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Farm killings: Are blacks to blame?

23 March 2012, 07:07

A recent article in News24, slugged “Farm murders: Right wing seeks revenge” states that a right wing leader says the general consensus of a "nood volksvergadering", or emergency meeting of the nation, on the issue of farm murders and the killing of white people in urban areas, was revenge attacks on black people.

The article further elaborates that Andre Visage, leader of the Geloftevolk Republikeine, Covenant People Republicans said people were upset and wanted action. "They want to prepare for war. They want to set an ultimatum: for every single one of our people who are killed by a black person, 30 black people should be killed, because we are 30 times fewer than they are."

Violence breeds more violence, rather arm yourself and shoot the people intruding illegally onto your property. The idea of killing innocent people due to a group of minorities, who represent their race in a disgraceful manner, is the same as giving law enforcement the power and right to shoot to kill in order to curb the plague of police killings.

The sad truth is that black people are the main perpetrators of farm murder, but it's not as if we all converge on farms killing people at random. Some of us are not senseless killers; it's just a handful that tarnishes the image of an entire race. Hence this also means that not all whites are racists, it's just a minority that tarnishes most whites, who are even friends with black people. Like the fight against the E-tolling system we all need to unite and fight the problem together, a call for the death penalty would make a vital difference.

We are all fed up with crime, crime has no specific colour; apart from the colour we bleed when we are affected by it, we all bleed the same. The consensus I deduced from the article is that most News24 users feel that drastic actions such as violence will not curb the problem but inevitably lead to further outbreaks of racial crimes. The consensus also shows me that racism in time will inevitably subside, if we all seek the same goal of peace in our country.

My heart is colour blind, I love my fellow countrymen for who they are.

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