Advocating rights and equitable treatment for everyone, ought to be second nature to all of us, sadly, it is often not the case.
White minority South Africans, land thieves hundreds of years since the Boers set foot on South African soil, now proclaim with unbelievable bravado and with a straight-face, that efforts at Land Reforms by Black South Africans, is “land-grab” by Black South African the true owners of the land! White South Africans undoubtedly have a gift of temerity of irony and extraordinary gift of oxymoron.
All human lives have value and ought to be accorded rights and equitable treatments by all. But all through history, continental Africans and peoples of African descent have been oppressed, subjugated, deprived of fundamental human rights and treated inequitably.
Many Black South Africans were killed during Apartheid illegal regime. Many Black South Africans continue to die from conditions which stems from economic inequalities and absence of opportunities for Black South Africans. Many Black South Africans still die, as a result of economic and social displacements, dislocations and misfortunes caused by historical racial disparities in economic, social and political circumstances in South Africa, which have put millions of Black South Africans in permanent disadvantage, in comparison with White South Africans. But who cries, who weeps and who mourns for these multitudes of Black South Africans, as crocodile tears is wasted and squandered for a known bigot and self-proclaimed racists Eugene TerrorBlanche?
One of the most notorious figures and openly racists and bigoted White South African, he campaigned for the outdated and archaic white racial superiority, and he had attempted to kill a black man and was briefly jailed some years past, and yet, his death received such attention which the death of a president of any of the nation on the African continent would not attract or receive the elaborate press coverage which have been wasted on a terrorist Eugene TerrorBlanche. But why the brouhaha and hula bally over this racist pig? Eugene TerreBlanche was convicted of beating a Black man into a coma and nearly to death, he thought nothing of Black lives and he contemptuously refused to pay them for hard work already done!
South African White Supremacist Eugene TerreBlanche died and was laid to rot, rut and decay, after a violent life filled with his hatred and bigotry which he directed at Black South Africans. But the western press have provided avenues for Eugene TerreBlanche hatred, bigotry and extremist racists views to survive him, instead of allowing his incendiary, highly flammable, and provocatively offensive to be buried with him quietly.
All of a sudden, platforms and podiums have been provided to White Supremacist and White racists and fringe groups upon which to proclaim their disdain, loathe, contempt and rejection of majority rule by Black South Africans.
Western press seem to be aggressively campaigning against the political leadership in South Africa, or why else is so much attention and publicity being squandered on Eugene TerreBlanche who was a violent man, a terrorist and racist with a twisted and warped sense of the place for Black people?
Eugene TerreBlanche was this man who eulogized and imitated Adolf Hitler, a man who operated Afrikaner Weerstands Beweging (AWB) a man who extolled a swastika-style insignia and blood red surround reminiscent of the Nazis. Eugene TerreBlanche’s burial, according to reports, are entrenched and ensconced in the past, as the burial party congregation burst into a passionate rendition of the
apartheid era national anthem, Die Stem and some gave Nazi-style salutes.
It is a surprise that these racists and violent extremists were actually in a church and one has to wonder what sorts of bible they read, in view of the fact that Eugene TerreBlanche was one of them, and he was a man who once threatened to wage war rather than allow black rule, riding his beloved horse like a Boer Napoleon. This is a reminder of the fact American and European slave traders were also bible hugging “civilized” “Christians” from the “bible-belt”! Pious congregation packed
President Obama upon visiting a slave dungeon in Ghana in July 2009 highlighted the fact that slave-traders from western nations actually built a still existing church atop of a slave-holding cell-dungeon. Imagine the absence of conscience on the part of slave traders who kept Black Africans, fellow human beings, in chains and manacles in death-defying conditions, while praise-singing their “Christian-God” as their human cargo await shipment across the Atlantic in filthily congested conditions
The prominence and high profile given to the death and burial of Eugene TerreBlanche, a nonentity, a bigot, a racist an ex-convict and terrorist, is clearly illustrative of the mindset of most in the western press, as exemplified by the condescending attitude by the BBC journalist Mr. Jonah Fisher as he crudely and rudely confronted and antagonized the African National Congress youth leader Julius Malema. News reports quoted Mr. Malema as accusing the journalists of treating him the way white people used to treat blacks, saying: “Don’t come here with that white tendency!” Why is it okay, for the BBC journalist to, in the name of press freedom, to heckle Mr. Julius Malema with the BBC guy’s alleged comments in which he persisted in interrupting and intoning that Mr. Malema spoke “nonsense and rubbish”? It is the case that western governments and western press have aggressively promoted the Zimbabwean opposition political party. It therefore comes as no surprise at all, that the exchange between the BBC Fisher arose out of criticism by Mr. Malema against MDC. The is alleged scene is said to have ensued after Malema criticized Zimbabwe’s former opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
Western press campaign against Mugabe of Zimbabwe is well known. There appears now to be shift of that campaign of calumny to South Africa. And perhaps Mr. Malema sees this pattern and strands and connections between the land issues in Zimbabwe between Blacks and Whites, as identical to the Land Reforms in South Africa between Blacks and Whites, which is now topical, controversial and current in South Africa. The BBC Mr. Fisher’s spirited defense of the Zimbabwean MDC opposition political party, may have conveyed and confirmed these suspicions. Mr. Malema’s views are therefore quite understandable in these contexts.
These views are understandable, bearing in mind that Eugene TerrorBlanche is being portrayed in the press as some sorts of national hero and an icon in South Africa. His sordid, violent, criminal pasts is glossed over, while he is being treated with kid-gloves and whitewashed to smell like roses! The press should be objective. The press may not abuse freedom of the press by advocating the cause of White Supremacists and hiding behind journalistic duties as cover for the dirty work of a party to contentious racial disparity in South Africa. Where is Mr. Jonah Fisher and the BBC’s substantive work on land redistribution in South Africa and all of Southern Africa?
Where have Jonah Fisher and the BBC substantively addressed the root causes of the economic disparity between Blacks and Whites in South Africa and Southern Africa? Black South Africans continue to bear the disproportionate burden of that nation’s economic and social conditions. All this, even after twenty years after the well reported and heralded flag independence of South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe etc land and other levers of these economies remain in the hands of White minorities. When will Jonah Fisher, the BBC and western media as a whole focus on the roots of these contentious race relations in Southern Africa? These gaping wealth gaps, these land inequities and inequalities at large which put White at permanent advantages and Blacks remain disadvantaged, despite political independence and majority rule for more twenty years?
This mindset among some journalists in the western press, is surprisingly identical with the mindsets of those racist, thuggish, extremist, terrorist and violent Eugene TerreBlanche who clearly have an aversion to Black majority rule in South Africa and everywhere else. The Guardian newspapers in London reported that there were mourners from all over South Africa “Mourners rose before dawn and traveled from all over South Africa” “There were camouflage-clad men carrying pistols and little girls in their Sunday best. There were men on motorbikes in Hell’s Angels-style black leather jackets. There were also many cars and pick-up trucks flying the pre-1994 national flag.”
Why is this dead terrorist and racist Eugene TerreBlanche such a cause celebre portrayed in glowing statesmanlike terms? News report about his death were couched in seeming referential terms, instead of describing him and portraying him as the terrorist, bigot and hate-monger that he was! Here are some excepts “it was easy to believe that this was a sepia-tinted bubble in which democracy and Nelson Mandela never happened. This community’s long simmering resentments have been focused by the bloody killing of Terre’Blanche in his bed last Saturday. He was found beaten so badly that his face was unrecognizable, and his trousers had been pulled down to expose his genitals. Two black farm workers have been charged with murder.”
“Terre’Blanche was the talisman of hardliner opposition to the end of racial apartheid in the early Nineties. But he had been in relative obscurity since his release in 2004 after a prison sentence for
beating a black man nearly to death.” Jan Bosch, 52, from Vanderbijlpark, had left home at 5am. “I’ve been close to Eugene and in his heart many times,” he said. “In his heart he was a good person. He was a great leader of our people.” But would any journalist from any western nation describe Osama Bin Ladin in these same affable and endearing terms which are liberally reported here as appellations which were applied to this terrorist and violent extremist Eugene TerreBlanche?
The press reports of Eugene TerreBlanche death and burial, presented over and covert threats to the majority Black government in South Africa which is led by Mr. Jacob Zuma and judging by Mr. Zuma’s public pronouncements, he is already cowering, caving and yielding to extortions by the white minority and their agents in South Africa and outside of it. It surprised me to read that representatives of the government of South Africa actually attended the funeral service of a terrorist extremist bigot racist Eugene TerreBlanche! This is similar to having the representatives of the United States government attending David Duke’s funeral for whatever reason and for whatever political benefit or calculations!
And yet, Black South Africans politicians and ordinary citizens who attended Eugene TerrorBlanche’s funeral were sneered at and jeered and denigrated with dehumanizing names reminiscent of Apartheid era South Africa, so, why even bother? Why voluntarily mislead yourself into a known lions’ den? Here again is an excerpt of news reports “an AWB member, who did not wish to be named, said: “We’re quite calm. We’re not up to anything drastic. Not yet. You never know.” Wearing a badge with the apartheid era flag, Jan Jacobs, 72, from Bloemfontein, said: “No one came with any weapons. We left them at home to be peaceful. We’re not mighty enough to take on the blacks. God will do it for us.”
“Eugene Terre’Blanche was a sober man and a fighter for his share of the land. That’s what I’m fighting for. Anarchy developing in this black nation causes us to worry. I’ve got the bible: it says 2010 will be the last year.”Asked about the African National Congress youth leader Julius Malema, who has been accused of inciting violence by singing “Shoot the Boer”, Jacobs added: “I reckon he’s going to be taken out very soon. It won’t be a Boer. It will be his own people. I reckon that’s what we need in this country.He added: “God separated us. We can’t have a mix. The ‘rainbow nation’ could never be possible.”
White racists South Africans are saying, spouting nonsense and spewing hatred such as some of the excerpts you have read above, and here is another excerpt, “Terre’Blanche’s white resistance movement, the AWB. The AF believes South Africa was built on the blood and toil of the 17th-century white settlers from Holland and France, and was given away to the black majority by traitors who entered into negotiations with the African National Congress, such as the former president FW de Klerk.” “The real problem is President Jacob Zuma,” said Bennie van Zyl. “He cannot be trusted” And yet, some persons are more troubled by songs by Mr. Julious Malema as inciting violence?
Some African commentators in reactions to the hoopla which followed the death of Eugene TerreorBlanche, made the following numbered statements
1. “Where was the outrage when a Black South African cameraman covering the Terreblanche’s funeral was punched in the face? What relationship does SA have with Nazi flags/insignia? Even Germany is heavy-handed on the display of such flags.”
2. “It amazes me that in this day and age, there are still Africans who think that purveyors of deceit and distortion like the BBC, CNN and major Western newspapers actually operate according to journalistic ideals. These outfits are nothing but instruments of propaganda.”
3. “The trouble with us Africans is that we allow all these lying, intellectual frauds, who use airs of enlightenment to mask base racial agendas, to come to our lands and run roughshod over us”
4. “They talk down to Black people because Black people let them.
They are not Nigerians or Ghanians who fawn over every derelict and mass murderer with sickening congeniality” It might be added that continental Africans and peoples of African descent are too forgiving and have taken “Christian” forgiveness to heart too much. Africans and peoples of African descent, are too quick to forgive and forget our tormentors. See where Truth and Reconciliation Commission has led South Africa?
It should be clear to all that White South Africans in the main, still live in the past and that they yearn for the days of minority rule of the Apartheid era. White South Africans as exemplified by Eugene TerrorBlanche, are desirous of an environment in South Africa which will enable the minority white population to continue to oppress, intimidate and push the majority Black people around, and the resistance by Blacks South Africans to such oppressions, intimidation and contempt from White South Africans is what is motivating these sour attitudes on the part of White South Africans.
It has now culminated in the current attempt to paint and portray Eugene TerrorBlanche’s death as if politically and racially motivated. This have been so, despite evidences and facts to the contrary, to the effect that the dead man refused to keep his part of a contract of service for salary payment
Racial tensions have as a consequence have become elevated and have reached it highest level in as many years since majority rule dawned on South Africa some twenty years ago. Some White Supremacists, racial racketeers and charlatan Boers-Afrikaaners bent on exploiting innocuous death of a racist pig which Eugene TerrorBlanche was. There are now those inside and outside South Africa who seem intent on hijacking and derailing the previously scheduled World Cup Soccer in South Africa for June 2010, in the name of this worse than useless Eugene TerrorBlanche racist. Avenging the dead racist, resorting to vengeance and vendetta in the name of Eugene TerreBlanche has become common currency among racists inside and outside South Africa. High crime rate in South Africa compared to western nations, was used against South Africa, and then, Eugene TerrorBlanche death to spread fear of escalation of racial violence as well as, the new rumors about possibility of terrorists threats of attack or adverse events.
President Jacob Zuma is under tremendous pressure, and according to one commentator, Mr. Zuma is “himself is bowing to White Power.” Mr. Zuma himself does have his own baggage which predates the death of Eugene TerrorBlanche. It is the case that Mr. Zuma has had brushes with the law. He was accused of rape and corruption respectively, but eventually cleared. He once again, involved in recent scandalous relationship with a very young woman leading to old age fatherhood. All these, even as the Black majority in South Africa continue to suffer and endure hardships, inequalities and economic disparity in comparison with the White minority in South Africa. Land redistribution or Land Reform, more appropriately described, have remained untouched as a public issue imbued with fundamental effects
President Nelson Mandela, President Thabo Mbeki and now, President Jacob Zuma, have operated in conformity with the expectations White minority in South Africa, as well as, the expectations of European nations and the United States. The unpublished, unstated and understood agreement seem to be that Black South Africans would have flag independence and appear on the surface to be in-charge of political administration of South Africa, while the ownership and control of the land expanse which constitutes the geographical space which is also known as South Africa, remains in the hands of White South Africans an insignificant percentage of the total population of South Africa. White South Africans continue to control all factors of production, and all the levers of economic control of South Africa. Land, Machines, Tools and Credit and other wherewithal. It is now past twenty years post flag independence in South Africa. No efforts has been made to equitably allocate land resources. Efforts at Affirmative Action and Black Empowerment have been tepid at best. In another fifty years, if things are allowed to continue the way they are at present, everyone, including Black South Africans, would blame Blacks in South Africa for the lack of Land Reforms and absence of land rights for Blacks. Everyone would blame Black South Africans for lacking controls of land and credit and sundry levers of control of the South Africa economy.
There is no surprise in what is happening in South Africa and how the political leadership are reacting sheepishly and fawningly to these power pressures on them by White Power. South African political leadership are clearly afraid of being castigated and labeled in manner identical with President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. President Zuma was severely damaged politically, before becoming president of South Africa. Given this background, it is understandable that Mr. Zuma is not assertive in matter of Land Reform or land equity. It also understandable that Mr. Zuma is unwilling to “rock-the-boat” for White Power, the “owners” of lands and credit in South Africa.
What has happened in Zimbabwe and South Africa post majority rule, is identical to what have happened in nations on the African continent. It is the case that most post colonial and post minority rule African political leaders accepted situations in which asserting the interests of their peoples in their newly independent nations were consigned to the dustbins, in favor of the “superior” national and strategic interests of former colonial powers also known as “mother-countries” And so it has remained, that most African nations still have political and business leadership mortgaged and beholden to outsiders.
There is little wonder therefore, that many African nations are where they remain in terms of political and economic developments, half century after flag-political independence. It is beginning to look as though, that African nations which received political independence in the preceding 25 years will not be much different. Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe are such nations in which Land Reforms which were widely discussed in pre-flag independence days and pre-Black majority rule days, have not been tackled since the dawn of majority rule and flag independence. As a consequence, there is an outward political paradigm shift, but the land and credit remains in the hands of the old minority White Power.
This sorts of control through land ownership and by the White land gentry in South Africa and Zimbabwe respectively, coupled with the vice grips of Whites over all aspects of the economies of African nations, explains the sorts of predetermined outcomes for African nations. These predetermined outcomes are really not different from the plights and predicaments of peoples of African descent worldwide. It is the case that there were no compensations and reparations paid to African Americans after the Emancipation Proclamation to officially end slavery and bondage of Africans to slavers in the United States. The American government finally issued a grudging apology for enslaving Africans and subjugating African Americans. The American government still considers reparations for these wrongs, non-discussable transaction.
It is the case that efforts at providing lasting structures for newly freed slaves, during the so-called Reconstruction Era, were not pursued to logical conclusions. It is the case that Haiti, nation of freed slaves was made to actually pay extortion money to France with the support of the United States, for daring to seek self-determination and political freedom-independence and Haiti has been undermined and manipulated since! This is identical to the current promotion and support of Mr. Ibrahim Babangida as candidate for the presidency in Nigeria in 2011, with ringing endorsements from manipulators outside Nigeria.
Nature, history and happenstances, have forever intricately embroidered the links between continental Africans and peoples of African descent in the African Diaspora worldwide. The plights and predicaments of continental Africans and Diaspora Africans, are similarly, identically interwoven and linked forever. We have had the same unsavory experiences from the same sources, be it slavery, colonialism or apartheid
It bears repeating here again, that the lives, the plights and predicaments of continental Africans and all peoples of African descent, are inextricably linked forever. Nature, checkered history of slavery, colonialism, apartheid and racism etc has ensured these natural and man-made links.
In the global economic meltdown, it is the case that continental Africans and peoples of African descent are worse hit in the economic recession depression. It may be recession for all other races of people, but, it is clearly economic and social depression for continental Africans and peoples of African descent.
There have been national and international structures which have ensured and continue to ensure the lopsidedness of allocation of power and resources based on race lines.
Marshall Plan was formulated and implemented post Second World War. Marshall Plan gave 16 European nations and Japan relief and reconstruction after World War II. Marshall Plan ensured delivery of water, orange juice, foods and home constructions and public infrastructures, including roads and bridges.
Conversely, however, after the emancipation proclamation in 1863 in America, there was compensation or seed money or any money to enable freed slaves to establish own economic independence or self-sufficiency, even at subsistence levels. Reconstruction efforts in the US which attempted to assist African Americans just freed from slavery were criticized and derailed, defeated and abandoned.
Similarly, at the end of slave trade, in which Europeans traded in Africans as if inanimate goods or commodities, during which European nations plundered, pillaged and deprived African nations of able bodied men, women and children, and as a consequence, deprived the African continent of her human capital and most productive segments of the African populations. Slave traders were not looking for the weak, the sick or the feeble to till lands and cultivate farms for slavers and their customers
When farming became mechanized… African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Mexican Immigrants who did all the hard labor farming to produce food for America, became unemployed and needed welfare; Welfare administrators broke families by insisting that for a woman to receive welfare, there must be no man at the home… welfare administrators came to look under the beds searching for men… welfare administrators humiliated welfare recipients (labor was cheaper in the south USA, because of the racial system in the south of USA, then racial progress drove the jobs abroad to Mexico, India and China
Meanwhile, Banks, Steels corps and large scale farms always received welfare/subsidies and humiliating these corporate welfare recipients was never on the cards
Even in America, the so-called greatest nation on earth and so-called sole surviving superpower, the plights and predicaments of African Americans is much more precarious than that of anyone else. The checkered history of African Americans have ensured this. Slavery, segregation, discrimination and remaining vestiges of racism
Fiscal Policy Institute in New York report 46% African American males are currently unemployed. This, even though, the current unemployment rate in the general population in America, is between 9.2% to 10.2%. There is a forever disproportionate impact upon African Americans, the downward spiral of the American economy in every recession or depression. This disproportionate impact, is a consequence and direct result of the lopsidedness of resource and opportunities allocation in America which have historically, been based on race.
What is unfolding in South Africa, is not quite different from how economic controls remains in white hands in post slavery and post slavery Africa and in all of Africa and within nations of peoples of Africa descent worldwide. Real power, economic and strategic powers resides outside native political leadership.
A minimal contemplative-deliberative effort is really all it takes. Think about it and you will understand it
See sources and useful link
Kwame Zulu Shabazz ??? via Msadiki Musego: Poverty in the USA.
Kill The Boer! But So What If A White Racist Is Killed?
Written by Paul I. Adujie