An article that appeared on the News24.com website very eloquently sets out the premise on which white South Africans are racist. And if that's the truth then I must be a racist too....
A South African artist called Brett Murray has been causing a huge stir
since his painting of South Africa’s president titled The Spear was put
up in a local gallery. The ANC have worked themselves up into a total
frothy about the painting and their biggest issue with it - It’s racist.
Disrespectful, maybe. Rude, maybe. But racist???
little word that has become the political whip with which the ANC work
the masses up into angry mobs and riots anytime something happens that
they don’t like. And it’s becoming really really tiring.
South Africa, the word racist has lost it’s original meaning and now
only get’s used to describe a white person doing something a black
person doesn’t like. You never hear it used in any other context. You
can’t say to a black CEO that he is racist because he won’t hire white
people, no - he’s just making sure that only blacks get hired because of
BEE. You can’t call a university racist because they won’t accept an
application from a white student with straight A’s for 8 subjects -
instead taking on a black student who barely passed matric. Nope,
they’re not racist, they’re just correcting the wrongs of the past. But
god forbid you do hire the white person or you do admit the white
student, you’ll be branded racist by the government quicker that you can
say “colour shouldn’t be the issue here” because how dare you choose a
white person over a black person in a democratic South Africa.
of the time when you are a white person and you call your fellow
countrymen to be held accountable for their unacceptable words and
actions such as corruption, nepotism, fraud, theft, you’ll be branded a
Today, I shouted at a taxi driver who pushed in-front
of me nearly driving me into the curb with no regard for the fact that I
have a child in the car - I must be a racist, because only racists care
about road safety it would seem.
I complained to the manager of
my bank because the woman handling my account is so incompetent and
hasn’t responded to one email or message I’ve left her for over 2
months! Nevermind that my account is about to be shut down because of
FICA. I must be a racist then because only racists expect service from a
bank and stupidly think an organisation is going to actually do the job
they promise to do in all their marketing material.
day my husband confronted a woman outside a shopping centre after she
carelessly threw her fast food packet on the floor less than 10cm from a
dustbin. Her response - "you’re just a racist". Yes, you’re absolutely
right, because only racists care about keeping their city clean and
I fired a lady who worked for me once because I
caught her rummaging through one of my cupboards and she had taken my
passport and other belongings which I found in her bag. Her only
response - "you’re a racist". Yes, yes I am. Because only racists think
that stealing is a criminal offense and is done by people with no morals
I swear being a white person in this country can
be very bloody exasperating at times. The ANC has brainwashed the
masses with this little word - racist - to the point that it’s actually
completely lost its meaning and now get’s used totally out of context.
Most days I just let it pass and I don’t go into effect of it. But today
is not one of those days. Today I’m angry and today I’m sick and tired
I’m not shouting at you because you’re black, I’m shouting because you’re a maniac on the roads who is a danger to society.
not complaining to your manager because you’re black. I’m complaining
because you’re an incompetent moron who is incapable of doing her job
I’m not firing you because you’re black. I’m firing you because you’re a thief.
not confronting you because your black, I’m shouting at you because
you’re a messy pig who expects other people to clean up your mess.
get over yourselves and move out the way of the remarkably amazing
black people who DO take total responsibility and who actually want this
country to work for ALL the people who live in it.
If being a
racist in this country means that I will stand up for my rights, fight
for what is fair and true and hold everyone around me accountable for
their words and actions, then I am a racist through and through. If
being a racist means that I believe in freedom of speech and expression
and that everyone’s point of view is relevant, no matter what colour,
age or sex, then I will proudly announce to all who can hear that I am a
racist. If being a racist means that I believe we should all be treated
with the same rules and consequences and that no-one, especially not
the President, is above the law and exempt from criminal prosecution
when that law has been broken, then print me a t-shirt saying “I am a
racist” and I will wear it in the streets. If being a racist means that I
will not stand idly by while the few, corrupt pigs in the ANC rape this
country for everything they can get with no regard for the poor and the
homeless and the uneducated, then I’ll get I’m a racist tattooed on my
Mr Zuma and the ANC - you need to get a different
vocabulary. Instead of shouting at someone like Brett Murray about a
painting being offensive, maybe you should be asking yourselves why he
painted it in the first place. Instead of wanting to take Zapiro to
court every time he depicts the president & his shower head in one
of his cartoons, why don’t you stop to realise that there is truth in
everything he draws and that your angry responses are really due to the
fact that he keeps hitting a nerve that’s a little too close to home.
Mr Zuma, it’s time to take a long, hard look in the mirror. If you were
honest with yourself you’d see that people actually have very little
respect for you because some believe you have lied and cheated your way
through your Presidency. According to reports you have been involved
with more seedy, corrupt criminals than Horatio Cane and that you have
abused funds for personal gain. Even the great Oliver Tambo’s daughter
doesn’t think much of you based on what she had to say about the
painiting: “He should inspire the reverence he craves. This portrait is
what he inspired”
You Mr Zuma and your ANC are a bunch of CANTS!
CAN’T let go of the past
CAN’T stop operating from a place of revenge and hate for what’s happened in the past
CAN’T stop the out of control corruption that is rife throughout every government department
CAN’T seem to get the education right in this country
CAN’T say goodbye of Affirmative Action and BEE which is ruining businesses across this land
But what do I know?
I’m just a white girl talking about a black man.
I must be a racist