If you're white and speak English, clap your hands

2012-09-03 07:15

Chris Moerdyk 

I watched with wry amusement, the campaign to arrest Tony Blair on his visit to South Africa last week.

For heaven's sake, did nobody notice? Tony Blair is white and he speaks English.

Which seems to be the two attributes that allow world leaders and governments to behave in a way that anyone who is not white and doesn't have English as a home language would not dare emulate.

Even politicians who are white but not English speaking cannot get away with what their anglophile counterparts do with dismissive abandon.

I am not sure whether anyone noticed that, unlike Mr Blair, the Dalai Lama who is neither white nor English speaking, did not get permission to visit South Africa in spite of never having invaded another country.

Discriminatory rules

Think about it - if an African leader, a middle-Eastern potentate or a country like North Korea had invaded another country on the basis that it might on the off-chance have weapons of mass destruction and then actually didn't, would they get away with it with the lame "oops, sorry" apology offered by George W Bush and Tony Blair?

I doubt it.

I wish that someone with more patience than me, would write a book - a compendium - of examples of all the really arrogant and dare I say, discriminatory, rules and regulations that white, English speaking governments dream up with such confident superiority.

Take this British Government example.  Right now, they insist that travellers such as South Africans who want to fly to global destinations via the UK, need to have a transit visa.

This is necessary in spite of the fact that you might just be getting off one plane and directly onto another without setting foot in England, but just being in transit for an hour or so.

But, if you happen to have a valid visa for the United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you don't have to have a UK transit visa.

The advantaged

Notice something interesting? Yes, you guessed it. Those four countries happen to be governed by white people who have English as a home language.

Which by implication means that the British Government trusts the Americans, Canadians, Aussies and New Zealanders but doesn't trust the French, Germans, Belgians, Italians, Spanish and Austrians for example, in spite of their own extremely tight visa application processes. How's that for discrimination?

Look, I know I am being a little tongue in cheek here, but you have to admit, in this day and age wherever you live, if you're white and have English as a home language you are going to be treated differently and with deference. You are among the currently and previously advantaged.

By the way, if you are tempted to suggest that I am being xenophobic, please do bear in mind that I am white and that English is my home language. I am, however, not a government for which I am eternally grateful.

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  • JackRussel - 2012-09-03 07:43

    I’m just counting the 'white English' speaking nations that have killed 10mil- 35mil of their own country men, or that have driven entire nations to starvation or that have gassed a million of a minority group or that have intended to kill 9 million in customized camps. And while a nations sells passports to foreign African drug dealers, organized syndicates, terrorist groups etc. Commonwealth nations now face an onslaught of unchecked people desiring to destroy what little civilization we have managed to make. Protecting their children -white fascists - 2012-09-03 10:36

      Yip if it was not for white English, then Im afraid Europe would have looked pretty damn Nazi right now... - 2012-09-03 11:31

      Agreed. For all their faults, Tony and George did not "fabricate" WMD's and show them to the world. They clearly admitted they were wrong. Most other crackpots would have planted these items and claimed victory.

      james.looch - 2012-09-03 12:13

      1900-1902. The English invent the concentration camp and sell the patent to Hitler!

      james.rossouw - 2012-09-03 13:45

      Vicker man 3. Hitler was born at draconian Versailles. And Hitler only wanted back that was confiscated there.Germany dragged into WW1 by Austrians wanting to teach the Serbs a lesson. The Kaisers did not even fight Half as many wars as the Kings.

      james.rossouw - 2012-09-03 13:51

      Patton said "We are fighting the wrong enemy" They murdered him. {Google it}. Direct result WW11. Eastern EU under boot of Communist, Stalin Killing millions, Cold war and hot wars that cost Billions.Read Pat Buchanans Churchill Hitler and the unecessary War.

      emil.scharf.75 - 2012-09-05 08:22

      Namibians do not need transit visas, but South Africans do... Maybe it's because our government is useless even by African standards?

  • EricksonTL - 2012-09-03 07:43

    Chris, I agree that the 'empire' tends to live by it's own rules. Then again, so do our own ANC, the Chinese, Uncle Bob, every African dictator from Idi Amin to Gaddaffi, and many, many more. Douchebaggery isn't the preserve of one race or nation - it's universal. Much like stupidity. The difference is, the countries you mention tend to be a little more civilised about their douchebaggery. Mr. Blair, for instance, probably had some tea after he ordered an air strike. The point is, don't point fingers at the English speakers as though they're the only people out there breaking rules. In fact, name one race that isn't?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-03 08:10

    And yet - so many of these people from so called commonwealth countries shout off their mouths about England & America, but still want to go and live there, reap all the benefits and still want to blow the place - go figure! And it seems as though once they land on this freedom soil - they will quickly abuse the hospitality of such nation. But there again we could say that the nation welcoming them is to blame for allowing such abuse, and don't forget - that once they are there, they have to bring their granny, aunty, uncle, uncle brother and sister, aunty's brother and siter - in fact the whole village. But if they are caught participating in a crime or have committed a crime they are the very first to shout human rights - go figure!

      LanfearM - 2012-09-03 11:11

      Very well said!

  • mariuswium - 2012-09-03 08:31

    It's only been a few hundred years - let's enjoy our day in the sun. Before you know it the hegemony will be Asian again.

  • PHUZZY187 - 2012-09-03 08:44

    What is in this article i commented the same last week bit to late buddy

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-03 08:49

    Seems you really have a chip on your shoulder about white english people!

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-03 08:50

      But then again your surname sums up why, GET OVER THE PAST AND MOVE ON!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-09-03 09:07

      Michael why do people like you feel that whne somebody tells the truth they have a chip on their shoulder? He is stating nothing but fact,it has nothing to do with chips and shoulders.

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-03 09:26

      Really Lorain you need to understand that at every turn he insults the English and tries to make them out to be bankers (with a W) If you want to go ahead and make the English out to be some monster then thats your right, just dont forget that the English are the ones who decided that your people should be free. Just live in an Afrikaans town as an English person and then you will understand the resentment. If you want to live in the past, then crack on. - 2012-09-03 11:36

      Hey Michael, I nearly Moer(a)Dyk once. She was making a move on my girlfriend...

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-09-03 08:59

    I think folk don't mind the invasion and murder of men, woman and children because Blair generally comes across as a 'nice' guy. In contrast someone like Hitler just seemed very angry and unpleasant. Moral of the story, if you are going to kill someone, do it in a civilised manner and the world will understand.

      jpstrauss - 2012-09-03 17:29

      My English teacher always said that you can get away with anything if you remember to smile while saying/doing it.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-03 09:10

    I can literally think of a thousand examples which contradict every point. Must have forgotton about the Soviet Union , China/Tibet , India/Pakistan , The enitire middle east , Indonesia ect or even try get a visa to Mecca in Saudi family territory. This advantaged/ disadvantaged , black and white thinking, where are the people inbetween ? The 'vantaged' ? the balanced ? or previously disadvanted and currently advantaged. Is it conditional on monetary wealth , geography , legal status , health ,historical or hereditory circumstances ? It such a poor argument it boils down to a feeble stress of Visa allowances because the laws in these countires are so equality and rights driven. BS Masochism .

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-03 09:24

    Total hypocrisy. These same Muslims, and the protest was inspired by Muslims, never make a peep about the horrendous daily atrocities committed daily in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Mali, Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria and every other country where there are sizeable Muslim populations.

  • Gill McCain - 2012-09-03 09:42

    Vinegar for that chip on your shoulder sir? As an Afrikaner I think it is very dangerous for you to spout such vitriol at the English whitey, as you must know your race are widely regarded as being an embarrassment to white people across the globe for your own human rights abuses.

      peter.ellis.37051 - 2012-09-10 13:15

      I have forgotten what the article was about

  • imraan.khan.71066 - 2012-09-03 10:31

    Good article Chris , I always wondered why people from all different nations abandon their mother language and communicate in English with one another.

      tasneem.sattar.5 - 2012-09-03 11:41

      Well thats their choice, gonna blame Blair for that too...don't despair too much though, soon we'll all be speaking Mandarin.

  • - 2012-09-03 10:34

    I'm WHITE and ENGLISH-speaking and proud of it, and likewise proud of what WHITE ENGLISH-speaking people the world over, and throughout history, have achieved and contributed - if you feel insecure about others such as I then the problem lies with you - suck it up and grow a spine...

      don.quioxte.3 - 2012-09-03 16:35

      Touche and amen

  • felicity.kunene.92 - 2012-09-03 11:13

    The UK visa waiver applies to Canada, NZ and Aus because they also have the same head of state as the UK. The only exception here is the US. South Africa actually also had a visa waiver also until very recently, when suspected terrorists were found to buy fake SA passports with ease. To cast this an example of racial prejudice seems strange to me.

  • kagomak - 2012-09-03 12:59

    Interesting article, Mr Chris. I'm a black guy who has English as a second language, and this article - as entertaining as it is - actually uncovers a trend that some people/governments are too blind to see. I just hope this will open at least one more pair of eyes out there - whether black, white, asian or whatever. Great article.

  • paul.gellard.12 - 2012-09-03 14:15

    I think you'll find that the reason South African's need visa's to enter the UK (transit and visitors) is because there was a big problem with forged South African passports turning up at UK borders. The British Government gave the South African Government a timescale to get its house in order and they didn't do it. Hence, the UK Government took the decision to protect its own borders. Something the SA Government seems incapable of doing.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-04 18:34

      Not forged... Genuine passports issued to fake citizens which is more frightening. They have pulled them off Taliban and Al qiada all over the horn of africa and Afghanistan. We now suffer the consequences. One thing Chris forgets is that there are dozens of other countries that require visas that are neither white nor English. Maybe time to broaden his travel options.

  • gaby.hide.3 - 2012-09-03 14:39

    So where was the UN in all this. As toothless it seems as the AU.

  • estee.mente - 2012-09-03 14:41

    Well Chris, it wasn't a "senseless attack". It was a preemptive counterattack! there is a thin line between the two, but it exists nonetheless :-)

  • marleen.wyk - 2012-09-03 16:36

    Haha, brilliant entry. BTW, do we really need a transit visa for the UK now? True a@@@holes!

      EricksonTL - 2012-09-03 18:32

      And the US. If you fly through the US, and you have a connecting flight, you cannot board without a visa. In fact, aside from a few places, like Turkey, there are VERY few places where Saffas can go without a visa... I think we can still transit most places, but if you actually want to leave the airport, you have to visa up! Interestingly, I've been doing some of the TFWP stuff for my boss over here, and if people fly in from the UK, they don't need visas at all - and they can have work permits issued at the airport. I guess the world knows that South Africans aren't happy, and that many would leave given half the chance - so they're tightening up their standards.

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-09-03 19:04

    Ag shame Chris seems you forgot that the president of iraq invaded countries, killed any one who opposed his rule and threatend isreal, cut of people's ears for not wanting to join the defence force,they freed the people of iraq by invading it!

      fatima.seedat.165 - 2012-09-05 10:37

      Charles.gregory.7906 You fail to mention that they killed thousands of innocent Iraqis in the process of freeing them.

  • Vince.York - 2012-09-03 19:35

    Thanks Chris, (tongue in the other cheek) our families did do quite well the past few centuries, didn't they? Even the French and Germanic ancestral strains added a lot of flavor and style to every continent and structure worldwide, let alone develop English to such a refinement 'and concept' as it is.

  • wayneelphi - 2012-09-03 23:18

    Poor article Chris. Just not good enough!

  • morne.s.smit.5 - 2012-09-04 06:38

    This piece is rather absurd! Write something of substance and stop trying to be the conscience of everyone on earth to earn your money!

  • ant.duke - 2012-09-04 06:44

    People discussing yet another Moerdyk non-story.

  • sxp - 2012-09-04 18:33

    Thus the Boer hatred for the poms is actually deserved?

  • Blixum - 2012-09-05 08:05

    Good point Chris. It is in your genes to attack countries at will and kill the people at random. Just look how they exterminated the indigenous people of those (now) anglophile countries. That is until they tried the same with the Boers and eventually had to kill their women and children to force us into submission. They are still doing the same in this day and age. Shame on you. Definitely doesn't deserve an applause like you suggested.

  • demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-05 08:13

    The British government is ENTITLED TO KEEP OUT RABBLE! Britain is entitled to protect itself/its borders and if anyone doesn't like it then fly via some other route (pretend Britain is not even on a map to those who complain). Pity more countries don't get tough. Britain hardly belongs to BRITISH WHITES anymore. Scream at SA for whites taking over, but scream at whites wanting to retain THEIR COUNTRY/TERRITORY. What hyprocracy! Go wear shorts in a Muslim country and see the consequences......

      siyabonga.langa.77 - 2012-10-23 14:49

      Be careful ppl

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-09-06 08:02

    Chris ur article scares me

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