I've been reflecting on events of the past year, especially things that happened in South Africa, and certain trends and attitudes plaguing our society. Here follows a list of quotes summing up my feelings about things bugging me most in our country at the moment. Note that I am still speaking to white people as a white person, so don't pester me with your anti-black sentiments.
1. To people banning protest marches, and those who reject social justice: 'A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization' - Samuel Johnson
2. To people that are pro-corporal punishment, especially the ones beating children with objects. Also to everyone buying cheap products, likely to be manufactured by children (pretty much all of us): 'The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children' - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
3. To men who are up in arms for being denied the right to grope women up dark staircases. Also those who feel done in when women demand respect. To those who feel deprived of their manhood for being reprimanded when talking about 'sluts' and 'slags'. Note that that right is not even taken away from you (yet), just like you are still allowed to pick your nose in public. Remember, a lot of thinking have been put into feminism, and there are lots of different ideas within the movement. However, most feminists demand equality for ALL, so chill: 'When men imagine a female uprising, they imagine a world in which women rule men as men have ruled women.' - Sally Kempton
4. To white people claiming their place in South Africa. Just remember, in our country not even bilingualism is enough so we slighly need to alter this quote: 'Monolingualism is a curable disease.' - Unknown
5. To those o-so-boring white supremacists always going on about how 'they' tried to take black people out of the bush, always using the royal 'we'. Maybe it's time 'they' get dragged outside 'their' gated communities and see life. Note the use of gender biased pronoun 'he' in the quote. Also note, I know very few white people who actually know much about science, so stop claiming Da Vinci as your own: 'The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilisation.'? Benjamin Disraeli
6. To those fearing the future of the Afrikaans language, try to count how many black people refuse to speak to you in any other language than their own (e.g. Xhosa, Zulu, etc): 'I have not consulted the African people on the language issue and I'm not going to. An African might find that 'the big boss' only spoke Afrikaans or only spoke English. It would be to his advantage to know both languages.'South African Deputy Minister of Bantu Education, Punt Janson, 1974.
7. To the white people voting 'yes' in 1991, you made life easier, but please remember, you are NOT the liberators: 'Rights are not given, they are taken' - Daily Paul Liberty Forum
Happy Mew Year folks, let's 'think' the poison away!
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