South African has an internationally accepted moral high ground over the ‘racist white man of grandiose ill gotten riches’, which I feel is being abused to keep white people in a manner of shame and regret.
And today, another reason why the white South African is also a victim, is because the black man has been tricked by a similarly evil system to believe that all white people are the driving force behind Apartheid, when in fact they are a product of the system. And the white South African has been branded with this devious distinction.
In Nazi Germany, as in South Africa, the people were "educated" from a young age to the point where they believed that the persecuted people where lesser human and/or inherently evil, deserving of their terrible fate that lies ahead. Their natural ingrained will to love and care would trigger a spark of doubt, however the years of educational and systematic propaganda against the Jews (which in my opinion amounts to child abuse and needs to be identified and gazetted as a crime against humanity by international authority to avoid future blind hatred against cultures worldwide) outweighed that conscious moment of reason, hence the silent compliance.
Can't you not see that South African whites were also victims, as his/her freewill to love and care (which I believe we born with), was twisted, distorted and stolen. Can't you see that the black man today is being fed the same propaganda against the white man by crooked politicians? They would way prefer that you keep directing your hatred against the white man than them and their self serving strategies and tactics that feed their own egotistical greedy will. Can't you see that you blame all whites for their silence during Apartheid, yet you are also keeping silent as Afrikaners are slowly climbing the ladder on genocide watch.
But here's the biggest problem of all: When one day the white man is kicked off the continent, by either murder, genocide or fear, what will the silent majority say? Good riddance? They killed us first? Problem solved? Or will they look at the aftermath of another Zimbabwe, and say: “Did our silent complicity contribute to our terrible plight today?” But, more importantly, will they not one day realise their own love, care and good will was robbed from them and say:
“Was our silent complicity responsible for all the pain, tears and blood shed of our fellow South Africans?”
I believe the answer to this question needs to be answered before the question is asked, and the answer is something that I have heard of a lot in the past, but hardly hear of it today. It’s an African answer that I understand as to how you define yourself does not depend on material things, but of how you relate to your fellow person. The answer is the spirit of Abantu.