Considering what white people have done to South Africa, it’s amazing that Julius Malema doesn’t have more supporters.
Before I continue, let me clarify that when I say “white people” I’m not referring to myself or the entire white race, I’m referring to the bastards who oppressed people based on the colour of their skin in apartheid South Africa.
These musings made me wonder: is a forgiving nature the hallmark of indigenous cultures around the world?
Take the Bushmen of the Kalahari for example. They were chased off their land because the government of Botswana allegedly wanted to mine diamonds there. If I were a Bushmen, I would probably be willing to buy an AK47 and shoot my way back onto my beautiful land before it gets raped by “progress” and “development”. Sure, the Bushmen have fought the government and won back some rights, but they don’t seem quite as pissed off as I would be.
Then you have the Jarawa - recently “contacted” hunter-gatherers in the Andaman Islands. The government there has now built a massive road through their ancestral homeland. I have seen videos of Jarawa being mocked and mistreated by Indian policeman. These scenes made me furious. Yet the Jarawa still have massive smiles on their faces and show no hatred towards these bastards.
Similarly, you very seldom hear of non-human animals getting truly aggressive over the daily ecocide that civilization is perpetrating on their habitats. A notable exception is an elephant I saw on video recently who went on the rampage in an Indian town, apparently in protest against the destruction of his home. I saw the elephant kick bikes over, trample things and apparently one human was killed. I’m sorry that someone had to die, but I understand the elephant’s outrage.
Perhaps I’m not as enlightened as they are, but sometimes I think this forgiving tendency is detrimental to the rights of indigenous peoples. It would seem that capitalism, growth for the sake of growth, and increase in population of civilized humans due to totalitarian agriculture, will keep on raping indigenous cultures and the Earth until some people decide to fight back.
However, there’s a crucial difference between the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the black people of South Africa. Black people are now in control of the land in South Africa. Correction: a small handful of elite black people are now in control of the land. Many black South Africans are still living in appalling circumstances. However, this is still better than apartheid.
If you support Julius Malema’s racism, you are not much better than the white person who thinks her hatred of all black people is justified because her Grandfather’s farm in Zimbabwe was expropriated.
This tendency towards generalisations is sadly common. I therefore find it incredibly admirable that the majority of black South Africans are still so good to me.