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Afrikaners need their own Mandela

06 March 2012, 14:45

So here we are, 17 years down the line, and nothing much has changed for the only white culture to have been spawned from the cruel red earth cultivated by Africa.

 Not that things are suppose to change for them, as they were, and still are perceived as ruthless, one minded oppressors with too much self instilled pride, and little to no emotional intelligence...or moral compass for that matter...

The Afrikaner nowadays has become the Germany of 1946. The skunk of the world, the nation for which no one has any sympathy whatsoever, no matter how desperate their situation is according to them. They find themselves in a place where a tear of pity is considered blasphemy during an age where the world places a high value on human rights and its few true accomplishments since its short existence.

Their view on politics is considered tainted at best and not tolerated in most corridors, be they parliament, universities or even the shiny transparency of glass boardrooms in the bellies of media empires. They are forced to create their own parallel universe to live in, with their own television and radio channels, magazines, unions and even tax systems if you consider their neighbourhoods...

But who forces them?

To the rest of the world, there are far more important issues than the crying and moaning of remnants and products of a sub-fascist system about being treated unfairly, branded as racists and BEE’d out of the workplace whilst at the same time, the world is waving salute to capitalism as we know it.

Interesting times for the world; yet not so interesting for the Afrikaner...

However, it should be.

In my opinion, falling down is the best chance to prove yourself. The Germans did, and now everyone wants a Mercedes or a BMW or a Lamborghini...I know, the last one used to be Italian...which once again proves my point.

The statement here is not which Afrikaner products everyone will want in 50 years, no. The true question is whether the Afrikaner will still exist by then. The most common, of common sense says that in its current form, the Afrikaner culture won’t make it another 25. Personally, I don’t think it should anyway.

In its current form, or rather perceived culture, the Afrikaner is on the defensive, thinking everyone is out to get it. The view is that Africans have secret camps where they are trained from childhood to kill white people, and to mock the Benoni style English accent Afrikaners have. Sadly the last part is true of the latter, which once again proves the point made... that they are extremely paranoid.

The truth is that nobody cares, as the world has better things to spend its time on than white guilt and a scattered population of doctors, engineers and the rest of the Afrikaners not living in Canada and Australia.

The even harder truth is that sophisticated nations have the ability to re-invent themselves from time to time, and in so doing, actually managing to sift out the bad and replacing it with the good. Re-invention is not about adaptation, it’s about finding out who you are, something most people, and nations for that matter never really knows. I suppose the bottom line is acknowledging your core, so you remain stable by still being adaptable.

Afrikaners have been at war with the world for such a long time, that they turned that war against themselves, and surely destroying themselves, as time goes by.

However, there is a small number of people, whom are Afrikaners by implication. These people are young, educated and more importantly, not in Canada or Australia. This new generation are amongst the only people in the world that have the ability to truly teach their parents a bloody lesson in humanity and freedom.

 This is a group of people that see the rest of their descendents and peers being humiliated for the decisions of their descendents and peers, and then putting up their hands by saying NO!

“We aren’t these people...”

These are people like me, and others like me; the re-invention of the Afrikaner. The ones that can say,

“...yes, we had Nazi’s in our past, we were destroyed completely for the decisions of few, but now we own Lamborghini and save the European economy...”

...or something like that anyway...

The point is that the problem in South Africa with racism, is due to those who know, and should know better, yet they are more reliant on focussing on their own situation, which blinds them with the power they possess.

This is the power and strength to acknowledge their past mistakes and using the opportunity to position themselves as a positive influence on the world around them.

 As an intelligent nation, descending from the most liberal of Europeans...wouldn’t it be up to the Afrikaner to extend the olive branch and realise what our forefathers did? We are quick to say, 

“’s been close to two decades, get over it...”

We expect respect for the fact that we aren’t our parents, and saying that we are not to blame.

The trouble is that no one dares to take that first step and acknowledge our painful inheritance, and it was there where Nelson Mandela stood out head and shoulders...not over his own people, but over humanity...

Correct, we are not to blame, but we still need to fix it, and the acceptance of that responsibility is the only salvation the Afrikaner has. It is the only way we will ever break away from our chequered past, and finally find ourselves for who we are, a nation not defined by being at war with anyone, especially itself; a nation that has the ability to commit to reason and justice for everyone, and not just itself.

This may seem like a fallacy proposed by an unavoidable liberal school of thought, but in reality it is the manifestation of many an Afrikaner's thoughts, and surely the hope of many other nations that share this conflict infested continent.

Instead, Afrikaners are quick to propose a political arms race, one that is by definition not attainable in any event.

Organisations like Afriforum and Solidariteit are the biggest threat the Afrikaner has as they create division and are the ones building walls of solidarity, rather than bridges of unity. True, they have done some good work in their auspicious existence, but that can also be addressed through any other charity and human rights organisations.

The problem is that these are the beacons by which people judge the Afrikaner, as they are the only ones stepping to the forefront. In reality, I know that they only speak for a martyred group of disgruntled F W De Klerk critics, even though they would vigorously deny this, and claim to be progressive in terms of liberal politics.

Afrikaners need someone like Nelson Mandela, who has the leadership and will to criticise their current representatives, and to get off the beaten track in order for the new generation to be progressive and unified as South Africans, whilst still maintaining, and for that matter improving their identity as Afrikaners.

 At current, that identity is tainted with its brutal and selfish past, which supplies the perfect opportunity to stand up and be strong enough to acknowledge that the pain and suffering caused, can never be undone, but the lessons learned can be a massive asset to sustainable progressiveness.

Until such time a person or group break the shackles of past guilt, the Afrikaner will remain the skunk of the world. There is more to gain as a nation, in being part of a solution for everyone, than trying to protect yourself from the repercussions of past mistakes.

I know a lot of people would wonder why this wasn’t written in Afrikaans. Well, I suppose the market this was aimed at, doesn’t read Afrikaans media all that much...

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