This Could Get Nasty

When I read this article I could only think of how nasty this could get. The white to black ratio in the population of Zimbabwe was never more than 1:20. In South Africa it’s more like 1:9. Also, the Afrikaners are very tough people and they arrived in South Africa at just about the same time as the Bantu-speaking people who make up 90% of blacks. Unless you think that blacks have some sort of inherent right to African land, a notion with troublesome implications, the Afrikaners have as much right to the land as the Bantu-speaking people do.

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  • PD Shaw Link

    Assurances were given though: “not calling for the slaughter of white people’ at least for now”.

  • Historically, the Afrikaners have been much given to secret societies and the like. I would not be a bit surprised if this doesn’t escalate rapidly and both black and white groups, the white groups heavily composed of former mercenaries, start slaughtering people of the other race indiscriminately.

  • CuriousOnlooker Link

    Lets hope wise heads will prevail. South Africa igniting would set back ethnic relations worldwide.

  • Jimbino Link

    the Afrikaners have as much right to the land as the Bantu-speaking people do.

    is like saying, “the Native Americans have as much right to the land as the Europeans do.” And maybe more if one holds to your theory that the first to occupy are the winners.

  • No, it’s not the same. You’re ignoring that the Bantu-speaking people are invaders of South Africa, too, who arrived just about the same time as the Afrikaners did. The Bantu-speaking people of South Africa are arguing prior rights, something based on a misunderstanding of the actual history and ignoring that they themselves supplanted a prior population.

    American Indians arrived on the North American continent about 20,000 years ago not in 1500 and they didn’t supplant a prior population.

    However you cut it the Bantu-speaking population of South Africa are wrong unless force is the only gauge which was the motivation for the post in the first place.

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