An Afrikaner Reader Points Out That Some Refugees Are Genuine

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04/15/07 – A Canadian Reader
Warns Against Romanticizing Immigration


A Canadian Reader Warns Against
Romanticizing Immigration

From: An Afrikaner Reader (With Relatives In The

New South Africa

I`m a white South African from that tribe known as

Afrikaner or Boer
, living in voluntary exile. I
would like to object to James Schipper`s letter stating
that all immigrants are economic immigrants. Many white
South Africans (1 million out of originally 5.5 million
= 18%)

left South Africa
due to

excessive violence and affirmative action
. We are
literally being forced out of the country, and the
African National Congress governing party has publicly
declared that whites are no longer welcome there. Many
others would also like to leave but are trapped with a
useless passport and perhaps too little education or
money. Some have decided to try and stick it out in the
vain hope that the tide may turn. Western countries love
to invite non-white immigrants but generally refuse to
take the South African whites, who are leftovers of
their colonial past.

It`s obvious that apartheid wasn`t a viable
long-term solution, but installing a former terrorist
organization and expecting diligent governance was
really naïve. Especially when the US State Department

that Zimbabwe, that former role model, was
already on its way down. There were many other viable
political solutions which would have guaranteed a
relatively safe existence for the white minority without
infringement of black rights, but all of these were
systematically brushed off the table by the
“international community”
(US State Dept, EU, UN,
NGO`s, corporate businesses, and of course the black
caucus in the US). It had to be the ANC.

The result is that a very sizable section of the
productive population of South Africa has voluntarily
emigrated even though they loved South Africa. And it`s
mostly not because they abhor black faces, since the
real level of interaction between blacks and whites in
South Africa was always higher than that of the US, due
to the demographics of that country. The lack of a
political future, violent crime, disintegration of the
infrastructure and services, cultural discrimination and
workplace discrimination are taking their toll.

But somehow no serious western journalist has
pondered this situation. The usual read is about the
horrors of apartheid or more fawning over

So there are possibly 1 million involuntary
immigrants to subtract from the number described in Mr.
Schipper`s letter.

Otherwise, congratulations on
, one of the few internet sites I enjoy

Oddly enough, when George Washington


"I had always hoped that this land
might become a

safe and agreeable asylum

to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to
whatever nation they might belong”
he was talking about Dutchmen—ancestors of the
Afrikaners. But

try telling Jack Kemp that.