Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Hypocritical South Africa

South Africans are a rubbish bunch it seems. I was watching the news this morning and the xenophobic attacks in Alexandra are dominating headlines. South Africans living in Alexandra are blaming foreigners (mostly people from Zimbabwe) for the high crime rates and for apparently taking jobs that should be given to South Africans and thus they decided to form a mob to get rid of the foreigners by breaking into their homes and beating them up. These people are such hypocrites! Just a few weeks back racism (in South Africa racism is only noted when the perpetrator is white – talk about double standards) was making headlines and people were complaining all over the place that white people are looking down on them and treating them like sub-humans. Those same people then turn around and treat foreigners like sub-humans. One would think that people who know how it feels to be ostracized for some arbitrary reason like skin colour or funny toes would have the wisdom to not go and do the same thing to other people. I hate being one of those pessimistic people who sit around and say that the country is going to hell in a basket but with the realities of racism (by which I mean acts of racism perpetrated by all parties; black, white, coloured, Elvish, etc), the energy crisis and crime in the country the situation looks rather grim.

There are many people, though, who are being proactive in trying to eradicate injustices. To all those people who are fighting the good fight against these social ills please don't lose courage.

Respekt :)

Teach us . . .
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not heed the wounds;
To toil and not seek for rest . . .

-St. Ignatius Loyola

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