The Hypocrisy of it all

I am a victim. The white man came to this land while my ancestors were living peacefully with each other. I could have been a king right now. I could have had 7 wives. But the white man had to come with their guns and swords, and take my ancestors land from me. We were a people united, until the white man decided to come and mess it all up. Africa is in the state it’s in, because of the white man. We need to take back Africa! AMANDLA! This is rhetoric heard amongst the young and uninformed. Because really, Africa was an extension of the Garden of Eden. Peaceful, tranquil, and a land flowing with milk and honey. Then these tyrants had to come in their ships and take us away as slaves. These tyrants had to reduce us to nothing, building their own society with the blood of our hands. If we really take a look at history, we realise that all of this happened before the arrival of the white man. Slave trade was alive in Africa. Conquering of kingdoms was alive. How did the Ndebele, who arose from the Zulu nation end up where they are? People were mistreated and treated unfairly based on a superficial indicator, similar to what is happening with the xenophobic violence now (which if you didn’t notice, is black on black). Yet we are quick to jump for cover and pull up the race card to show our innocence. As I said in my previous article, the losers (victims) are normally romanticized, and the winner (perpetrator) demonized. But wasn’t Shaka a colonialist himself? Didn’t he “gather” (the politically correct term) the people from different families to form the Zulu nation? Weren’t those who didn’t agree with him forced to flee? Both black and white had evil tendencies. Both used unscrupulous methods in achieving their own desired results. No one was entirely good. The only difference? One side won.

5 thoughts on “The Hypocrisy of it all

  • August 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm
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    Well said Patrick. The actions of human beings cannot be confined to skin colour. We are all part of one family….but even the closest families have their bad eggs. I would encourage young South Africans to put away their harmful rhetoric and embrace the future. I would call on the wealthy to assist the poor, for the young to help the old and for all human beings to move forward together!

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  • August 10, 2010 at 11:48 am
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    all well said and true, empathy and compassion the road forward, our common global economic and ecological challenges should unite all people to set aside personal differences and reach for a shared and peaceful future

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  • August 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm
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    You are an uninformed, racist – before the white man, you did not have roads, bridges, clotes, stoves, electricity, medical health care. The white man gave you all this, yet you despise them for your wealth. Just to show that you are a true african, you still think like one – just look at what is happening up in Africa – where there is no more white man – ALL infrastructure has collapsed, i.e. Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenia, etc.

    Don’t blame the white man for giving you a better life, blame the black people for standing in your way to become something. Stop blaming the past, for it has past. Plan for tommorrow for it’s in the future. Live for today – it is a gift – that’s why they call it the present.

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      August 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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      Mr Joubert.
      Your comment is stupid, idiotic, and out of place. It has absolutely nothing to do with what I said in the article. At no point in time did I blame the “white man” for anything. In fact, the article is against that exactly. As an “informed” man who seemingly “gave me everything I have” can you please read an article before commenting.

      You said “Don’t blame the white man for giving you a better life, blame the black people for standing in your way to become something.” That is a racist statement. To group a whole group of people, determine a characteristic of that group, and judge someone you don’t know by such a characteristic is RACIST. This is exactly what I’m trying to speak against. I don’t that all whites were architects of apartheid. The architects of apartheid were a group of men who just happened to be white. Therefore all whites can’t be classified as racist. Similarly, all blacks can’t be classified as criminals.

      Don’t let your vision of colour blur the image of the individual.

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  • Profile photo of Konke Mazwai
    August 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm
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    Hmmm… Patric I have alot to say… I’ll break it down.

    While several black flaws cannot be blamed on the white man, alot can be put on their mission to gain world economic power. And spreading christianity of course.

    Shaka advancing via battle to spread his Kingdom and even Sekhukhune defending his and also using battle to advance his was common practice at the time. Fighting was right. So battle cant be used against the white man. White men killed each other in war at record numbers thats fine. So did black people. Only at the time though.

    But when the morality of the time dictated that slave torture and trade be globally frowened upon. Those white people that continued this practice, could be blamed for the lack of progression the opressed. Thats what happened in Ameraica. When american slavery “ended”, those slave masters (southern idiots) that continued the trade and use of slaves hindered those african american families a chance to progress at the same rate as the nothern black families.

    When several african states were receiving independance, those that still preached white supremancy and colonialism at this time hindered the black people a chance at national soveriegnty and a chance to progress within the bounds of thier own culture.

    Its not hypocracy, it could be the truth. “I WANT 7 WIVES AND A THRONE”. Apartheid took that from me. Im a victim.

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