Wednesday, November 26, 2008


This was a reply to an article, in the Mercury (a local Durban newspaper),
where the previously disadvantaged stated that it's not too late
for the previously advantaged (including whites, Indians and Coloureds)
to apologize for apartheid. Check out the reply.

'To the Previously Disadvantaged

We are sorry that our ancestors were intelligent, advanced and
daring enough to explore the wild oceans to discover new countries and
develop them.

We are sorry that those who came before us took you out of the
bush and taught you that there was more to life than beating drums,
killing each other and chasing animals with sticks and stones.

We are sorry that they planned, funded and developed roads,
towns, mines, factories, airports and harbours, all of which you now
claim to be your long deprived inheritance giving you every right to
change and rename these at your discretion.

We are sorry that our parents taught us the value of small but
strong families, to not breed like rabbits and end up as underfed,
diseased, illiterate shack dwellers living in poverty.

We are sorry that when the evil apartheid government provided
you with schools, you decided they'd look better without windows or in
piles of ashes.

We happily gave up those bad days of getting spanked in our all
white schools for doing something wrong and much prefer these days of
freedom where problems can be resolved with knives and guns.

We are sorry that it is hard to shake off the bitterness of the
past when you keep on raping, torturing and killing our friends and
family members, and then hide behind the fence of 'human rights' with
smiles on your faces.

We are sorry that we do not trust the government. We have no
reason to be so suspicious because none of these poor hard working
intellectuals have ever been involved in any form of corruption or 'irregularities'.

We are sorry that we do not trust the police force and, even
though they have openly admitted that they have lost the war against crime
and criminals, we should not be negative and just ignore their
corruption and carry on hoping for the best.

We are sorry that it is more important to you to have players of
colour in our national teams than winning games and promoting
patriotism. We know that sponsorship doesn't depend on a team's success.

We are sorry that our border posts have been flung open and now
left you competing for jobs against illegal immigrants from our beautiful
neighbouring countries. All of them countries that have grown
into economic powerhouses after kicking out the 'settlers'.

We are sorry that we don't believe in witchcraft, beetroot and
garlic cures, urinating on street corners, virginity testing,
slaughtering of bulls in our back yards, trading women for cattle and other
barbaric practices.

Maybe we just grew up differently.

We are sorry that your medical care, water supplies, roads,
railways and electricity supplies are going down the toilet because skilled
people who could have planned for and resolved these issues had to be
thrown away because they were of the wrong ethnic background and now
have to work in foreign countries where their skills are more needed.

We are so sorry that we'd like this country to fulfill its
potential so we can once again be proud South Africans.

The Previously Advantaged'

Ps. In the old regime...we had lights and water


Blogger cyclops said...

Surely I should have seen the financial disaster coming. All the signs were there, or were they?

December 23, 2008 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With a few changes here and there, that very same letter could apply to the cities of Detroit, Gary Indiana, or Baltimore Maryland.

December 27, 2008 at 3:54 AM  

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