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'It hurts to hear the struggle song'

17 September 2011, 14:30  - Greg Saunders

How much pain is caused by using the k-word? What happens in the inside of a black person when called a kaffir? Well, it is not difficult to imagine. No doubt that it must have a painful and negative impact, causing the recipient to react, verbally or even physically, but in most cases probably in silent rage and hatred.

This racist name has been with us for a very long time and it is so easy to fling around. I remember when I used to throw it around. The time came, however, when I realised this was wrong and needed to change my mind set. Today, I am an outspoken advocate against using the k-word.

However, I now find myself at the receiving end of something even worse. Something that not only makes me feel the same as those receiving the k-word, but also having my very existence threatened.  It is called “shoot the Boer”.

Writing a letter like this will not reach the masses out there singing the song, but it may reach those black people who are also against it and are able to speak up, but who choose to do nothing.

I read with interest the article by Khaya Dlanga “The K is not OK, OK?” Khaya, you clearly have a good understanding of being called the k-word and what it feels like. Do you realise that there are now victims on both sides of the scale? It is no longer singularly about the k-word, but about all that falls in the same category, even “shoot the boer”. I like your articles; they are eloquently written, but how about something against singing the anti-white song? I dare you, or does Malema scare you?

My black friends, you know how hurtful it is when being called the k-word. You know how it strips you of your dignity and how it enrages you.  Now, can you imagine how I, as a white man, feel when they sing “shoot the boer”? Do you realise that this is not only cementing the foundations of the racist divide, but also threatening the very lives of white people? It hurts the same, if not more, to hear the words “shoot the boer” as it hurts you being called the k-word.

I thought the struggle is over. Malema wants to continue the revolution. What revolution? To ransack this country, take from the whites and enrich himself, and you fall for it?

I have yet to see or hear any black individual or group taking a public stand and seriously support the whites in stopping the singing of this song. Are you not concerned over what is happening, or are you perhaps too scared to speak up?

My black friends, the Madiba dream has faded away. Among other reasons, this is also due to the mentality and actions of both users of the k-word and “shoot the boer” song.  Are you going to sit idly, watching the very fabric of this country being ripped apart? Please, if you know it is wrong then speak up.  Help stop the singing of this offensive song.

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