Is City Press in favour of a race war?

2015-04-26 16:00

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Publishing a radical exhortation to sedition by a convicted black extremist like Assata Olugbala Shakur (“Listen up! The European is not your friend”, City Press, April 5 2015) is not only irresponsible, but demonstrates the double standards at work when it comes to freedom of expression in South Africa.

If I had written a piece like that, telling white Afrikaners to “use force to break the shackles and obtain emancipation”, the police would have broken down my front door and I would have been charged with “high treason” like the Boeremag and might have been sent to prison for life.

Ostensibly, her article was about Rhodes’ statue. However, it represented a blanket call to arms against whites, or “Europeans”, worldwide, especially South Africa’s beleaguered white minority of 8%, which is already subject to official hostility, Nazi-style race laws and sustained criminal or ethnic attacks, such as the gruesome plaasmoorde (farm murders).

A cursory internet search reveals the following about Shakur. She was born JoAnne Deborah Byron and sentenced for the murder of a white policeman, state trooper Werner Foerster, in the US. Not only is she still wanted there as an escaped convict, but she was classified a “domestic terrorist” by the FBI in 2005, with a price of $1?million on her head.

How come if you speak out on behalf of the oppressed Afrikaner minority you are marginalised and censored, but an extremist anti-white radical like Shakur has free reign in the mainstream media to stir up racial passions?

Apart from the xenophobia playing out on our streets, we also have leukophobia (fear of, or aversion to the colour white), which Shakur openly wants to inflame, causing even more violence than we are already experiencing. Section 16(2) of the 1996 Constitution is quite clear “freedom of expression?...?does not extend to propaganda for war, incitement of imminent violence or advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm”.

Obviously, Shakur’s diatribe against us whites contravenes all three subsections prohibiting so-called hate speech.

Many people thought South Africa was an exception on the continent and we would not experience African-style racial strife, followed by economic collapse, as happened in Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and many other countries. But our leftist media, besotted as they are with concepts such as “revolution” and “transformation”, are inciting the same kind of racial hatred that has been the bane of Africa since independence.

Like the Indians were expelled from Uganda and Malawi, or the Portuguese from Angola and Mozambique, we should ultimately be booted out of South Africa in a glorious act of “black emancipation”.

Some might argue Shakur is nothing but a caricature of black radicalism, as described in a book from my student days, Tom Wolfe’s Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing The Flak Catchers. But a more sophisticated reader – dare I say a “European” sipping coffee in a café in Paris or Milan – might see it for what it is: a pathetic attempt at fomenting racial revolution from Cuba, one of the last outposts of Marxist dystopia on the planet.

Given that South Africa is already mired in racial strife, with axes and knives brandished on our horror-movie streets, its citizens brainwashed with simplistic notions of “white privilege” and “black disadvantage”, Shakur’s discourse could easily lead to civil war.

Is that really what City Press and the directors of Naspers, its owners, have in mind for us?

Roodt is an author, blogger and director of the NGO Pro-Afrikaans Action Group

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