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You are only fooling yourself

15 July 2014, 14:16

As I’m sitting here reading the opinion pieces and the comments that follow I am flabbergasted at what I see most of the time.

It seems that no matter what the topic posted it always leads to arguments in comment section. Arguments that are for the most part very flawed, if we apply some logic.  The biggest of is the racism issues and the fact the accusations of racism are thrown about as if it the norm, however what I have noticed is that most of the time it’s the younger generation throwing these accusations. I have a couple of thoughts about that.

Firstly, to young black readers and posters Im sorry to break the news but us young people missed Apartheid. We cannot make accusations based on something we basically know nothing about! Yes we all heard stories from our parents and grandparents about what it was like but I honestly believe that as with any other story these tales can be exaggerated. That being said, as a young white South African who spent most of my adult life working in the emergency services will not I repeat I will not ever apologise for apartheid like most black people my age think I should. Because firstly I was 12 in 1994 I had nothing to do with implementing apartheid. Secondly I spent most of my time in townships and other rural areas treating injured, you guessed it, black patients. Now if you think im stupid enough to be a racist and make a career out of saving lives irrespective of race or creed then obviously you didn’t think that through nicely. Thirdly I don’t need to apologise because when I decided to become a member of the emergency services I had to go and volunteer my time at the local fire department to get some qualifications in return because believe it or not I grew up poor. I know what it feels like to go to bed hungry because believe it or not I didn’t get anything ever in my life just because I’m white , no, I had to work to get what I wanted. So go ahead call me a racist but I know the truth is you hate me because I worked hard to get where I wanted to be and didn’t sit around waiting for someone to just hand it to me.

Secondly, to the young white readers and posters stop making out as if every single black person in this country is a criminal. Yes we all know that the government is joke and that most crimes we read about are perpetrated by blacks but it still doesn’t mean every black person is like that. Also, stop complaining and do something, never ceases to amaze me how young white people can be very brave while making comments about crime and such but yet no-one is willing to actually do something. For Pete’s sake form join your neighbourhood watch or something but if youre actively doing something about the problem don’t rant and rave about it.

Thirdly to all the young South Africans start doing something productive get involved by more than just making snotty comments. We have a beautiful country but it’s going to waste because we allow it to. Everybody is always complaining how people don’t help each other or stand together anymore well what did you expect to happen if you make a few clever comments online and then but your actions do not back up your comments?  Has anybody ever thought we are forever complaining about crime but if every male under 35 gave 12 hours a month to patrol their neighbourhood with a neighbourhood watch system housebreakings would be reduced significantly cause there would be nowhere to commit a crime without being seen. But 4 hours a week (less time than you probably spend watching TV) is too much to ask it’s easier to just sit back and complain.

Moral of the story if you are complaining about something but not doing anything about it then you are actually not achieving anything merely wasting your time as well as everybody else’s.

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