White South Africans have lost faith in discussions over racism because the people of the country aren’t judged by the same yard-stick.
Also, the faith is lost due to the tendency of many media outlets being selective in their reports on racism.
This is according to Ernst Roets, the Deputy CEO of AfriForum. Roets expressed the sentiments above when he was making a presentation to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) .
The Deputy CEO lamented that crimes of violence where white people are the victims and black people the perpetrators are mostly dismissed as ‘ordinary crimes’, even when there is proof that the crime was motivated by a racist, anti-white agenda.
On the other hand, he argued that instances where a white person is the perpetrator and a black the victim, are generally regarded as deeds of racism, even when there are no proof of racism.
Roets offered several instances to buttress his sentiment. First, he said:
“In South Africa, telling a black school girl that she is not allowed to wear her hair in an Afro at school is exponentially more newsworthy and, according to the media, more deplorable than a black person murdering four white people and then publicly stating that he did so because they were white.”
Thereafter, he contended that:
“Former Standard Bank economist Chris Hart was rebuked and fired from his job after he had tweeted an economic observation, based on his research, suggesting that many black South Africans had an entitlement mentality, which had a negative impact on economic growth.
On the other hand, Lulu Xingwana, the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities went on international television falsely stating that young Afrikaner men brought up in the Calvinist religion believe that they own a woman, they own a child, they own everything and therefore they can take that life because they own it. Xingwana also apologised, but still continues with her duties in Cabinet.”
Roets stressed that the reaction would have been different if a white person made the same statements as Xingwana. He proclaimed that the Minister’s utterances were extremely offensive because it insulted his identity as an Afrikaner.
Above all, the Deputy CEO vowed that AfriForum will continue to fight racism and participate in discussions on racism.
He said AfriForum will soon announce the details of an increased campaign against racism.