Trump Defends the Boers

Trump Defends the Boers, by Srdja Trifkovic.

President Donald Trump announced late on Wednesday that he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study South African land and farm seizures and killing of farm owners, by implication of white race. The African National Congress (ANC)-controlled government in Pretoria accused the President of stoking racial divisions in the country, while his haters at home attacked him for supposedly adopting a White Nationalist talking point. …

Trump’s “hate narrative,” as it happens, is based on horrid facts. Over ten percent of all Afrikaner commercial farmers have been murdered since 1994, which makes them more vulnerable than active-duty personnel of the U.S. Special Forces in Iraq or Afghanistan. Between 1994 and March 2012, there had been an estimated 1,336 murders of whites on South African farms. This is by far the highest homicide rate for any distinct racial/socioeconomic group in South Africa, and one of the highest for a statistically comparable group anywhere in the world. …

Not just the farmers, the entire Afrikaner nation is literally disappearing. From close to four million two decades ago, its numbers have fallen to under three million today. Emigration is fueled by soaring crime rates, by ethno-racial rural cleansing, and by legally mandated antiwhite economic and employment policies enacted and pursued by the ANC government. A program known as Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has left hundreds of thousands of skilled whites unemployed and destitute, while giving jobs to incompetent blacks and causing incalculable losses to the country’s economy. …

Unlike most of his English-speaking neighbors, the Afrikaner has no reserve motherland across the sea. He has lost South Africa and has the choice of being destroyed by her vast heterogeneity or emigrating to Australia or Canada or New Zealand. …

South African problems cannot be solved by applying the principles of homogeneous European countries, Foreign Affairs further argued: “The Afrikaner Nationalists are often accused of the heresies of the Herrenvolk. To them, however, this is a superficial view. They believe that nationalism is a healthy instinct, intended by God to give expression to human purpose. They frankly refuse to accept the principles of liberalism as the final basis for the ordering of society.”

For that very reason, the Afrikaners became the Western elite class’s most-hated nation between the early 1960’s and 1994. The problem was not how they treated blacks, but who they were.

The Afrikaner culture and identity are surprisingly similar to those of the American nation as it developed in the 19th century. Both had broken their political and emotional cords with Europe and developed a new identity, with a name to match. Both were religious and saw their tribulations in clearly Christian terms. Both wanted to be left alone, and were deeply antipathetic to any participation in Europe’s disputes. There was a difference: By the end of the 18th century the Americans were free to develop and expand as they deemed fit. The Afrikaners were never able to do likewise. To be left alone by the British, they trekked into the wilderness of the Free State and Transvaal. They fought Basutu warriors and Zulu impis, and in the end were forced to fight two wars against the biggest empire in history. …

Had the Afrikaner nation been 20 or 30 million strong, the system could have been more viable in principle and less unjust in its application. It could have resulted in the creation of a “Volkstaat,” a new Boer republic capable, like today’s Israel (also since 1948) of independent existence in a hostile environment. The Afrikaners attempted the impossible, however: They tried to keep 87 percent of the land and resources for European-descended people who accounted for one fifth of the population half a century ago, and to place quotas on European immigration lest the Afrikaner majority within the white community be jeopardized. …

By the late 1970’s Western elites had ceased to believe that nationalism is a healthy instinct and that God exists (let alone that He gives any expression to human purpose). White South Africa’s refusal to accept the principles of liberalism became grounds for relentless hostility to it on both sides of the Atlantic. …

The subsequent ruin of the Afrikaner nation could be predicted with mathematical precision. It has been aided and abetted by the morally and culturally degenerate Western elite class. What the members of that class have done to Africa’s only white tribe, they are doing no less earnestly to the countries and nations they rule or dominate.

Africa for Africans but white countries for everybody, says the left.