white sa protesterWhite people make up about 9% of the South African population. The Afrikaans-speaking Dutch descendants known as the Afrikaners make up about 61% of the White South African population, followed by the Anglophone descendants of predominantly British colonists who make up about 36%. The remaining fraction includes groups such as the Portuguese descendants of 1975 (allowed to enter South Africa when the two former Portuguese colonies, Angola and Mozambique, became independent in 1975), Americans, Austrialians, and other recent immigrants.

The Afrikaners have been in South Africa since 1652 when the first permanent white settlement in Sub-Saharan Africa was founded at the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch under Jan Van Riebeeck. The British descendants permanently settled in South Africa somewhere around 1820 when several groups or parties of white British colonists were settled by the British government and the Cape authorities in the South African Eastern Cape. In other words, white South Africans have been in South Africa for over 3 centuries.

I came across a very interesting question on BBC a few days ago. Do White South Africans have a future in South Africa? Well, my answer was "why not?". White people have been in South Africa for over 350 years. The current generation of White South Africans know nowhere else but South Africa and if they have no future in the land of their birth then where else?

Do African Americans and other minority groups have a future in America? I personally think it is quite insane for anyone to think that white South Africans are Europeans rather than Africans. Despite their European origin, white South Africans are Africans first. Their roots go deeper and deeper by the centuries and by generations upon generations. South Africa belongs to all racial groups and every racial group has a future in South Africa the same way all racial groups can rightfully boast of America as their homeland.

The racial issue in South Africa today however, isn’t just a problem of wrong identity. It is also a problem of economic and social injustice. Although apartheid (the worst form of racial discrimination the world has ever known) is “over” on paper, apartheid still exists in the hearts and souls of some people today and unless the roots of apartheid are completely and permanently removed, racial issues will forever remain hot topics in South Africa just like in the United States, Brazil, and other racially-charged communities around the world.

Because of the great sacrifices made by Nelson Mandela and others, South Africa is in a better shape today than it has ever been but that doesn’t necessarily imply those problems Madiba and others fought against are completely over. The structures of apartheid remain in the very fabric of the South African society and those structures continue to discriminate, oppress, and deny access to some of life’s possibilities to millions of people (blacks, whites, mixed, etc.) all across South Africa.

Economically speaking, white South Africans are generally better off than other racial groups in South Africa today. Take South Africa’s unemployment rate for example. The unemployment rate among the white population group – ranging between 4.1% in 2008 and 7.3% in 2014 – is the lowest of all the population groups by a large margin. The unemployment rate among black South Africans currently sits around 39-40% and most have been looking for jobs for years. 

Some white South Africans have worked and continue to work very hard to build better lives for themselves and their families. Most of these hardworking white South Africans had nothing to do with apartheid. In fact, most of them were even victims of that oppressive system and I think it would be rather unfair to discredit all their hardwork and dedication.

On the other hand is another group of white South Africans. This group keeps getting angrier and angrier by the day. Why? Because this group feels the current system does not favor them like it used to do in the days of apartheid. The major problem with this group of white South Africans however is that, In today’s South Africa, the only “official” privileges available are the privileges one enjoys for being South African and not just for being black or white. To this group of white South Africans, life today is way harder than it used to be and they are right.

We keep seeing "White Genocide in South Africa" all over the news but is there truly "White Genocide" going on in South Africa today? The answer is Yes and No. Yes because more and more innocent White South Africans (especially farmers) continue to die for no crime of theirs. On the other hand, the answer is "No" because it isn't just one race suffering in South Africa today. South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world and this applies equally to all of South Africa and not just one racial group. In fact, statistically, taking the population fractions and the number of recorded deaths into consideration, more blacks die in South Africa than Whites. There are several white supremacist groups operating in South Africa today and the idea of "White Genocide" is a major tool they use to recruit new people. To the average White South African however, life may be hard today but there is hope for a better future.

The issue of race remains a hot topic in South Africa today and most white South Africans fall victims every now and then. The root cause however goes deeper than the current generation. It goes deeper than even apartheid and South Africa has a long way to go as far as racial issues are concerned. In today's South Africa, some young black South Africans feel they simply face greater hurdles to success because of the apartheid structures still in place. On the other hand, most young White South Africans feel the current system does not favor them at all.



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Nicola Gibson
#1 Nicola Gibson 2018-09-25 10:18
I wonder if it would be revealing to do a little bit deeper analysis on crime. In most places of the world crime happens within groups. In America most whites are criminalized by whites and Blacks criminalized by Blacks. When these are the trends, it becomes fairly easy to see trends in racially motivated crime. You should be able to see in the crime statistics, if you dig deep enough, whether there is a similar amount of white on black crime and black on white crime when statistically normed. My understanding is that this is not the case in South Africa – that black on white crime that is explicitly racially motivated does not have a reverse counterpart that could be termed by any international group as "genocide". Remember, genocide isn't the same thing as a very high crime rate. Genocide is the intentional attempt to wipe out an ethnic group because of their ethnicity. This is apparently happening in South Africa, though slowly. This also doesn't take into account racial discrimination in job quotas, or the number of South African whites in camps that the government will not allow improved, and that the people can't leave.

People tend to forget that in extreme cases of interracial injustice there is not just one profound negative effect but two. It is not only that group in power loses their ability to be just, the group that is oppressed usually loses their capacity to be free. Both of these need to be radically rehabilitated. Internationally we have focused more on the first than the second. This tends to lead to huge lags in economic success for the previously oppressed group, and when affirmative action is used to even proportions, usually there are extremely negative economic costs and there is a very negative result in government administration. This also appears to be the case in South Africa. The oppressors were also competent, and competencies that are normal among free people often lag precipitously after systems of oppression are lifted. This is one of the reasons some of the attempted cures in places like South Africa have had such disastrous consequences economically and politically. The result is always fomenting hatred on both sides, which will often lead to violence, and when that violence is racially motivated, to genocide.

one must always remember that whatever can be said to Mandela's benefit, he was a Marxist, and his solutions were Marxist. The violence bill to Marxist solutions always comes due. Marxist radicalism always breeds hatred, class division, and intergroup warfare. Apartheid could never be the solution for the future of South Africa. I think equally that Marxism cannot be the future solution for South Africa either. A fundamentally third option must emerge. It may be able to be forged out of the dialectic of the two. If people embraced a certain amount of social consciousness that Marxism points to and merged it with a kind of hatred rejecting unity creating Christianity of the Dutch reformed tradition, perhaps there could be some possibility of both peace and justice. But this is does not appear to be South Africa's current trajectory, and in the short term something must be done about the major failures and governmental administration, crimes against rural whites, and a horrific crime rate suffered by everyone, but disproportionately by poor Blacks. In my view, South Africa needs both a religious revival and a Second Amendment.
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