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The race to resolve racism

27 June 2012, 09:36

We don’t have a racism problem in South Africa at the moment.

This may be my personal view, but most people would be inclined to concur with the apparent bold statement.

When you research the term ‘racism’ on Google, you will find a myriad of explanations and definitions, chief amongst which are made-up by dictionaries, and the notoriously inaccurate Wikipedia.

In fact, the latter sources confirm the amount of uncertainty that shrouds the term, or for lack of a better phrase...cliché, on the grounds that no true accord exists for the meaning of the word ‘race’.

Now, before the ever present Youth League Agents (fists in the air!) start commenting with sms lingo, allow me to explain my statement, in line with what can truly be regarded as racism...

Not too long ago, as most people would remember, this country was governed by a system that could unequivocally be regarded as racist, as nationality was appropriated by means of racial profiling, and all South Africans were white.

Even though this was the crux of apartheid, the problem was with everything associated with such a system of government, as the gate was opened to physical and verbal racial abuse, the restrictions of basic freedoms, and too many more to relevantly name in this discussion.

Back then, few could argue that we had a racism problem in South Africa...not even the National Party.

Whites would say that a system was created, which needed to be maintained in order for their own solace to be protected, and all non whites would say that the whites were the race problem. Quite frankly, I see no way for whites to deny that their government was the cause of racial tensions back then.

However, coupled with the white enforcers, was political, military and economic power; something they don’t possess at the moment, even though popular propaganda would want to sketch a different scenario.

Firstly, political and military powers normally run hand in hand, and when they don’t, then you have a coupe de etat on your hands, so their division is just a temporary state of affairs in anyway.

Secondly, economic power, just like modern day racism, became a campaign slogan by populist movements, in an effort to avert focus on the strategic failures on the part of the government of the day. Bear in mind that we could have been 18 years ahead of where we are now, had some policies been implemented effectively. Economic power is not something that can be forced by short term policy, in fact, there is no short term solution to it.

Economics, as an autonomous system, will exert the wrath of God on the person or people who attempt such an act, as the entire economy would simply welt and eventually crumble with it.

So...what on earth does race and economic power have to do with one another?

Don’t ask me, I’m not part of the Youth League Brains Trust... if there is such a thing...

Quite obvious then, that race or racism is simply a tool to rally support for potential drastic steps to follow, simply because the political power the government had for so long, was used to acquire quite a different economic influence, so to speak.

I understand that isolated instances of racism do exist, between all races that call this country home. I also understand that, more often than not, whites are the violators of this holy ground...out of normal frustrations associated with change, as well as the fact that some whites, such as far right movements, just don’t like black people (Remember, the opposite is also true).  

What is evident though, is the fact that it is not the epidemic some would want to make it out to be.

Racism is wielded as a weapon against everything whites do, say or think, simply creating an over sensitivity on racial issues. The outcome to this campaign is that everything is racialised and politicised to such an extent where the uninformed masses believe that it’s true.

Classic Youth League strategies would sketch the conclusion that my generation is a dangerous foe, as we are out to reclaim the country our parents lost, when they snubbed our future’s the middle finger as they made deals with the ANC in the early nineties, to save their own backsides; yes...people actually believe this garbage...

Frankly, I couldn’t give a damn what colour my president or his cabinet is, as long as they are competent, a vision shared by most others like me (yes, other white people...most of them even Afrikaans!)

If we have a race problem in this country, then it’s simply a racial propaganda problem, and nothing more. Have the ones inciting this type of propaganda ever considered that whites are becoming uneasy because they don’t want to be targeted by the brainwashed homeless?

If you tell the poorest people on earth that the white person on the farm next to them is responsible for their situation...would you expect anything less than that farm being the target of savage and mindless acts of violence?

So, racism then...

We’re supposed to be the world leaders in such a resolution, as we apparently did it before... the question only remains what became of our success? Did we even have success during the 90’s in overcoming the race barrier?

The sole reason the difference between rich and poor is so vast in South Africa, is due to our stagnant industrialisation, and not because of white people.

Industry in all facets has been over zealous in their expansion due to two main reasons: stringent labour laws and wasteful affirmative action and BEE policies.

We could have been far more competitive with the resources at our disposal, had we only taken a different approach to the way business operates in this country.

Both the issues above are important, and both have a place in any economy, but the emphasis government placed on them eventually overshadowed their true functions in the corporate world. Both these concepts were supposed to bring balance, as more power was granted to the general worker and ‘the previously disadvantaged’, yet all they achieved in the end was  to create an inefficient corporate structure, with black names on their letterheads...

Skills weren’t transferred, jobs weren’t necessarily secured and black wealth wasn’t built. Instead more people were retrenched, and huge salaries were paid, for nothing in return. The only companies that experienced exponential growth were BMW and Mercedes, with debt councillors following their trend soon after...

Again...racism, what on earth does it have to do with any of the above?

Well, if you are one of the people shouting Amandla! every time the Youth League places our current situation in front of ‘whites living Hollywood lifestyles...’ then you’ll know... racism has everything to do with blame shifting...with having it easy, and with getting it for free.

Racism, in its current form in S.A... if you can call it that, is an idiot’s game played by idiots... black and white. It’s petty to resort to racism when snubbing someone, and just as simple minded to try to place it as a centre stage issue thereafter.

Our problems do not start with racism...our problems starts with a lack of efficiency, and our ignorance in placing a higher value on politics than anything else.

Our economic situation is no different than a white patient dying, because a black doctor is unwilling to treat him on racial grounds.

Silly? Not nearly as idiotic as this country’s apparent race it?       

We don't have a racism problem in South Africa at the moment, we have something far worst...self pity.

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