Actually reverse racism (against whites) has been rife for years.
Now racism is a very touchy subject indeed, but it actually can work both ways. This is a very difficult piece for me to write, because by doing so, I know I’m going to lose my Internet friends in droves. Believe it or not I’m actually proud of all the friends I’ve made here. However, if you are a real friend then what should it matter if you happen to see things differently to other people? As adults surely every one is entitled to a point of view? So here goes.I was born and brought up in a country where I have lived through all of this. But the most important point is that I always loved my country and I always will. All the different races and all the different colours, unequivocally, full stop. As in all places and in all humans, you get a bit of everything. Good people and bad people and all the in betweens. So who is ever to point a finger at any one else?I’d love to spend a bit of time trying to show where this comes from and how it began. I sure do hope people will allow me the time for this. What I mean is, don’t read this with preconceived ideas, rather with an open mind?
Racism and how it begins.
This then was the Matabele
King, Lobengula, offspring of Mzilikazi
, when the first white man arrived here on his journey from South Africa
. Prior to the arrival of the Zulu impi
brought here by Mzilikazi, this part of Africa was home to the Bushman. A very small, nomadic hunter. What happened to them? The same thing that always happens when one encounters a superior force. They were driven off.In time this offshoot who broke away from Shaka Zulu
‘s reign became known as the Matabele. Fierce brave they were and fierce proud they were too. It was a subsistence existence, made more lively from sporadic raids further North into the kingdom of the Shona, who were no match for these warriors, but who had also decimated the Bushmen. Here the Matabele stole their women and their cattle and returned home. Such is life.
The white man arrives and trouble begins.
Here then is Cecil John Rhodes
who left England due to ill health and went to Africa where the dryer climate helped his health.
Whilst there in South Africa he amassed stupendous wealth at the Kimberly diamond mine and the Witwatersrand. An extremely powerful man and well known Anglophile who believed passionately in England.As head of the British South Africa
Mining company, he was looking for new avenues to explore and his lifelong dream was to build a rail-road from the Cape to Cairo. He had heard the stories about Mzilikazi and decided to follow it up by taking a trip further North to assess its mineral wealth. Obviously he had scouted it out and a meeting had been arranged for him to talk with the Matabele king, Lobengula.At this meeting he arranged the rights to explore and mine the area with the complete approval of the King. Thus began the white mans foothold in what was eventually to become known as Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia
, Zimbabwe Rhodesia and Zimbabwe at different times in its history. He sweetened the deal by offering Lobengula certain colourful trinkets and beads.
Cultural differences, the way they existed.
Above photo is of Zimbabwe ruins situated in Mashonaland and estimated to have been built and lived in between 1100 to 1450 AD. Big enough to house around 18000 people and built without any mortar. Great scholarly arguments exist to this day about who was responsible for building it.
By no means do I imply that the following is racist in any way. In the first few modules I tried to explain how I thought this came about and how many people perceive it even today. It goes something like this. When Rhodes and his first settlers arrived, they found a primitive people still locked in the Iron Age. These people had no written language, religion, education or anything else. Whereas some of the settlers themselves could well have been illiterate, they had behind them a culture, which by Indigenous standards was truly advanced. What do I mean?
I mean. Leonardo Da Vinci had completed his works and died by 1519. William Shakespeare had completed his works and died by 1616. St. Peters basilica was completed in 1626, St. Paul’s cathedral by 1710 and Westminster by 1870. Schools, Universities, a Bill of Rights, medicine, railways and ships. Need I go on. And of course various religions.
Westminster, and the first Matabele war.
To the best of my knowledge the whites always left these people alone and worked around them as they did with the Shona in
Mashonaland. However people are touchy and like to defend what is theirs. Accordingly the Matabele went to war and tried to surprise the whites and after being defeated they tried again at a later stage, this time with the help of the Shona. Once again they were defeated. Small odds overwhelmed vast numbers, due mainly to more advanced weaponry. Once again such is life.Westminster here in this photo was completed in 1870 and the Matabele went to war against people from this nation twenty six years later. It hardly seems credible? No one doubted their bravery for one minute and they earned deep respect for this. However the perception remained that they were sly and couldn’t be trusted. As each generation was lost to the next and life got easier for each one. People began to forget that when they first arrived everyone was on the same footing more or less. So a slow process began of thinking one was far superior to the other one.
R. G. Mugabe.
Now then here it begins with this man and his cohorts. I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, I was so proud to be
Rhodesian and I always will be. Part of the reason for this is. We were one of the few countries in the world who never decimated our indigenous population. Despite the fact that we were quite capable of doing this. No, we looked after them. Admittedly perhaps we could have speeded up the process but then again, who knows?I’ve often wondered why the free world could never see this, or could they? One also has to understand, who was it who armed this culture when they were not capable of doing this themselves? Why it was the Russians and the Chinese. Of what interest could they have for them? Their free societies, their ideologies, these ideologies which systematically slaughtered over 100 million of their own people? Why should they want to help the black people, it makes no sense? Yet the free world fell for this and consequently ruined a perfectly beautiful little country in central Africa and a perfectly, beautiful people on all sides, white, black, Indian and in-between. How sad.
This then was the man who made reverse racism a fine art. He started slowly, flexing his muscles and built it up into a crescendo. He brought in North Korean troops to train his sixth brigade and when they were ready, he let them loose on the Matabele and committed genocide of the highest order, and when the people finally tired of him, he let loose his war veterans and set them loose on the white farming population. I had personal friends who were beaten to death in front of their wives and daughters, because they voted. Now seeing as your vote is secret. How did they know who he voted for? They didn’t, it was just another excuse to let loose his thugs again to preserve his power. The police stood by and did nothing.This piece is long enough, but I have penned a series of pieces describing what happened in this country, that will chill you to the bone. I had a black farm manager and what happened to his son in that stupid war in the Congo will shock you all. I started this piece by saying that every country has good people and bad people and all the in betweens. Isn’t about time, all the good people came together and put this monster to bed once and for all. Racism, really? What about reverse racism?As it turns out we are not the only country in the World which has had to endure this. In fact it’s an almost endless list. Currently, sweeping America again, so have to add President Obama’s classic, “somebody else made that happen?” As always there are nuances in everything said. For example look at Africa and what it has been turned into now. Careful what you vote for people, you might just get it.
Now one has to understand that the Rhodesian perspective of things was almost the complete opposite of the South African one. Rhodesians believed that the blacks were not quite ready for government yet and more time was needed to bring them up to scratch. Whereas the South Africans believed in separate, you run your homelands and leave us to run ours. As matters have turned out a remarkable quote I read by a South African after the advent of black governance, the author being unknown to me.
- We are sorry that our ancestors were intelligent, advanced and daring enough to explore the wild oceans to discover new countries and develop them.
We are sorry that those who came before us took you out of the bush and taught you that there was more to life than beating drums, killing each other and chasing animals with sticks and stones.
- We are sorry that they planned, funded and developed roads, towns, mines, factories, airports and harbours, all of which you now claim to be your long deprived inheritance giving you every right to change and rename these at your discretion.
- We are sorry that our parents taught us the value of small but strong families, to not breed like rabbits and end up as underfed, diseased, illiterate shack dwellers living in poverty.
- We are sorry that when the evil apartheid government provided you with schools, you decided they’d look better without windows or in piles of ashes.
We happily gave up those bad days of getting spanked in our all white Schools for doing something wrong, and much prefer these days of freedom where problems can be resolved with knives and guns.
- We are sorry that it is hard to shake off the bitterness of the past when you keep on raping, torturing and killing our friends and family members, and then hide behind the fence of ‘human rights’ with smiles on your faces.
- We are sorry that we do not trust the government… We have no reason to be so suspicious because none of these poor “hard working intellectuals” have ever been involved in any form of “corruption or irregularities”.
- We are sorry that we do not trust the police force and, even though they have openly admitted that they have lost the war against crime and criminals, we should not be negative and just ignore their corruption and carry on hoping for the best.
- We are sorry that it is more important to you to have players of colour in our national teams than winning games and promoting patriotism.
We know that sponsorship doesn’t depend on a team’s success.
- We are sorry that our border posts have been flung open and now left you competing for jobs against illegal immigrants from our beautiful neighbouring countries. All of them countries that have grown into economic powerhouses after kicking out the ‘settlers’.
- We are sorry that we don’t believe in witchcraft, beet root and garlic cures, urinating on street corners, virginity testing, slaughtering of bulls in our back yards, trading women for cattle and other barbaric practices.
- Maybe we just grew up differently?
- We are sorry that your medical care, water supplies, roads, railways and electricity supplies are going down the toilet because skilled people who could have planned for and resolved these issues had to be thrown away because they were of the wrong ethnic background and now have to work in foreign countries where their skills are highly appreciated.
- We are so sorry that we’d like this country to fulfill its potential so we can once again be proud South Africans.
The Previously Advantaged
- PS In the old regime… we had lights and water.
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