How Civil Rights Movements are Murdered
Published January 30th, 2018. 3:03 p.m.
In 1990, the leader of a guerilla uprising was freed from jail after 26 years of secretly running his terrorist organization, Spear of the Nation, from behind bars. What followed was one of the biggest civil rights disasters in the history of the South Africa. That leader, Nelson Mandela, went on to form and lead the communist political party of South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC), which first came to power with its victory in the 1994 election. The party has won every election since.
The success of Mandela’s anti-apartheid movement, like most racial/identitarian movements, was the impetus of a new and widespread civil rights tragedy. Statistics show that under his rule, violent crime in South Africa disproportionately targeted whites. Since his passing, conditions have only worsened. The truth behind his reputation as a leader of a non-violent movement may be genuine or a convenient political fiction. What is clear is that the spirit of non-violent resistance has been interned with his bones. Statistics vary, but whites today account for 20-40% of murder victims in South Africa despite comprising anywhere between 2-10% of the population.
White activists are laying the charge that a spirit of vengeance has engulfed post-apartheid South Africa pointing to its lopsided murder rate as indicative of a genocidal purge. On its ten-stage scale of genocide, the international watchdog organization Genocide Watch has categorized the country at stage six: polarization. Genocide Watch also notes the victims are whites and Boers – a colloquial term for “farmers” and a virtual synonym for white people. Perpetrators are “xenophobes” and communists, says Genocide Watch.
Mandela’s South Africa is a Leftist’s dream come true. It is a place ruled by a single, communist party and one where whites are in the minority and yet are hunted by armies of avenging Michael Browns and Trayvon Martins. The situation is so bad, the government periodically takes measures to cover it up. For example, in 2007 – 2011 South African police tried keeping the statistics under wraps. It is no surprise the resumption of transparency regarding these statistics shows the trend never slowed. This year continues the increase in farm attacks and murders. As of October 2017, there have bee 638 attacks and 74 murders in 2017 alone, representing a nearly 30% increase in the murder rate for white farmers.
Behind the statistics and the hashtags used to raise awareness, is an even more gruesome reality. An examination of the violence committed reveals how the attacks are fueled by an inhuman racialized hatred. In February, a husband and wife were stabbed and shot before being left for dead on the side of the road. After being shot in the neck, the husband somehow survived, but his wife was less fortunate. She was burned with a blowtorch, had a plastic bag stuffed down her throat, and finally shot. In October, another man had been so cruelly beaten to death with a panga his face and head had become unrecognizable. For the less faint of heart, it might be instructive to perform an internet image search for “South Africa farm murder” but you should be warned the visual content is unseemly.
This says nothing of the rape, which in South African culture is viewed as something of a game or past time – what men do to blow off steam when frustrated or while away free time when bored. No small wonder then, the country is also called the “Rape capital of the world”. Female members of white farming families are frequently subjected to rape, often as a final prelude to their murder.
On the local news website, stories of new attacks and murders are frequently updated. After a year of attacks where farmers and their families have been tied up and robbed, stabbed, and killed, the white community decided to conduct a day of protests. Called Black Monday because the participants were asked to show solidarity by wearing black, the protests are part of an anti-genocide movement, called “Genoeg is Genoeg” (Enough is Enough), and is characterized by a dedication to a prayerful and non-violent solution.
In the US, Nelson Mandela is largely remembered as a saint. My generation revered him as a peace-loving activist and wore trendy t-shirts expressing solidarity with his movement. Yet through the cracks of today’s internet – through non-corporate news sites, social media, and other sources -- we are confronted with the unseemly truth of his legacy: that when civil rights movements allow themselves to become racial identitarian cudgels, they devolve into perpetual generational blood feuds. It is something we in our own country need to deeply consider before committing to the tactics and goals of radical identitarian social Marxist movements like Black Lives Matter or militant transgender activists.