By Marlin Keys for I Blog
prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
The Silent Majority
the majority of people, regarded as holding moderate opinions but rarely expressing them.
Racism. It’s very ugly. It’s evil. It’s always been around. Since the time evil fell on our planet. Since the time that Eve ate the fruit of knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden.
The fact that racism is still prevalent today in 2019 is disturbing to me. I write about it because I like to turn the light switch on and watch evil scurry about. I write about it because I know that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
So many people around the world, the silent majority, go to work each day and come home, watch their favorite tv programs, go to bed and wake up repeating the same day over and over oblivious to the world around them. I’m hoping that a few of them will read articles such as this and realize that evil is running rampant.
When I was a boy I kept hearing about a man named Nelson Mandela.
He was in prison and lots of people, including those in the music industry, were trying to get him freed. I remember after looking into this, being surprised that the face of South Africa seemed to be white! I assumed everyone in South Africa was black. Really up until then all I had learned about the country is the Zulu Tribe which was really cool to a young boy.
Since then I’ve learned a lot about South Africa. I know that it’s a beautiful country. I know that they have a very diverse population and an extensive, sometimes violent history. But so do other countries whose native people refused to be dominated by invading outsiders. I also know that racism is very prevalent in South Africa. And the face of South Africa is no longer white.
To understand South Africa today you must know at least some of its past. You will need to know the meaning of words such as Apartheid and Afrikaner.
What was Apartheid?
• Introduced in 1948 by the Afrikaner-led National Party government
• Black people regarded as inferior
• No vote for black people in national election
• Races segregated in all aspects of life
• Prevented black people from owning land in much of South Africa
• Reserved most skilled jobs for white people
• Scrapped in 1994 with the election of Nelson Mandela as first black president
What is Afrikaner?
They are a Southern African ethnic group descended from predominantly Dutch settlers first arriving at the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century. Their identity as Afrikaners developed much later, after assimilation with various other European, Asian and indigenous peoples and the development of a common language. The definition of Afrikaner is broad but they are a people that are mostly descendants of Dutch settlers, and proud of it.
As of 2011, Afrikaners make up approximately 5.2% of the total South African population based on the number of white South Africans who speak Afrikaans as a first language in the South African National Census of 2011.
Nearly 28 years after the abolition of apartheid, there are still communities of white South Africans who refuse to mix with their black fellow citizens. It’s the case in the town of Orania, where the only language spoken is Afrikaans, the tongue of the first Dutch settlers. In Orania’s schools, students are taught an alternative version of history. Nelson Mandela, a past South African President who is credited with ending apartheid, is not included in the history being taught at Orania’s schools.
Beginning in 1990 during the last gasps of apartheid, the Afrikaner town was the brainchild of Carel Boshoff III. The son-in-law of H.F. Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, he and a number of families purchased an abandoned workers’ village with lofty ambitions that one day hundreds of thousands of Afrikaners might call it home. Orania even has its own form of currency and it’s own flag.
Eureka is a new “whites-only” settlement rising in the Northern Cape and its founder is promising a free 1,000 square metre piece of land to any (white) South African who wants to help “fight against the uprooting of the white race”.
The settlement is situated outside Garies in the Northern Cape. Its founder, Adriaan Alettus Nieuwoudt, describes himself as the official co-ordinator of the Eureka Movement of South Africa.
Eureka is described as a “security town” where people can “securely retire, live and work with their own schools, shops and medical services in their own mother language (Afrikaans) and rural culture”.
There are a few of these “whites only” towns in South Africa, all of which are quite different in their purpose, goal and characteristics. They are allowed by the Constitution of South Africa under a clause that allows for the right to self-determination or “self-determination for a cultural community granted by national legislation.”
There are towns in South Africa which are only populated by blacks; but not by choice, but a product of apartheid.
I was recently talking to a good friend of mine, Yashpal Negi, who lives in Uttarakhand, India, about this situation and he said “the earth is all human, not aliens. We are all tourists here.”
I know there must be ways to rid the world of racism.
Martin Luther King Jr saw 3 major evils in the world; the evil of racism, the evil of poverty and the evil of war. All 3 have been prevalent in South Africa, just like in America. I am hoping that good men and women will take notice of what’s happening around the world, and pray.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”