How many bloody times has this or something very similar being used to justify mediocrity? To justify continues racist policies. To justify more grants, more free free free and more hand outs?
And here I am going to propose whose fault it was, I will be using familiar words but with the True meaning behind it. I will rock and shock your understanding of the dead horse phrase: It was aparthheid's fault.
Why? Because it Was!! No really, it was. But, and here it comes…Why?
Because what did the evil colonial oppressors and National Party policies do? They created this culture into the “previously disadvantaged” of I demand, I want.
Many readers here are too young to have lived in the heyday of Apartheid of the 70s and 80s. Myself included, but I am a lover of history and have come to the disturbing reality that this pathetic blame game and entitlement attitude so rife in South Africa is to blame on the white man.
Malan, Verwoerd, Strydom, Botha (PW and Pik), Vorster, De Klerk and many others. They are to blame.
The 20% non-black populace was fed with lies about the swart gevaar, how the black are all communist savages that will burn and destroy everything, rape and pillage, kill and steal.
This highly effective media campaign succeeded, since they were voted in how many times, their policies to keep the black man away was approved, the white mans tax money, the young soldiers and police men where used to enforce these laws, keep the “savages” in check and under control.
It worked, until the USA and Britain didn’t need the white man to be the anti-communist bulwark at the southern point of Africa to make sure the Atlantic passage remains safe should the Arabs shut the Suez Canal (again). The cold war ended and behind the scene British and American support as well.
In the meantime what did the NP government do for the blacks? They made sure the black man had enough food, after all…a hungry man can’t work in a mine can he? They made sure he was educated, after all an illiterate fool is useless. Hundreds of thousands of free houses were built (granted not enough).
Public transport like trains and taxis where heavily subsidised, after all, the workers need to get to work. Huge, sprawling modern (for the time) hospitals where built all over the show (Baragwaneth was the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere and one of the most modern) that provided medical services. All of this was free, free just like they are demanding it to be today.
It was free so that the NP can keep power, to try and placate the majority of non-whites. The thought process was “why would someone with a full belly want to change anything?”
But when the British and American behind the scenes support for the NP faded in 1989 and De Klerk, Pik Botha etc. did what they did the ANC simply took over the gravy train.
The masses had been given free stuff for close to 50 years. So many have grown up seeing this as the de facto status quo.
It became a cultural accepted norm. Now suddenly the “masters” are a different colour, however the master are still way up there, driving fancy cars, promising the same free stuff as the previous white masters. So nothing has really changed has it ?
We can safely blame apartheid for this crappy entitlement attitude. But the ANC new masters appear no different than the previous white masters… however the black masters aren’t delivering on all the promises…no free stuff…we demand, we protest, we burn, destroy and pillage…
Why? Who cares…
It is Apartheids fault…