At the start of this fateful year of 2010, with a lot of foreign soccer fans about to get their first taste of South African crime, violence and mayhem, politics is moving at a breath-taking pace. Only two weeks ago 73% of Beeld’s online readers exppressed themselves in favour of a volkstaat, a hitherto politically incorrect idea.
Since then, the debate has been raging about where, with some (like me) saying we should have a third of the country, incorporating Pretoria, the Eastern Transvaal, Eastern Free State and the Southern Cape area which is, of course, almost 100% white and Afrikaans. Others say that we should claim a kind of Palestine in and around Pretoria where we are in the majority. Then there is the Orania faction, maintaining that we should build a New Jerusalem on the banks of the Orange in the Northern Cape.
All of this is exciting and for the first time since 1994 I am getting the impression that we are heading somewhere. At least we are becoming realistic about our future prospects which, within an increasingly anti-white, failing or failed state anachronistically self-identifying as “South Africa”, have become an either/or choice: either emigrate or seek your own state/territory within the boundaries of a disintegrating South Africa overrun with illegal immigrants from the rest of Africa.
Anton Barnard has just raised a very relevant issue on his blog, SAmizdat: What about English-speaking whites? Would they be welcome in a future Afrikaner volkstaat, wherever it might be? His conclusion:
“I would personally also say there is a case to be made for extending a once-off offer of asylum or refugee status to ESWs who suffer from racist persecution and crime at the hands of the ANC regime. Afrikaners could certainly not stand idly by if, God forbid, South Africa threatens to become another Rwanda and our ESW brothers are about to suffer a genocide. This should, however, be subject to the understanding that any Afrikaner self-determination or independent state would be of an Afrikaner nature in terms of language and culture, and that refugees would be expected to assimilate and adopt the Afrikaner culture.
The above will admittedly not appeal to all ESWs, but then they are free to savour the many delights Africa and the so-called Rainbow Nation have in store for those of an unfashionable shade of pigmentation.”
I probably have more English blood than Afrikaans in my veins, both on the maternal and paternal side. My mother, although Afrikaans-speaking, grew up in the East of Johannesburg, went to Jeppe High School and she always had a slight hesitation about some of the intricacies of Afrikaans grammar.
Barnard raises the issue of Steve Hofmeyr’s children with his English wife, Natasha Sutherland. Hofmeyr in his own way is something of a language nationalist. It would be rather absurd to deny his children citizenship of a future Afrikaner state.
Another example that springs to mind, is that of an elderly British-born woman I met at the Oudtshoorn Afrikaans festival a few years ago. She had emigrated to South Africa in the fifties and duly learnt her first Afrikaans as part of an induction programme on the ship on the way here. She spoke fluent Afrikaans and was proud of her new language and identity, although some part of her would always remain English.
I strongly feel that bilingualism had severely weakened white South Africa in the past. Even though English-speaking whites by and large shared a common “South African” patriotism, the intellectual and business elite was more loyal towards Britain and the outside forces that were intent on destroying White South Africa and putting the exiled ANC in power. Although a small minority in the old South Africa, some radical or even communist journalists, as well as academics at Rhodes, Natal, Wits and UCT, sided with foreigners in wishing to see their own kind subjugated and ultimately assimilated or hounded out of South Africa in a remake of the recent Zimabwe. Many of these radical or ultra-liberal whites still exist and their one distinguishing characteristic is their English culture and admiration for Anglo-American political correctness and the anti-white ideology associated with “diversity”. Interestingly, those Afrikaners converting to political correctness, such as Max du Preez, Christi van der Westhuizen or Carel Niehaus, to name but a few, almost immediately ditch Afrikaans in favour of English as being the more appropriate vehicle for their new-found faith, a bit like all Muslims have to learn Arabic.
If a future white African state or territory is to survive against the many odds it will face, I cannot see how bilingualism or a divided loyalty between the local republic and the wider Anglo-American empire with its increasing obsession with multiculturalism, diversity, affirmative action and anti-white racial ideologies would favour our long-term survival.
As a result of our intermarriage with English-speaking whites, there has been a certain white “melting pot” which has continued unto the present day. Many English-speakers, especially those living among Afrikaners, have become bilingual and more or less integrated into the Afrikaner way of life, including boerewors, rugby and Afrikaans popular music.
Any nation state – and volkstaat is really just an Afrikaans word for a nation state – needs a high culture, a symbology, a literature, a history, a national consciousness and preferably, a national language, to define itself.
To participate in the Afrikaans tradition, which includes the potential to liberate ourselves from the current anti-white oppression, is a privilege, as our many great authors from the past have discovered time and again. People like Leipoldt who was equally fluent in English or our greatest poet, NP van Wyk Louw, who had attended a posh English private school in the Cape.
I say, let all white Africans who have truly made their home in this part of the world, embrace Afrikaans and Afrikaans institutions! Waging the current struggle against our imminent demise at the hands of the Afrocentric, racist maniacs who rule us, it wil sustain, strengthen and unify us.
Going forward, the autonomous Afrikaans language and culture will be our mainstay. After liberation, when the exiled whites return from Australia, Canada and elsewhere, their anglicised children will have to relearn their own language, just like the Jews reacquired a dead language, Hebrew, in Israel.
Like JBM Hertzog also maintained, at heart we are all Afrikaners. We just have to teach proper Afrikaans to our children in future when our Afrikaans-only schools will rival those of Finland, the best in the world.