03 February 2016
ANC's racist witch hunts is all about emotions
By Mike Smith
3rd of February 2016
There appeared a very good article by Sydney Kaye on Politicsweb the other dayThe ANC’s old racist trick
Basically he said that the party uses the word for its emotional resonance, while making it mean whatever it wants it to mean.
Of course Kaye is right. To date I have never heard a satisfactory single definition of what a “racist” is or what the word means. Everyone seems to make up their own definition as it suits them. Especially the ANC.
The word is used purely for its EMOTIONAL response and when emotions take over rationality goes out the porthole. It is like the Salem witch hunts.
In Germany calling someone a “Nazi” causes extreme emotional distress. Don’t even think about calling a German person a “Nazi”. In fact the left-wing in the Bundestag calls everything to the right “Rechtsextrimisten” (Rightwing Extremists) to keep them in their place.
Likewise, as Kaye mentions, never tell Israelis that they are driving an Apartheid agenda against Palestinians or that they are guilty of a holocaust, because these are very strong and emotional words.
In South Africa, being found guilty of “Racism” by the mob (not a court of law) causes such strong emotions that it can see your career finished and you deserving the death penalty.
As Kaye says, “Similarly the ANC calls any political opponent or critic a "racist", because that word resonates in SA. Its use alone has the desired effect, which is not to debate but to delegitimise and demonise.”
But Kaye mentions a “new game in town”, where the liberal useful idiots in the media play along with the ANC and jumped on the “racist” bandwagon, like Liz Cowan I mentioned the other day whose definition of a racist is: "any person who is white".
Further… What is also clear is that the DA, other opposition parties, large corporations (Standard Bank and M-Net for instance) and the authorities are being led by the nose and reacting to the agenda set by the ANC, instead of confronting its irrationality when appropriate. Just because the ANC says that Chris Hart or Gareth Cliff's comments were racist doesn't mean they necessarily are, and shouldn’t mean those corporations are obliged to do acrobats to accommodate ANC opportunism.
That of course makes things much easier for the ANC, because any comment from a white person, deemed unacceptable, is automatically classified as racist by virtue of the colour of that person's skin, without having to waste time substantiating the accusation.
At the same time any comment (even clearly racist or blatantly hate-speech) made by a black person would automatically not be racist. That is because premises one: "white persons are racist" and premise two: "black persons are not white persons" lead to the conclusion: "black persons are not racist".
Kaye also mentioned the 20 000 mainly black opponents of the ANC who marched in Johannesburg. Presumably they cannot be racist for the reason set out above so perhaps "sell out" , another word with dreadful connotations, will have to do.
Yes…we all know what the ANC did to their “sell-outs”…Burned them to death with tires around their necks.
The rule of law becomes suspended once the word “racist” (or sell-out) is uttered.