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A grand disenchantment

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posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 02:24 PM
I'm being filled with a dread. A fear. A negativity I've never known.

I've been avoiding ATS (and most of the Internet) lately because of the increasing negativity people have towards each other. Yes, it's always been there. But it's always been contained by some good. Now, the cracks are showing and it's oozing out. Almost as if there's a vast river of pink slime like the one that flowed underneath First Avenue some 20-something years ago. The claws are out and the knives sharpened.

So, I found out I was being screwed sideways, salary-wise, at my work, which is pretty much a family run business. And I'm not family. You'd think that I can simply pack my little lunch box and go. But I can't. See I'm a white male in South Africa. The person least likely to be hired in the job market, thanks to "Affirmative Action" and "Employment Equity". Surely the only "modern" country in the world where the laws disadvantage the minority. So, I have to suck it up. Knowing that my "colleagues" earn twice as much as I do, but does half the work I do - if that much. Smile and wave boys. Smile and wave.

Alas, it's much bigger than that. South Africa is going down the drain pretty quickly. After our president's little faux pas the local currency has yet to recover.

And the ruling party simply doesn't give a smiling crap. As a matter of fact the government is giving out bonuses left and right, spending millions on vehicles, parties and "gifts" for all the ministers and their entourage...

See, a growing problem is if you're white and say something, then you are racist. And I'm not exaggerating. Google "Penny Sparrow" and you'll find a woman that called black new years party goers "monkeys". She's now facing criminal charges. Yes, she most definitely shouldn't have done it - it is racist. But her life as she knew it is now over because of one FB post.
Yet, no one acknowledges the fact that our own president has on several occasions sang the "Kill the Boer" song [Boer is a racial slur for white South African]. An ANC MP posted just some months ago that "All whites must %*&$-off" [I censored the actual word he used]. Yet, he still has his job and you'll hardly find any news articles about it (His name is Govan Mbeki if you want to Google it). Mugabe (Zimbabwean dictator) recently visited South Africa. He publicly said that he doesn't want to see any white people during his visit here - and he was still welcomed with open arms and even praised for his words (Link). Julius Malema (ex ANCYL president) chased a white BBC journalist out of a press conference, accusing him of "white tendency" and calling him a "bastard", "bloody agent" and "small boy" (Link). Yet Malema remained in his post for some time after that.

I can go on and on with examples, but apparently it's fine for black people to be hateful towards white people... But god forbid a white person says anything...

Also this week a leading economist, Chris Hart (white guy) Tweeted this: "More than 25 years after Apartheid ended, the victims are increasing along with a sense of entitlement and hatred towards minorities…." The guy lost his job.
For the record white people are in the minority by far with being less than 9% of the population.

And these resulted in retaliation like these examples:

It's really not the general population. We (black and white) go about our business - and just try and survive. Yes, there are obviously the far right and far left extremists, but they are by far the minority. It's the politicians that plays the white guilt card whenever they screw up. 25 years later they still blame any problems on "apartheid".
A failing electricity infrastructure. Apartheid. Corrupt politicians. Apartheid. (I kid you not.) The foreign exchange rate - which is at it's lowest point ever... Apartheid...
And what else can white people do but take the punches. Apartheid was a horrible, horrible social system. But for how long must the children of those that implemented it be punished? Would the country ever be able to recover from apartheid as long as the guilt of apartheid is held up over the heads of the minority?

And it's simply those in power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, right?

Another person posted something to think about on Facebook the other day. If you look at the human race's history over the millennia, there have been many great and powerful nations. The Aztecs had a great and mighty civilization centuries ago. The Egyptians, thousands of years ago, the Romans, the Ottoman Empire, the Persians, the Chinese empires, the tiny island of Britain, the Russian Empire, the Mongol Empire, etc. etc. Yet, after thousands of years no African tribe rose to be an empire. There were no paper invented. No wheel. No abacus. If you consider the awe-inspiring buildings the Romans built 2,000 years ago. Yet, 2,000 years later no African tribe bothered to move past the most elementary mud hut... And I watched how the person that posted that on Facebook got torn to bits. "It's racist. You can't say things like that you racist white pig."

This is obviously not 100% accurate - the Nubian civilization was pointed out for example. Yet the further South you go, it seems the less you find historically speaking...?

And as if the politics and economics weren't bad enough the country is experiencing the worst drought it has in years. Parts of the country that should be providing us with food is literary turning into a desert. There are no crops. Farmers are killing live stock because there's nothing to feed them and no water to give them. There are towns that has no running water in their taps...

South Africa is officially the rape capital of the world...

Crime figures are at its highest. Police has never been this useless - citizens have to pay private security companies thousands just to feel some sort of safety...

South Africa - the country that was once the economic powerhouse of Africa is turning into yet another third world cesspool. Falling under a corrupt dictator. Another Liberia. Another Cameroon. Another Zimbabwe. Nigeria. Guinea. Angola. Mozambique. Somalia. Uganda.

By the time the loyal followers realized that they were lied to by those in power - that politicians (the ruling ANC party) only want to enrich themselves, it will be too late. There is going to be a rebel faction (the EFF) and this will in turn result in a civil war. A genocide. The country will be left in burning and in ruins.

edit on 7/1/2016 by Gemwolf because: Grammar

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 02:25 PM
And South Africa will be yet another country standing in front of the rest of the world with an empty bowl that seems to never fill up irrespective of how much World Aid try to fill it.

Yes dear friends. I'm watching this happening right in front of my eyes. And I'm powerless. I can't do a single thing about it because I'm white and therefore obviously a racist. If I say something it would be because "obviously" I hate black people. It's not because I love my country and its people. Its not because I care. It's because I'm racist. I've got a house, a car, a fancy phone, a computer, Internet. I have nothing to complain about, do I? Apparently I don't care about the fact that the poor are starving. I don't care that there are a total of 17 beggars at the intersections in the 12 kilometers between my home and my office. Obviously it doesn't break my heart to see the streets filled with orphans - no hope left in their faces. I don't care that I see post after post on Facebook of people begging for work on behalf of their father/brother/sister or just a can of food. Just one can of food please.
No, I obviously don't care that when this all goes belly up, black, white, Indian, Asian - all are going to be equally broke and hungry...

So forgive me if I'm a bit bitter. Forgive me if I'm a bit negative. I'm watching the beginning of very bad things to come, and I simply can't do anything about it. And also, forgive me for not wanting to discuss Donald Trump's hair or Hillary's New Year resolution.

Yes, I'm disenchanted. Sorry about that.

I cry for my beloved country.
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posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 03:03 PM
a reply to: Gemwolf

Hatred breeds hatred. That's what came to my mind while reading you.

And there is certain quality to a human society that focus on social relations, and on its relation with Nature, that focus on the inside rather than the outside. Technology is the result of a human society that focus more on the outside world rather than the inside world. The 'West' is a prime example of that : we have all the tools to transform the outside world, but we have no tools to transform the inside world. I dare say that social inventions are worth more than technological inventions, or at the very least they have the same worth. Look at Tibet for example, have they invented much in terms of technology ? No, but they are renowned for another kind of discoveries.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 03:05 PM
May I be the first to invite you to the United States?

Come on over. We're a big, beautiful country. You've got your choice of fifty states to live in and, despite what people around the world say about us, we're a friendly and generous people.
edit on 1/7/16 by 123143 because: ADDED AN ADJECTIVE.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 03:11 PM
a reply to: Gemwolf

Nothing is as good or bad as it seems.

Historically speaking hate is near an all-time low. There are always going to be some wingnuts that are going to spout their hate, but these people are only being heard because of our relatively advanced communication systems.

It will all be okay.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 03:38 PM
I would say ... get out. Get out now. It doesn't seem that anything good will come out of S. Africa anytime soon and possibly lots of bad. I have a former teammate who was S. African. I hope he's not still there, either.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 03:42 PM

originally posted by: ketsuko
I would say ... get out. Get out now. It doesn't seem that anything good will come out of S. Africa anytime soon and possibly lots of bad. I have a former teammate who was S. African. I hope he's not still there, either.

Easier said than done.

Its not easy just to move countrys legaly.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 04:25 PM
a reply to: crazyewok

No, I know that, but when you see the writing on the wall and it looks like it might be written in your blood, you start to find a way.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 04:27 PM
Come seek asylum here in the U.K.

You will be more than welcome as far as I am concerned.

You are paying the price of apartheid unfortunately, but all this affirmative action is simply replacing one discriminatory system with another.

It's a shame, a wasted opportunity.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 05:40 PM
a reply to: Gemwolf

These are some sad times indeed. The mainstream media is not particularly fond of the South African problem, because of the history of the region and certain things which have been done in the past. But the facts are out there, mostly due to folks like yourself, people who love the place, and want to be honest about what is happening there.

What I find most disheartening, is that when I was a lad, I used to watch the news all the time, and one of the things I remember seeing was how things were changing, slowly, inexorably changing so that the inequalities which had been all too obvious then, were becoming less and less of an issue, things returning to a sort of balance. There was hope in the faces of correspondents, those they interviewed, and in the faces of children and adults in the background of the television programs and news pieces shot there.

But now? That beacon of hope, that land far away that was making it work against the odds seems to be coming apart at the seams. Even sat here in the UK, the goings on there presently should be a concern, because voices of division are holding SA up as an example of why segregation based policy is preferable and all that old world, jackboots and eagles nonsense that you have to be an idiot to believe.

The trouble seems to be, that in every place there are morons and powermongers. Powermongers use idiots to make their lives easier and idiots let them, because they are idiots. Idiots will believe anything they are told as long as it fits with their pre-existing biases, and let's face it, only idiots HAVE pre-existing bias. Those who are not idiots form opinions of individuals, not demographics as a whole. But there certainly seem to be an awful lot of idiots running things in SA, and I am so sorry that this is happening to your nation.

If there was anything I could do, I would be doing it.

posted on Jan, 7 2016 @ 06:17 PM
a reply to: TrueBrit

It's because when they tore the old system down, too many promises were made, promises that couldn't be kept. And instead of explaining why those promises couldn't be kept, it was far easier to keep bringing out the spectre of the old system and beat it some more. And since whites are now the not so visible minority in S. Africa, they are put in a very vulnerable position.

Apartheid was very poisonous. It created a lot of very bad feeling, as much as slavery. You can see how much anger still is created from slavery and its legacy in the states, and we're more than a generation out from it. Not so much in S. Africa. And our blacks are a minority.

The drive to go beyond justice to vengeance, even revenge, is very strong. And it's not dead here. So in S. Africa, I imagine it's very strong, very raw and still fresh. There are those who lived it still.

Now create a bad economy for the majority. They may govern, but most have never realized the promises that were made when apartheid ended. And instead of explaining failures and taking any responsibility, majority governments scapegoat the minority and blame the old system for the failures.

Year after year.

It's a bad situation and it will only get much worse as this cycle continues.

posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 12:27 AM
Like I said to you before - my dear and respect friend:

There's generally only two groups who seem to ride out the repetitive cyclic tides of hate;

1. Those whose love is for power
2. Those whose power is from love.

As hard as it oft' is - be the latter.

That said...I genuinely cry for you and particularly for the heartbreak you must feel seeing this happening to your beloved homeland.

posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 01:16 AM
a reply to: TrueBrit

How right you are.

Apartheid ended before I was able to think. I was 10 y.o. when Nelson Mandela was freed, and 14 by the time the ANC came to power. I've never understood apartheid nor could I comprehend how anyone thought it would be a good idea. I grew up with the knowledge that everyone was equal. Yet, today I am faced with the notion that I am not equal. I am now considered a lesser person (not by every one, I might add) in my own country because of what happened half a century ago.

Another thing I can't wrap my head around - and something that tells me that the whole world knew this was going to happen - is if you look at our economy from and international viewpoint...

A historical graph of the Rand/Dollar exchange rate:

Sanctions against South Africa was lifted in 1991. The first democratic election was in 1994 and the ANC took over. You'd think that the economy would thrive after sanctions was lifted. Yet, the exchange rate started to climb and never stopped climbing. Apparently international investors were much more interested in South Africa during the bad years as they have been (and still are) during the supposed good years? I don't get it. It makes no sense whatsoever...
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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 01:36 AM
a reply to: 123143

a reply to: ketsuko

a reply to: Cobaltic1978

The idea of emigrating is constantly in the back of my mind. But, it really isn't that easy.

I am a patriot, I love my country, and irrespective of what others say, I was born here and am as much an African as the next African. There is however a tipping point where the love might turn into hate... I want the country to be successful. I've been defending South Africa, and the accompanying political turmoil for years. As a matter of fact I joined ATS after I read a post of someone that was bad-mouthing South Africa - just to "correct" them. But this has changed. I find it harder and harder to see the silver lining. The good.

Secondly, I have a good life here - for now. I have a nice home, I drive a nice car, I can buy nice things. While I'm not rich, I don't have to wonder what I'm eating tomorrow. But I don't know how long it's going to last. If Fitch cut the country’s credit rating one more time, the Rand will be junk status and the money will be worth less than toilet paper... Will I be able to afford a bread? And how long before my property is taken by force by the government, like what happened in Zimbabwe? How long before I am hi-jacked for my "nice car" and killed in the process?

I also have a lot of family here. My Dad passed away some years ago, so my Mom lives alone (not far from me). My sister is recently divorced, and she has next to nothing - she's living with me for the moment. And then there's my partner and the in-laws... Do you just leave them behind and let them fend for themselves?

And then - as we've seen with the recent Syrian refugee debate. Other countries are less keen to take in immigrants than ever before... And the fact I'm a South African also counts against me, because "obviously I'm a racist". And what country wants someone like that?

It's not easy...

posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 03:01 AM
a reply to: Gemwolf

I think its pretty simple to work out why investor interest started to drop off rapidly when things got "better".

Traditionally speaking, investors are looking to make the most raw profit and get the most hours of labour out of a workforce, for the least number of dollars/pounds/rand of investment. We see this all the time in Britain, where jobs which have been done around here for generations, get farmed out to save money. Our steel business for example. Steel has been made in these isles for ages upon ages, but because other nations claim that their workers can make the exact same steel for less money, they get the contracts now.

It is all bunkum of course, because no one makes steel like we used to here. Sheffield was the greatest steel town ever erected in history.

The moment ones workforce demand fair pay and conditions, you get a situation where running operations there seems like less of a wining prospect for investors, because they are having to spend more money to make the same number of products as they used to be able to. That looks like a crapshoot for investors, especially the mercenary bastards who run things like stock exchanges, personal hedge funds, and the like.

That is one of the many problems with capitalism as ideology. Essentially, things ought to be done because the region needs the investment, not because someone who is already fantastically rich needs a bigger yacht, but alas, this is not how things work in the world

posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 08:38 AM
a reply to: Gemwolf


Remember, our door is always open and you are welcome.


posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 09:15 AM
a reply to: Gemwolf

Come to Australia mate !!

Hell we take anyone ... !!

posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 04:47 PM
When you seize control and strip everything from the people who used to run it, you really ought to know how the hell to do anything. Didn't work out so well in merry old SA. Not a black / white thing either, as a rule. Socialists and communists do the same stupid things every time they grab control from the people who were running things. Socialists and commies always suck at running their countries, always go straight down the tubes. USSR lol, what a dump.

And the purveyors of those tweets really should be more interested in literacy than hate & anger. Hate & anger won't put a buck in your pocket or food on the table. Writing something readable usually will though.

posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 08:05 PM
Thank you for a most intelligent and heartfelt rant.
It gives me a window into a world I never would have thought to look through.

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posted on Jan, 8 2016 @ 09:53 PM
Lots of South Africans in OZ, Sydney would love to have you. Don't fret and stress, just do.
Pack your bags and go for a year see what happens.

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