Sunday, April 4, 2010

The effing D-words using the k-word, ET. SMH.

Between having watched Sweeney Todd last night, being a quarter of the way through In Cold Blood and Eugene Terre’blanche being murdered, life is feeling pretty gorey right now.
Firstly, Dozi has been making all sorts of unnecessary racist comments. This D-word has been using the k-word. And by ‘D-word’ I am not referring to his name. I mean he’s a doos. It is because of attitudes like his that the ‘Rainbow Nation’ remains an ideal which describes only South Africa’s demographic variety, not its attitudes.
Let us not forget the deaths for which Eugene Terre’blanche was responsible. Rumours are he was killed by farm workers. With his history, combined with his having allegedly refused to pay wages and –gotten into trouble before for physically abusing a worker, many people are surprised he lasted this long. I am not justifying his murder, but one must not lose sight of the fact that this 'leader' was a terrible man in many ways, and to suddenly create Facebook groups in memory of him, where the Boere must 'stand together' tells me people have forgotten what he really represented.
Let us not make this about race. Stop, and consider the possibility it was a senseless murder like the countless others that happen in this country. We simply cannot always make everything about race; what will we DO when a white person kills another white person? Because here is a shocking truth: white people kill too. They rape, they steal and they do all the other bad things we seem to blame only on black people [or coloured people, in certain parts of the world] in this country. And yes, racism goes both ways. It is wrong, in both directions.
Let us not tie this to Julius Malema. What he has been doing is not right, but this cannot be made his fault. Make connections where there are linked paths, do not get all Nancy Drew on matters that are either far more complicated than you understand, or far more simple than you may think.
Let us not forget the other man who died this weekend, albeit a long time ago: Jesus Christ. He died for the sins of all, regardless of colour. And for those of you ‘Christians’ making racist comments, sitting innocently in church today: that is NOT Christianity. Christianity is Christ’s teachings, and he preached loving one’s neighbour, not loving only those with whom our skin colour or political beliefs correspond.
When people cry out that he did not deserve to die like that, I ask, ‘Does anyone?’ But his, like any other, was a murder. A death, an untimely exit and, to some, a tragedy. Nobody deserves to be murdered, and that is what we must focus on, rather than the hype the media and ill-informed people are creating about race, Julius Malema and all the other political bullshit they know nothing about.
Let us not fight violence with violence. Your logic may tell you that this is counter-productive, especially when the primary goal is not peace but victory.
Let us not get irrationally scared. This is not war. This is not the end of South Africa, or life as we know it. For all you Afrikaners stocking up on locks, ammunition and racist Facebook statuses, remember this-
Imagination, of course, can open any door- turn the key and let terror walk right in.’
-In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think MY main problem about this whole debacle, is how easy it has become for one man to kill another without a second thought. The lack of consequences in our judicial system for a crime of this nature shows that people are not deterred in the slightest. Murder is murder, as people should be punished for it in a manner that will make all future criminals think twice.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely spot on. We cant allow ourselves to get drawn into 1+1 science

Skillie ! said...

Loving it!
Preach it!

Lourens said...

I agree with much of what you are saying as a white South African Christian, but here is my problem: I do not feel very loved by Julius Malema at the moment, and unfortunately I have to wonder about whether two young blacks would have done the same had it not been in the wake of Julius Malema, and is this not maybe an indication that we shoud not take Julius Malema's antics to lightly? Even though you and I know we shouldn't be to serious about these kind of things there are a lot of people who are not that wise.

We should not assume too easily that this is tied to Julius Malema, but on the other hand we should not be too easy to dismiss the possibility that it is connected. The fact is that we do not know.

We should however refrain from hating others who are not murderers, black or white. We should check our tongues and refrain from using words like "k" or "doos" because both are words that kill and hurt. Both are ways that we call people idiots (morons in greek) and kill them verbally. This is all part of loving those who do not love us, as Jesus asks in Matthew 5:43-47/48.

lougrob said...

I agree with much that you said, but there are a few things that I have to disagree/worry about.

I agree that we must not too easily asume that Julius Malema's antics lies behind this killing, but on the other hand, we can not too easily assume that it is not. We have no facts too back up either statements.

On the other hand we should refrain from judging all people on the actions of others. We should refrain from killing people with words, whether it be the "k" or "doos" word. Both intend to kill people with words and are wrong at all times. Jesus calls us to love our enemies in Matt 5:43-47/48 and also calls on us not to kill people with our words by for instance calling them idiot (moron in greek).

I don not feel very loved at the moment by Julius Malema as white Afrikaans speaing person, and unfortunately I have to think that If this had something to do with his antics it should make us worried, not hateful, but worried. We have the ability to shun the media's attention on Julius, but many others do not. Just as much as Dozi and Eugene Terblance should have moderated their language and opinions, Julius Malema should do the same, for the sake of all SOuth Africans, not just a small minority. This we cannot ignore.