PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
Rhyno
 
Comments: 14
Article views: 924
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Rhyno's badges.
 

The race to resolve racism

27 June 2012, 09:36

We don’t have a racism problem in South Africa at the moment.

This may be my personal view, but most people would be inclined to concur with the apparent bold statement.

When you research the term ‘racism’ on Google, you will find a myriad of explanations and definitions, chief amongst which are made-up by dictionaries, and the notoriously inaccurate Wikipedia.

In fact, the latter sources confirm the amount of uncertainty that shrouds the term, or for lack of a better phrase...cliché, on the grounds that no true accord exists for the meaning of the word ‘race’.

Now, before the ever present Youth League Agents (fists in the air!) start commenting with sms lingo, allow me to explain my statement, in line with what can truly be regarded as racism...

Not too long ago, as most people would remember, this country was governed by a system that could unequivocally be regarded as racist, as nationality was appropriated by means of racial profiling, and all South Africans were white.

Even though this was the crux of apartheid, the problem was with everything associated with such a system of government, as the gate was opened to physical and verbal racial abuse, the restrictions of basic freedoms, and too many more to relevantly name in this discussion.

Back then, few could argue that we had a racism problem in South Africa...not even the National Party.

Whites would say that a system was created, which needed to be maintained in order for their own solace to be protected, and all non whites would say that the whites were the race problem. Quite frankly, I see no way for whites to deny that their government was the cause of racial tensions back then.

However, coupled with the white enforcers, was political, military and economic power; something they don’t possess at the moment, even though popular propaganda would want to sketch a different scenario.

Firstly, political and military powers normally run hand in hand, and when they don’t, then you have a coupe de etat on your hands, so their division is just a temporary state of affairs in anyway.

Secondly, economic power, just like modern day racism, became a campaign slogan by populist movements, in an effort to avert focus on the strategic failures on the part of the government of the day. Bear in mind that we could have been 18 years ahead of where we are now, had some policies been implemented effectively. Economic power is not something that can be forced by short term policy, in fact, there is no short term solution to it.

Economics, as an autonomous system, will exert the wrath of God on the person or people who attempt such an act, as the entire economy would simply welt and eventually crumble with it.

So...what on earth does race and economic power have to do with one another?

Don’t ask me, I’m not part of the Youth League Brains Trust... if there is such a thing...

Quite obvious then, that race or racism is simply a tool to rally support for potential drastic steps to follow, simply because the political power the government had for so long, was used to acquire quite a different economic influence, so to speak.

I understand that isolated instances of racism do exist, between all races that call this country home. I also understand that, more often than not, whites are the violators of this holy ground...out of normal frustrations associated with change, as well as the fact that some whites, such as far right movements, just don’t like black people (Remember, the opposite is also true).  

What is evident though, is the fact that it is not the epidemic some would want to make it out to be.

Racism is wielded as a weapon against everything whites do, say or think, simply creating an over sensitivity on racial issues. The outcome to this campaign is that everything is racialised and politicised to such an extent where the uninformed masses believe that it’s true.

Classic Youth League strategies would sketch the conclusion that my generation is a dangerous foe, as we are out to reclaim the country our parents lost, when they snubbed our future’s the middle finger as they made deals with the ANC in the early nineties, to save their own backsides; yes...people actually believe this garbage...

Frankly, I couldn’t give a damn what colour my president or his cabinet is, as long as they are competent, a vision shared by most others like me (yes, other white people...most of them even Afrikaans!)

If we have a race problem in this country, then it’s simply a racial propaganda problem, and nothing more. Have the ones inciting this type of propaganda ever considered that whites are becoming uneasy because they don’t want to be targeted by the brainwashed homeless?

If you tell the poorest people on earth that the white person on the farm next to them is responsible for their situation...would you expect anything less than that farm being the target of savage and mindless acts of violence?

So, racism then...

We’re supposed to be the world leaders in such a resolution, as we apparently did it before... the question only remains what became of our success? Did we even have success during the 90’s in overcoming the race barrier?

The sole reason the difference between rich and poor is so vast in South Africa, is due to our stagnant industrialisation, and not because of white people.

Industry in all facets has been over zealous in their expansion due to two main reasons: stringent labour laws and wasteful affirmative action and BEE policies.

We could have been far more competitive with the resources at our disposal, had we only taken a different approach to the way business operates in this country.

Both the issues above are important, and both have a place in any economy, but the emphasis government placed on them eventually overshadowed their true functions in the corporate world. Both these concepts were supposed to bring balance, as more power was granted to the general worker and ‘the previously disadvantaged’, yet all they achieved in the end was  to create an inefficient corporate structure, with black names on their letterheads...

Skills weren’t transferred, jobs weren’t necessarily secured and black wealth wasn’t built. Instead more people were retrenched, and huge salaries were paid, for nothing in return. The only companies that experienced exponential growth were BMW and Mercedes, with debt councillors following their trend soon after...

Again...racism, what on earth does it have to do with any of the above?

Well, if you are one of the people shouting Amandla! every time the Youth League places our current situation in front of ‘whites living Hollywood lifestyles...’ then you’ll know... racism has everything to do with blame shifting...with having it easy, and with getting it for free.

Racism, in its current form in S.A... if you can call it that, is an idiot’s game played by idiots... black and white. It’s petty to resort to racism when snubbing someone, and just as simple minded to try to place it as a centre stage issue thereafter.

Our problems do not start with racism...our problems starts with a lack of efficiency, and our ignorance in placing a higher value on politics than anything else.

Our economic situation is no different than a white patient dying, because a black doctor is unwilling to treat him on racial grounds.

Silly? Not nearly as idiotic as this country’s apparent race problem...is it?       

We don't have a racism problem in South Africa at the moment, we have something far worst...self pity.

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
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Greypatriot
The ANC constitution does not off...

The official ANC constitution does not forbid or punish corruption. The term corruption is not listed or defined as a key term in the latest version of the official constitution of the ANC. Read more...

3 comments 51 views
Submitted by
Themba Simelane
Lost in my creative maze

Of all the projects that I excelled in and ultimately got to complete, it was those that I had done so in my self-enclosed space. Read more...

0 comments 49 views
Submitted by
KenEverett
God vs Evil Loo-Shin

I would like to present a few comparisons between these two unequal opponents so that those ‘on the fence’ can choose wisely. Read more...

117 comments 703 views
Submitted by
thailor
Don't be so yesterday! Wake-up an...

I urge the youth to inform their fathers, mothers and old relatives about the current state of our country. Read more...

4 comments 120 views
Submitted by
CynicalBookworm
One fine Day at Nkandla

Sometime in February 2014 at Nkandla. A leader and two ex-members of a political party are having a quick chat over a cup of tea. Read more...

0 comments 212 views
Submitted by
SydneyG
Kings and Queens. We were kids!

Given all the contamination in our God-given atmosphere; courtesy from all the bad vibes and vitriolic exchanges between political rivals in South Africa due to oncoming General Elections in May.  Read more...

0 comments 157 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

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.

 
Digital Media & Marketing Association
 
© 2014 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.