Whites In South Africa and Apartheid: My Views

June 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm 2 comments

What made me want to write about this was the fact that this is the unit I’m doing at school right now in history, a unit I take a big interest in. While I already knew a few things about apartheid, I didn’t know that it involved complete separation between black, white and what they called “coloured” people, before I thought it was what the South Africans would call segregation, but going on there instead of the US.

But I was wrong. Apartheid required people living in completely differents towns etc. The black and “coloured” people were the https://i0.wp.com/www.ccfplus.com/wp-content/uploads/apartheid-image.jpgones who had to move into areas of squalor and poverty while the white people were more privileged and experienced the better end of apartheid (after all, it was their idea to begin with). Anyone who wasn’t white was considered inferior and second class citizens. Signs were put up all over the place saying where whites and non whites could and couldn’t go. The places for whites were clean, hygenic and nice to visit. While the places for black and “coloured” people were the opposite; they were far from decent.

What I don’t understand is, why did whites in South Africa try and separate themselves from blacks and “coloured” people when they were the ones who were the minority and not them? There was a bit of a discussion of apartheid generally in my class today, and one thing I said was “The way I see it, if whites wanted to be separate from black and coloured people that badly, then they should go back to their home countries

This caused a bit of a stir within the class, and despite the fact no one in the class was South African, it still seemed to offend some people. Some people said that “that’s just as bad as saying all black people in America should go back to Africa“, some said “that’s like someone telling you you’re not English…how would you like that?” and one person even said “but why should they, South Africa is their country“.

Not only were some of these statements irrelevant, but the way they were phrased made you wonder whether some of them knew what they were talking about. The whole black pehttps://i0.wp.com/www.jackandjillpolitics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/marcus-garvey.jpgople in America thing is completely different to whites in South Africa. The first black people who came to America certainly didn’t come there by choice, they were forced to come to America as slaves by white people. And yeah, later on some of them actually did go back to Africa. Think of people like Marcis Garvey and Malcolm X’s father, they were few of many people who lead and spread the message of that movement. While they were against segregation, they believed that black people in America could only be happy in the place where their ancestors originated from. They didn’t care that they were born in America and may of had an American passport, they knew their true home was in Africa. Which is why many wanted to go back.

So even though they were born there, lived there and hold a South African passport, it doesn’t chage the fact that white peoplehttp://musadisalozer.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/boers1.jpg in South Africa descended from mainly Dutch and British settelers like the Boers, settlers that came from EUROPE and not South Africa, even though some of them claimed to. Listen to Afrikaans, it’s not a traditional African language, it’s a Dutch dialect. When it comes to white South Africans in South Africa, the only thing that it South African about them is their passport, and maybe their accent [but I think that sounds more Australian than African…]. It doesn’t matter how long their family has been there for, they are still Europeans. Therefore, it would only make sense that the whites who wanted complete separation from black people etc. went to a continent where whites were the majority and blacks weren’t like their home continent of Europe, instead of denying black people things like the right to vote in their OWN country.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all whites in South Africa should’ve gone back to Europe. If there were ones who could stay there and get on with black and “coloured” people perfectly fine, then they could’ve stayed. I’m just simply saying that the ones who wanted to be away fom black people that badly should’ve left instead of putting themselves on top and corrupting the country like them and some of their ancestors did.

And as for the whole “me being English” thing, I’ll talk about that in another post. This one already is quite long =S.

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  • 1. Pocohanthas  |  June 12, 2009 at 12:17 am

    the idea of superiority was enforced by the british and emplememted by the SA goverment. The british enstilled the inferiority/superiority complex and the SA believed both bindsets to be true.

    you need to understand british influence in SA before you blame white South Africans. British ways, laws and thinking was applied to everything from politics to education. they made the rules, as SA was a british collony.

    SOME of the whites started believeing that they were superior and the blacks started believing they were inferior due to British brainwashing.

    white SA namely the “boers” blead for their country, fighting for independence. without them, SA wouldve been free maby 50yrs after that day.

    white/indian/coloured south africans can never sound asif they have and african accent because they never had a tribal language as a first language….duh

    FIY
    whites love coloureds and visa versa. they fought for them and now, the colourds are standing with their white =brothers…why do you think the DA whon the election in the western cape? the whites support the coloureds.

    also, in SA, the coloureds are a race, just like the boers., they are not mixed with one white and one black and so now, you have a mixed race baby, they are a race of that colour….

    as for corruption:
    the “new democracy” has &*^&% SA from behind. the people that wanted democracy are causing 97% of the countries corruption and crime…and you wonder why white people over there cant get over their colour issues?

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  • 2. Billie Walker  |  June 17, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I am aware of the British and what they did in South Africa [after all, I learnt a whole unit about it]. While they did influence the Dutch, that was no excuse for the Dutch to agree with and follow what they were told by the British.

    There have been many times when Europeans have tried to influence Africans in many different ways, whether it is their culture or the way they ran their country. But most of them wouldn’t have any of it. They still did things the way they did it before, despite what the Europeans told them.

    And since when did whites love “coloureds” and visa versa? If they did then explain to me why apartheid happened in the first place? Why would whites want to get away so much from coloured people etc. despite what the British told them if they “loved” them so much?

    So For YOUR Information, before you start blaming me for not knowing what I’m talking about, read the whole post. After all, right at the beginning it DID state that I did a unit on South Africa, apartheid etc in school, but maybe that didn’t get through to you.

    Something tells me you should read things more c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y before you comment on here again and decide to throw around your accusations

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