White Privilege

by Hannes Wessels

 

Poor Helen Zille is in terrible trouble again despite a stellar career in public life. As the outgoing premier of the Western Cape, through a display of competence, diligence and selflessness she has shown the country she has devoted much of her life to, and the world, how a politician should go about the discharge of his or her duties and responsibilities. Unfortunately, these lessons are almost certainly lost on the country’s leaders who choose to adopt a very different approach to the wielding of power and it has a lot to do with using political leverage as a means towards self enrichment; something Mrs. Zille abhors and this is the background to the latest twitter-storm.

The Premier’s ire was raised in part by a tweet from a gentleman calling himself, ‘Literate Lion’ who wrote: “You clearly don’t understand white privilege. We had plenty technology here that was eroded/annihilated by colonialism. You did zero favours by colonising us.”

Mrs. Zille’s response was blunt and pertinent: “Well you clearly don’t understand black privilege. It is being able to loot a country and steal hundreds of billions and get re-elected. If ppl want permanent poverty for the masses they are going about it the right way.”

Unfortunately, ‘Literate Lion’ did not go into any details about the, “…plenty technology here that was eroded/annihilated by colonialism.” Clearly, he knows something most of us who have studied African history don’t and it would be fascinating to hear more from this learned individual on the subject. I wonder if he gave any thought to the origins of the device he was using to criticise so-called ‘white privilege’?

Apart from all the other questions raised by Mrs. Zille’s tweet, what is blindingly obvious is that in the course of this terse but explosive discourse we are also witness to yet another blatant example of anti-white racism. While Mrs. Zille is lambasted for using the term ‘black-privilege’ no such criticism is allowed when the term ‘white privilege’ is tossed out into the media mix with gay abandon. In other words, it’s quite acceptable to label every person with a white skin as ‘privileged’ but the converse is totally unacceptable even to more credible figures in the black intelligentsia like Professor Thuli Madonsela who drew accolades for her performance during her tenure as the country’s ‘Public Protector’.

She tweeted thus: Dear @helenzille white privilege is universal and comes with the premium the world places on whiteness plus accumulated historical advantages. To equate it with black privilege is myopic. To brand blacks as looters and political pretenders is wrong. Please withdraw and apologize.”

My problem with Professor Madonsela (I’m constantly amazed at the fact that a country and continent blessed with so many professors seems to consistently get so much wrong) and millions who think like her is I reject with contempt the very concept of ‘white privilege’ that rolls so easily off their forked tongues. The recorded history of the European I have read can be summed up as one of industriousness, innovation, enterprise and fortitude which led to conquest and the creation of wealth which changed the world; in most cases for the better. Europeans did not prosper waiting for hand-outs; they improved their lives through careful contemplation and toil.

As I understand it, and I stand to be corrected by ‘Literate Lion’, the Africa that revealed itself to the early European explorers, missionaries and settlers was a primitive, violent and at times, terrifying place where might was right and the most basic human rights were of absolutely no consequence.

A perfect exemplar of this condition was Chaka Zulu; a genocidal maniac, now lionized in South Africa with an airport named after him. If Chaka had been a European, he would be posted up there alongside Mao, Stalin and Hitler as one of the monsters of the history of the world.

As a ‘privileged white’ brought up in Africa I have dealt with adversity all my life, simply because of the colour of my skin. For much of my early years I was, through no fault of my own, a citizen of an outlaw state, forbidden to travel abroad, drawn into war at a young age to try and block the path to power of a tyranny and vilified, simply because the international community had suddenly decided that Europeans had no right to be in Africa.

All my working life, because of my race, I and my contemporaries have been subjected to selective application of the laws and double standards. Marginalised in the country of my birth because of my ancestry and warned that whites should stay out of politics I looked on in horror as friends who ignored this threat were murdered and maimed. I was part of a community of good and kind people, stripped of their lives and livelihoods simply because of their ‘whiteness’ and yet I must accept that I and my people like me are somehow ‘privileged’?

Today I am witness to the heart-breaking plight of many of my destitute former colleagues and countrymen who are unable to survive without the help of friends and family. Because of their ‘whiteness’ they lost everything in Zimbabwe and have not been able to recover from the ensuing financial ruin. Many are of British ancestry; once proudly and bravely served Queen and country when the Union Jack flew but the people who now rule in the motherland have forsaken these former stalwarts and refuse to assist in the payment of their measly pensions.

The government of the country that encouraged many of these people to set forth into Africa in a bid to make the world a better place, spends £12 billion a year on aid projects, much of it on this continent helping despots retain power but not one penny for their own in times of desperate need. The simple reason; they are white and ‘privileged’!

 

 

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14 comments on “White Privilege

  1. Time those that sit on their high horse screaming white privilege hop out of their bullet proof Mercedes remove their prejudiced lensed sunglasses and have a hard look at them selves. Most whites live a middle classed life and have to work hard to make ends meet. What do they want us to do…stop working..??? Who has the skill set …???? Look at Eskom. Instead they should be working with us to assist in bringing the skills sets of the black workers up. Instead they drive us away. In the end Johannesburg will be another Mogadishu.

  2. Literate Lion must have been referring to the recent acclaimed Stan Lee documentary about said technology: “Black Panther.” Wish those Wakandans would quit being selfish and export some of their high-tech flying machines over to the USA to alleviate road traffic…

  3. Why call Hitler a monster?
    It was the British who invaded South Africa and robbed the Afrikaner of their gold.
    Germany did not want WWI nor WWII. Both wars were forced onto them. Trade wars.
    There is a stack of material on this subject.
    After the British robbed South Africa, SA then sided with Britain in WWII. Figure that?
    Germany rose up against Bolshevik Russia.
    America helps Bolshevik Russia beat Germany.
    Gen. George Patton said we have fought the wrong enemy, lets keep going and conquer Russia.
    Patton was murdered.
    The bankers ran everything.

  4. Another excellent article , thank you. It makes you think will there ever be any excellent black leaders. ? Maybe the thugs have prevented the good ones from showing.? At the rate they going all the African countries will never achieve anything , they will have nothing left after selling the country to the Chinese and Russians.

  5. Another “factual, to the point” article Hanness.
    Your comments echo what has been mulling around inside my “white priveledged” head for a while now, I too what flummoxed by that comment of Literate Lion, I presume he omitted the prefix IL intentionally in an attempt to make him sound a little more clever than a 30%er.
    My head is still spinning in order to find these technological things that were here before the “priveledged whites” arrived.
    “We had plenty technology here that was eroded/annihilated by colonialism.” really? So these evil colonists arrived in darkest Africa, found an abundance of this wonderful new technology & then destroyed it?
    I wonder why there is no archeologiclal evidence of this technology, perhaps because il-Literate Lion is a fictional story teller.

    I am also at a loss as to why black “leaders” in this country can bandy around the term “White priveledge” with gay abandon yet when a white person, the courageous Helen Zille used the term “Black priveledge” in reply to il-Literate Lions’ post she is attacked by all & sundry & tagged with that boring old tag of being a racist.
    How do we, as a country move forward to celebrate what could & should be a wonderfully prosperous nation living together in harmony when it appears as though a minority of black populists are continuously driving a wedge of hatred & mistrust between the people’s of this country.

  6. Never a truer word spoken – the problem is that they will never forgive us for being more efficient than most of them.
    Our very existence rubs this in their noses every day, so their only answer is to try to eliminate us, even though most of us would gladly help them (and do) when they will allow us to with a little gratitude!
    Of course, I am not saying who “they” or “we” are because “them and us” is too complex for anyone to understand.
    However, if the cap fits ……..

  7. Yeah … highly technological:
    What kind of life did the African live in his native land, before he was brought to America and introduced to Western civilization? That slavery was widely practiced in Africa before the coming of the white man is beyond dispute. But what sort of indigenous civilization did the African enjoy?
    In A Slaver’s Log Book, which chronicles the author’s experiences in Africa during the 1820s and 1830s, Captain Theophilus Conneau (or Canot) describes a tribal victory celebration in a town he visited after an attack by a neighboring tribe:
    On invading the town, some of the warriors had found in the Chief’s house several jars of rum, and now the bottle went round with astonishing rapidity. The ferocious and savage dance was then suggested. The war bells and horns had sounded the arrival of the female warriors, who on the storming of a town generally make their entry in time to participate in the division of the human flesh; and as the dead and wounded were ready for the knife, in they came like furies and in the obscene perfect state of nakedness, performed the victorious dance which for its cruelties and barbarities has no parallel.
    Some twenty-five in number made their appearance with their faces and naked bodies besmeared with chalk and red paint. Each one bore a trophy of their cannibal nature. The matron or leader … bore an infant babe newly torn from its mother’s womb and which she tossed high in the air, receiving it on the point of her knife. Other Medeas followed, all bearing some mutilated member of the human frame.
    Rum, powder, and blood, a mixture drunk with avidity by these Bacchantes, had rendered them drunk, and the brutal dance had intoxicated them to madness. Each was armed also with some tormenting instrument, and not content with the butchering outside of the town of the fugitive women, they now surrounded the pile of the wounded prisoners, long kept in suspense for the coup de grâce. A ring was formed by the two-legged tigresses, and accompanied by hideous yells and encouraging cry of the men, the round dance began. The velocity of the whirling soon broke the hideous circle, when each one fell on his victims and the massacre began. Men and women fell to dispatching the groaning wounded with the most disgusting cruelties.
    I have seen the tiger pounce on the inoffensive gazelle and in its natural propensity of love of blood, strangle its victim, satiate its thirst, and often abandon the dead animal. But not so with these female cannibals. The living and dying had to endure a tormenting and barbarous mutilation, the women showing more cannibal nature in the dissection of the dead than the stronger sex. The coup de grâce was given by the men, but in one instance the victim survived a few minutes when one of those female furies tormented the agony of the dying man by prostrating herself on his body and there acting the beast of double backs.
    The matron, commander of these anthrophagies, with her fifty years and corpulous body, led the cruelties on by her example. The unborn babe had been put aside for a bonne bouche, and now adorned with a string of men’s genital parts, she was collecting into a gourd the brains of the decapitated bodies. While the disgusting operating went on, the men carved the solid flesh from the limbs of the dead, throwing the entrails aside.
    About noon the butchering was at an end, and a general barbecuing took place. The smell of human flesh, so disgusting to civilized man, was to them the pleasing odor so peculiarly agreeable to a gastronomer …
    The barbecuing over, an anthrophagous repast took place, when the superabundant preserved flesh was packed up in plantain leaves to be sent into the Interior for the warriors’ friends. I am silent on the further cruelties that were practiced this day on the unfortunate infirm and wounded that the different scouting parties brought in during the day, supposing the reader to be sick enough at heart at the above representation.

  8. White Privilege, like christian.zionism/rapture, is a carefully engineered and designed psychological attack on White Christianity. The inventors of both are deviously evil. Those who believe these things are unquestioning idiots.
    Spreaders of the “White privilege” MYTH are mentally ill. They have Low Self Esteem, and Negative Self Worth, and need Mental Counseling. Those who promote this hate-message are Passive Aggressive cancers attempting to kill off the Healthy Life around them.

    “white privilege” is CHILD ABUSE ….. it is is a deliberate RACIST attack on the self image of White children.
    “white privilege” is pure Racist Bullying …… tearing down others rather than lifting yourself up.
    “SJW” spreading the White privilege” MYTH are bullies and mind rapists who use their position of “authority” to create Low Self Esteem, and Negative Self Worth in the minds of those entrusted to their care. They are deliberately damaging your children. These SJW’s are the “kin” of priests and athletic coaches who use their positions of “authority” to sexually assault their wards and SJWs also belong in prison. Those who promote this HATE-message are Passive Aggressive cancers attacking the Healthy Life cells around them. Any professor spouting this “mind rape” should be hung off their Ivory Tower.

  9. One of your best commentaries to date Hannes. Thank you for putting into words what I feel strongly about.

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