A sad day yesterday, irrespective of your opinion on the Red October march. A number of things come to mind when looking at how people and the media reacted to the march. Firstly it was sad to see the media wet its lips to leave journalism at the door and jump on the condemnation bandwagon of the protest (Finally a socially acceptable chance to be provocateurs).
Hell why listen to what they say, who they are, what their grievances are or anything else about the march which was peaceful and seemingly without disruption. No need for anything like that because our preconceptions are enough to go one and pass judgement. Ignore the hypocrisy, double standards and outright laughable omission of our countries values and enter populist hatred.
So people got the feathers in a ruffle because people had the audacity to march against ‘white genocide ‘ , ergo they MUST be racist , all white people must therefore racists , anyone who even leans near them must be racist and unless you condemn these racists you’re a racist too. I’ve not quite seen a greater showing of inquisitional thought crime polemic ever.
Oh and Steve Hofmeyer was there so it’s definitely people just being racists then. Steve and Sfiso Mabhiza Mbatha are let’s say equivalents. Would the reception have been different it was the Red October march against farm murders? I doubt it.
Look you don’t have to agree that a ‘white genocide’ is occurring but they not pulling stuff out of thin air just so they can go be racist in public . We’ve seen people bend over backwards to make apologetics for groups calling for genocide and particular individuals but low and behold people march against brutal and savage murders of vulnerable people in their homes.
I don’t think there is a ‘deliberate and systematic destruction’ of white people in SA but there are no doubts that farm murders and the manner and frequency that these atrocities take place is of particular concern.
‘But crime affects us all?’, indeed but the October crowd never said it didn’t . Or like Trevor Noah tweeted “"Stop crime against white people! We don't care about crime against Black, Asian, Indian, Coloured people!” Really Trevor? Did they say that? Or is it just you projecting your reactionary prejudice on them.
Did you ask the people of Mitchell’s plain why they don’t care about the people Khayelitsha being killed because of gangs and drugs when they came out in protest. Those white people just feigned concerned, I could tell with my telepathic racism radar which lets me pickup on racism before they even know their racist intentions.
Then the expected uber human expectation of having greater emotional ties to strangers than to people you know , your kin ,lost loved ones or your own community isn’t too much to ask is it .Why don’t we ask why race based associations don’t care about other races?
It’s not hard to see why, when you have different rights for different people. The rights of a black person supersede the rights of Asians, the rights of Blacks and Asians supersede the rights of whites extra.
Astonishing how the rule of law (all treated equally under the law) is chucked away at the door. Perhaps the architects of the constitution should have thought about including race based rights scale before including pesky things like rights equality or even better some sort of way of determining what race a person is.
It would have been nice to see people at least listen to what they had to say, ask questions and engage. It would let them know people are listening, that people care and others to highlight the shared challenges of crime even if you disagree with them and here’s why.
The ‘enemy’ is crime, it affects all of us but it’s not equal and criminals don’t rob house x because they’ve already robbed house y and z. We need to know where and how crime is occurring, who it’s affecting so that it can be combated effectively with common purpose. There is very little to gain in equating crime patterns, a house invasion spike is not equivalent to a serial killer terrorising an area.
We cannot stand united if at every turn particularly when people are being killed we attack each other’s motivations even if you don’t agree, rather than rational debate which removes misconceptions. Unfortunately the criminals won again South Africa; you were too busy using the opportunity to grind whatever axe you had.
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