Belonging, Inclusion


October 15, 2019 by petrujviljoen


File Source: Eye Witness News

I’m a child of the soil and so is my language. Afrikaans. Derived from Dutch. The first settlers. Violent oppressors. Colonising the land, the people, their children, their livestock, their religion, their knowledge. I now hear them bleating about being marginalised. Their (my) language isn’t to be used to teach at one particular tertiary education centre. Stellenbosch, a stronghold of the (rich, cliqued) Afrikaner. The Soweto riots of 1976 so easily forgotten! They shot the children the fucks! Now putting themselves forward as victims! Bloody unbelievable their clinging to their illusions of superiority. They don’t know they can’t presume to belong if they don’t grow along with the land.

they remain
– blunted


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28 thoughts on “Belonging, Inclusion

  1. My peeps were among the first white Anglo-Saxon protestant (WASP) “settlers” on the east coast USA, as farmers and refugees, but invaders and possibly slavers as well. We can’t fix the past, but we can understand the anger from it and act appropriately today.

  2. I had not heard this, but as soon as an inch of privilege is taken away it’s not the same as miles of oppression

  3. rothpoetry says:

    Superiority is the greatest enabler to prejudice! South Africa is a sad example of that for sure!

  4. rivrvlogr says:

    This desire of one culture to keep another under its boot (even to the point of extermination) – how do we prevent it when it continues to occur, from one society to another, even to this day? Just as bad are world leaders with the ability to hinder, even prevent, such occurrences who do nothing about it. A perfect example is our president, who shrugs his shoulders as Kurds, allies in the fight against ISIS, are hunted down by Turkish forces entering Syria, following the withdrawal of US forces.

  5. What a hate-ridden land is yours. The Brits who put the Boers in concentration camps, the bloody aftermath, the hatreds and vindictiveness vented on the African population, and then Rhodesia gets Mugabe. Everything that human hands touch turns to dross.

    • You’re right. Rhodesia of course is now Zimbabwe. Mugabe finally died thank heavens. At least there’s that. Our own current regime is mired in the corruption the previous president sullied us with.

      • Yes, I should have said Rhodesia and Ian Smith were swapped for Zimbabwe and Mugabe. Just because Mugabe was a freedom fighter doesn’t excuse what he turned into.
        I never understood why Mandela chose Mbeki. It seemed as though he was a poor choice right from the start, but I maybe remember it wrongly.

        • Mandela didn’t choose Mbeki. The ANC did. Mandela preferred Cyril Ramaphosa to follow him. It’s beginning to look CR has his work cut out for him. The ANC is split right down the middle and the juggling act CR has to do is just barely keeping us from a war I think.

        • Oh, I thought he was Mandela’s protegé. Seems like the ANC had a lot of internal problems, not immune from the same corruption-type goings on of all political parties everywhere.

        • Mbeki wasn’t so great – his HIV/Aids stance had one cringing with embarrassment but Zuma took us to the lowest levels. One literally felt like having a bath to wash off the dirt he has us still drowning in. Ramaphosa is in a very very tight spot and I still have some hope he can pull us out.

        • I’d forgotten there was Zuma. Yup, Ramaphosa has his work cut out.

        • You know more about my country than I do about yours! Thanks for the balanced commentary though.

        • French politics is a minority interest 🙂

  6. Suzanne says:

    I see the same narrow minded predujice over here too. Aboriginal people and their culture are still marginalized. The far right is dominating politics everywhere.

  7. lifelessons says:

    I guess anyone overcome can see themself as a victim, no matter how revolting their acts have been.. If he had lived, no doubt Hitler would have. Surely Donald Trump does.

  8. Nan Mykel says:

    I’m reblogging. Gutsy! — Oh, I can’t see how…

  9. memadtwo says:

    All over the world, unfortunately…(K)

  10. Sometimes a harsh truth needs a brutally honest delivery. Your prophetic story exemplifies this. A searing, raw and heartrending haibun!

  11. Heavy duty, a poetic punch to the plexus; just wow.

  12. Frank Hubeny says:

    It is dangerous for groups to lack empathy so much they become inhumane. Best wishes on handling the issues you have to face.

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