In the Guardian, David Smith is full of foreboding about Eugene Terre’Blanche, a “notorious white supremacist” who wants to – hold your breath, the horror – create a breakaway Afrikaner republic. As the leader of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, Terre’Blanche gained some notoriety in the 1990’s by opposing the end of apartheid. In 2001, he was spirited away to prison on the charge of attempted murder, but for some strange (and unexplained) reason was released a mere three years later. Now he is back on the streets “fomenting hate” with the rest of us.
For full visual effect, the Guardian has Terre’Blanche standing in front of the Boer swastika, which has been designated a “hate symbol” by the ADL. It was undoubtedly included to trigger the desired Pavlovian response: this man is a Nazi, the epitome of evil, dismiss everything he has to say. A similar picture of Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo standing in front of the USSR’s hammer and sickle would have been given an entirely different treatment.
It would have been explained away as “resistance to oppression,” “solidarity with the working masses,” or some crap along those lines. The terrorist Nelson Mandela has his own statue in Parliament Square. He is one of the most revered figures in multicultural Britain. I shouldn’t have to explain the double standard: by definition, as oppressors of “people of color,” White Calvinists cannot be freedom fighters or a beleaguered minority worthy of our sympathy.
Terre’Blanche’s proposal really sticks it in the liberal craw: he has disavowed the use of violence, plans to petition the United Nations, and wants to organize a referendum on secession. In some ways, this is not unlike what the NAACP was doing in the 1940’s.
Unfortunately, Terre’Blanche and the plight of the Afrikaners will continue to fall on deaf ears in the liberal West. No amount of rape, murder, theft and discrimination can make up for the crime of being born White in a non-White country.