PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
PeterJohn
 
Comments: 15
Article views: 2597
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all PeterJohn's badges.
 

Offended egos aside, could whites actually BE refugees?

23 June 2014, 05:00

I was recently taking part in a discussion about the White South African, Brandon Huntely who has, at last, been denied asylum in Canada.

A senior judge recently upheld the Canadian Immigration Board’s decision to overturn his refugee status originally awarded him.

The general response was what one may expect (or not).   One contributor wrote:

“the details of where Brandon Huntley stays in South Africa MUST be published. blacks must then rob him.” (sic)

Rather harsh.  What do you think about this one then?

“Yet these Canadians take in millions of chinks each year.?Sorry bud, only dog eaters allowed in Canada.” (sic)

Free speech guarantees aside, I’m afraid that this debacle has yet again exposed an altogether horrid undertone that remains ever present in South Africa.

For our entire pretense at liberalism et al, it takes us all of two seconds to revert to what some may say, is our inherent racist nature.  A tendency to instantly start throwing around racist slurs, however tongue-in-cheek, seems just an instant away.

However, to the issue at hand, as the debate continued someone mentioned that had he been black, no one in Canada would’ve even ventured a response and “voila” he would be “un canadien” in no time.

This got me thinking further.  I recall the time that I spent in the UK (2004-2009), when so many Zimbabwean asylum seekers arrived on the UK’s shores.  Whilst many of them were genuine asylum seekers, I personally know quite a few – who are not. As it happens, I know of a few black South African’s who posed as Zimbabweans, fake documents in hand and managed to pull the wool successfully over the home office’s eyes.  Some were not so lucky but just take a walk down the streets of Luton, Leeds, Coventry, Birmingham, Leicester and Milton Keynes and you will find that many, many were.  Do not misunderstand me, this is not an attack on genuine asylum seekers, the world needs to take care of it’s vulnerable, however the issue of Mr. Huntley seems to have exposed (as much as I hate to admit it) a double standard in the system.

Can white people be refugees?

I mean that sentence in its entirety.  Can we actually BE refugees?  With such well-established opinions on what refugees are, could we ever be seen as such especially if (and I’m not convinced Mr. Huntley would fall into this category) he had a genuine claim?

My Mother is Zimbabwean.  I have cousins who still live there – but one of my cousins who left for the UK with his wife, was allowed there ONLY because she has British Citizenship.  I know of a great deal of white Zimbabweans who, with no access to EU passports were denied refugee status in the UK.  The irony here of course, is that one could argue that black Zimbabweans voted in Mr. Mugabe (and I have personally witnessed debates in the UK by black Zimbabweans singing his praises, who are in the UK by virtue of asylum and refugee status), yet after getting rid of the evil white farmers, they then went running back to their erstwhile colonial power.  Forgive me but this seems all too much like a fait accompli on the part of the Zimbabwean government.

I’m not picking on Zimbabweans, they just happen to be the convenient example in this context but is it true that in the world right now, there exists such an ingrained and accepted “reality” that if you’re black and African you are instantly afforded “asylum status” because clearly you need it?

If I were a black African, I would find this MOST insulting indeed.

Moreover, should I be flattered or insulted because the overriding perception is then clearly that because I’m white, my life is SO fabulous, that I couldn’t possibly be a refugee?

Let’s hope that we never have to find out the answer to that question.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
PeterTracey
Decisions, decisions

Some things are not as easy as they seem. Read more...

0 comments 223 views
Submitted by
James Matoma
Bafana is a national embarrassmen...

How can the minister of sports and recreation, Fikile Mbalula, claim that he was satisfied with Bafana Bafana’s performance? Read more...

15 comments 647 views
Submitted by
Kalibanache
Clive Derby-Lewis and the rest of...

Forgive. Forgive me, forgive other people. Forgive is to forget, otherwise you have not forgotten.  Read more...

17 comments 591 views
Africa must break from negative n...

Despite decades of conflict, death and tragedy, coverage of issues in Africa has often been ignored, oversimplified, or excessively focused on limited aspects. Read more...

11 comments 344 views
Submitted by
Amaps
Let the Chuch be the help to the ...

So disappointing how the "church" which claims to be the body of Christ, its not as it should be, its operated like a corporate company. Read more...

133 comments 744 views
Submitted by
MarkH
South Africa: The reality show

I see a tendency – just love that word – developing lately of the regime – another old favourite – to spread far and wide as much confusion as possible, all involving spending my money, of course. Read more...

5 comments 445 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.