Weird logic of the white supremacist

2013-10-17 00:00

YOU have to marvel at the mind of a white supremacist.

There they were again last week, complaining about how they are particularly targeted by criminals. When pointed out to them that black people are statistically eight times more likely to be murdered than their white counterparts, that leading light of white rights, Steve Hofmeyr, summarised their problem with the state of affairs thus: “We are just not used to being raped or being murdered by people of other cultures.”

Hofmeyr’s comrade added: “We are not denying that others are being murdered, but they are not being murdered by white people.”

I thought my hearing had let me down, but the rewind technology of modern decoders allowed me a second crack at Hofmeyr and his sidekick’s understanding of what was wrong with race relations in South Africa.

I figured that in Hofmeyr’s mind, it would be better if white people are killed or raped by other whites, or at least that murderers keep to their own. If we extend Hofmeyr’s logic, white Afrikaans-speaking men who love kwaito would feel better if they happen to be raped by other white men who share the same “culture”.

Speaking for myself, I would prefer not to be murdered or raped. Full-stop. It will be no mitigation at all if I, my children, siblings or significant other were to be violated by someone I have everything in common with, including the same mother and father.

Having spent most of my life in that category of those most likely to be murdered by those who look like them, live in the same communities and with whom I share attributes, I can safely tell Hofmeyr that it is no relief knowing that your attacker is exactly like you.

Hofmeyr and his friends who gathered at the Union Buildings, are living in cloud-cuckoo land if they think that, overall, white South Africans are worse off than they were when white supremacy was state policy.

Hofmeyr and his silly friends must break out of their self-created cocoons and try mixing with other South Africans.

A fact not always appreciated is that white children, regardless of who their parents are, will invariably go to a Model C school far more equipped than a township school built last year, for no other reason than that they were born in what used to be an exclusively white neighbourhood.

It is true that there are more poor whites than there were before, but the fact is that there are even more poorer and more desperate blacks out there.

Another favourite retort of racists is that they did not burn schools like some did in black neighbourhoods. Fair enough.

This, however, pretends that every community burnt schools when these were very isolated cases and all happened within a limited period, mostly in the mid to late eighties, when apartheid and white supremacy had been state policy long before 1948 when the Nationalists came to power.

The Hofmeyrs of this world go on with their delusions because too many South Africans have become too shy to call white supremacy for what it is, for fear that they too will be called racists.

. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Witness.

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