There is a serious mental condition doing the rounds in South Africa, triggering fatal knee-jerk reactions and strong bouts of intolerance. Sufferers of this disease are at high risk of becoming over-paranoid and socially ostracized. It is a form of supremacy and ungratefulness that are not only harmful to its sufferers, but also to fellow citizens.
It's highly contagious within a certain race group, so mindfulness and awereness is urgently required. You know you or your friend have White Victim Complex when:
1. You think all criticism of the previous government is aimed at you. The fact that somebody's mother was tortured or people were murdered in wars should be kept under the carpet, because you don't deserve being reminded that you are not the only person on earth with a past.
2. You feel offended when people demand minimum wages. You work hard for your money, they don't. 'They' all lie about getting up at 4 in the morning to get transport to work, or living far away from their families to pay the bills,etc. 'They'are all lazy. You are the only person entitled to have unique personal circumstances, and yours are comfortable. Why should anybody else have it differently?
3. You think protests against service delivery are tailor-made to inconvenience you. You believe that people are paid to make you feel guilty about enjoying certain privileges. YOU are the reason why people are protesting.
4. You think every time the politicians use fear tactics to win votes, they do it at the cost of your dignity. The fact that the recipients of the fear tactics are being humiliated and done in doesn't cross your mind.
5. You feel you are the only person being at risk of crime, because of your skin tone. You are so bloody important, everybody wants you dead. People of other races dying only suffer some minor bad luck, nothing worth mentioning.
6. You constantly feel the need to defend 'the white man's capital' and the 'white man's contribution' to 'dark Africa'. Well publicised stories of land grabs, oil spills, GM controversies and Western induced wars on our continent have to be conspiracy theories. Because you are so damn important, people battling to make ends meet have nothing better to do than discrediting your entire race. After 4 centuries on this continent you still get to identify with Europeans and other Westeners and worthy of their standards.
7. You feel that you are responsible for the fact that non-white people now have rights, and yet they still resent you. Being patronizing is a right you were born with, how dare anyone take it away from you? You were born to give rights to others, now you can't take those rights away again. Bleak.
8. You feel excluded in your own country despite having a job and reasonable services delivered. People excluded from the economy are placed on earth to alienate you.
9. You feel your language is under attack. The fact that there are a vast literature, special TV Channels, loads of churches, newspapers etc available in your mother-tongue is not enough to put you at ease. The fact that after 4 centuries of colonialism you still only speak two Europian languages and nothing else makes you feel justified to complain about more attention being paid to majority languages and the lingua-franca than your own.
10. You consider it your responisibility to lecture non-white people you hardly even know about voting for the ANC. And then you get to feel hurt or at the receiving end of 'reverse racism' when they don't thank you for your concern.
If 3 or more of the above points apply to you, introspection is highly recommended. Also, if you recognise any of these symptoms in a friend or acquaintance, please remind them that respect is earned, and listening key to nation building. Together we can beat this disease.
Getting over yourself is essential to survival, if not possible, consider applying to go live on the colony on Mars...
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