Will Afrikaners Allow Their Nation to Die?

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– 27 August 2015 –

Janus:

Janus SmallFor every Afrikaner like Steve Hofmeyr in South Africa, there must be one hundred more who are embarrassed for their perceived sins of racism and who are quietly allowing their nation to dissipate and die.  Hofmeyr, a singer and cultural activist, is interviewed about his thoughts on the state of his own Afrikaner people:

“The greatest antagonist to Afrikaner independence is the Afrikaner himself. They have bought into the most expensive contract for themselves and their children, that of white guilt.”. . .

. . . Later, when asked why he was comfortable to shake hands with a black journalist (and race has to be an issue here) but not at ease with someone of his own race, the musician poured his heart out about what can only be described as the Afrikaner’s betrayal of his own.

“White guilt is propaganda for black acquisition of material benefits. These political freebees succeed only as long as whites embrace it. It is patronising to black South Africans to enforce baby-sitting measures as this will keep blacks in nursery school perpetually.”

Magtig! (good grief!)

But then similarly, perhaps, I personally find it is white people, with specific reference to the Afrikaner, who look the other way and distance themselves from Orania’s so-called “intentional” community model whenever I attempt to engage them on the subject. They would not be seen in a million harvests walking the oxwagon trails of “racist” Orania. . . .

. . . Hofmeyr refuses to subscribe to what he terms “white guilt”, and believes rather in “white pride”, because the former is an open invitation to plunder and the latter a call to context.

To place these views into a proper context, Hofmeyr argues that collective – or rather white – guilt is not a legal term, adding that punishing the white race bordered on unconstitutionality, and was therefore unethical. “The wrong perpetrators (whites) are punished, and the wrong beneficiaries (blacks) are compensated.”

And then, to Hofmeyr’s horror, there are those whites who go about peddling “Struggle credentials”, telling those who care to listen about halcyon days in the underground trenches of the anti-apartheid conflict.

“You must listen to 702. The rest of us cringe at what others (whites) pretend to be proud of.”

On the other hand, he says the Afrikaner trusted and thought the British were fellow Christians, until the Crown’s soldiers “wiped out” a generation of Boer children, and burnt down two Boer republics, those of the erstwhile Transvaal and Orange Free State, during the Anglo-Boer War.

“This time around we bought into the idea of a Rainbow Nation, only to lose everything we were, (what) we stand for, what we want to be. . . .

. . . Of comfort to Hofmeyr is that while a large part of “the white tribe” is in remission, Afrikaners are rediscovering their identity and national worth.

“We have always been deeply cultural. We build monuments. We celebrate heritage without government prompting. We are still proudly gravitating between our calling as the last agents of the West on the one hand and the children of Africa on the other. Rallying this tribe from these different perspectives is essential.

“Our genes speak of defiance, independence and self-reliance. We travel far to attain it, and we travel well,” Hofmeyr, the artist, goes almost lyrical.

A few people, like Hofmeyr and Carol Boshoff (the founder of Orania), are standing up for their people in South Africa while the rest are either buying into the “rainbow nation” or fleeing to such distant lands as the British Commonwealth countries, the United States, or even unlikely places such as Georgia or other sub-Saharan-African countries.  Or getting murdered.

The exclusively White Afrikaner settlement of Orania has only 1,000 people out of South Africa’s 2.7 million Afrikaners.  To live in Orania, the Afrikaners must perform all of their own work, which keeps wealthier Afrikaners away, as these still prefer to pay for cheap black labor.  Poor Afrikaners, which exist in large numbers, can’t afford to move to Orania or anywhere else, and it is unclear if many of them would be willing to work even if they did reach Orania.

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Could a new Afrikaner national consciousness arise out of these white squatter camps?

Oddly, it may be these poor white Afrikaners who provide the genesis for a new national awakening.  In their squalor, they are remaining largely separate as a people, they seem to be breeding in at least decent numbers, and they aren’t spoiled by Western material wealth.  Currently they simply wish to eat, but perhaps one day they will awaken to their national rights, and hopefully lose their aversion to manual labor.

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