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by Samora Chapman, image by Jason Bronkhorst / 18.05.2010

Kaffir. The most powerful and emotionally charged word in this country. I can hardly write it down or say it without a shiver. But it still comes out of peoples mouths, like a little spider, a small devilish vampire-bat crawling out of a dark cave and dragging behind it a thousand fiery images.

Last weekend I came face to face with a thief in the night. My girlfriend and I were house-sitting. I was dead to this world. But she lay awake with a bad feeling. At about 1am she heard footsteps outside the window. A stranger in our midst. Instant terror, fear, prickly skin. I jumped out of bed and crept through the house like a ghost, dead quiet and breathless. And then I froze as my eyes fell on the intruder. He crouched in the dark outside the window. I wanted to scream out, but I couldn’t break the silence. I was captured by the moment. I just stared at the small fellow. He could be a killer. Or just a petty thief, I’ll never know. Suddenly he turned his head and our eyes locked. We stared at one another for what seemed an eternity, like strangers become lovers. I tore myself away in panic and ran through the house like a madman. Back to my girl. Barricade the room! I grabbed a candlestick holder like a mighty Excalibur and posed in the fight position, ready for battle. Bring it on my nemesis! I shall fight you to the death!

We sounded the alarm and waited in the dark, hearts pumping like fearful, quivering Whites held captive in the prisons of our mind. The small thief was probably running like hell, scarred for life by visions of a naked six foot two ghost with eyes like the devil.

Eventually, a semi retarded security guard arrived at the scene and stumbled through the garden like a blind dog in search of the vicious intruder.
“Sometimes they hide in the trees,” he told me.
He pointed his pistol up at the imaginary enemy in a nearby tree.
“I’m dying for a reason to use this.”
His pistol shone like a righteous instrument of justice. The judges hammer in the hands of a complete imbecile.
“Ooh ya, I’ll shoot those kaffirs out the tree.”

Kaffir. I have a white skinned body attached to my soul. Do I have the right to confront the most feared, hated and powerful word in our country? It is not my intention to go into all the historical connotations of the word. But I am a part of this society, this nation of ours and it is haunted by the lingering stains of Apartheid. I was born in the year 1984. Apartheid was gradually meeting its demise. One of my earliest memories of politics was the image of Mandela and De Klerk shaking hands on the front of a newspaper. It was the 11th of February 1990, the day Madiba was released from prison, the beginning of a new era. Finally, the shackles of white supremacy were being loosened and the NEW South Africa was soon born. A place where you would no longer be defined by the colour of your skin, where justice, tolerance and freedom of speech would at last be returned to the people. The first free and fair election was held in 1994 and here we are, 16 years later. But the K word lives on. And every time it is spoken it drags us back to reality. Racism is still rife.

By definition, the word Kaffir means “non-believer”. But it has gained the weight of generations of violence, hatred and oppression and its power to strip an individual of their humanity lives on as does our remembrance of that era. I am quite often called “umlumgu” by African people, which basically means Whitey. And there are a host of other racial slurs alive within society, but none seem to have the power of hatred associated with the word Kaffir.

One argument is that the power of the word is stemmed from the fact that we are unable to confront it. The more it is feared and hated, the bigger people’s reaction to it, the more powerful it becomes. An Indian friend of mine uses the racial slur “Churro” with absolute disregard of its historical connotations.
“Hey Joegs, do you know why churro’s dance like this?”
He dances around the room, jerking and twitching like a crump star on ecstasy.
No bru, why? I ask
“Because they got so many knives hidden in their pockets, when they dance they get poked by their own goneys!”
What my friend is doing is stripping the word of its power. But that is his right, his way of dealing with it.

Today we are surrounded by distinctive forms of racism, some blatant and some more subtle. There are the hardcore, old-school straight up racists who genuinely hate and fear blacks, coloureds, mlungus, jews or whoever it may be. These types of people normally hate anything different to themselves and anything they do not understand. Women (or men), homosexuals and animals are often at the receiving end of this kind of blind ignorance.

The second generation racist is the one who was brought up in a racist environment and has appropriated the way of thinking and speaking from their parents. It is through a lack of personal integrity that they have failed to make up their own minds about the value of human beings. I often find this type of person will use a racial slur in a nonchalant way, without true conviction or really realising what they are saying. For instance I know white kids who have black friends, listen to black music and even have black heroes but are too stupid to rethink their own ideologies.

And then, perhaps the worst type of racists are the ones who claim not to be racist and are obviously in complete denial about who they are and have no sense of their own identity. These types of people often start their sentences off with “I’m not a racist but…”

I was waiting for a shower at the beach the other day whilst a family on vacation from Cato Manor made use of the excellent open air ablution facilities; brushing their teeth, lathering themselves with fragrant sunilght green soap and giving their genitals a healthy scrub. The old mama held her naked child upside down under the tap while it wailed in protest. Her boobs sagged out of her stained vest and her enormous incredible bum shook and twinkled in the afternoon sun. The ndoda washed his gigantic family jewels with a proud toothy grin. A bather in a banana hammock turns to me and says:
“You know, I’m not a racists or anything, but don’t you reckon the blacks should get their own showers at the beach?’ I mean not to be racist or anything but they’re just different to us.”

The beach-front epitomises the wonders of our multi-cultural city. While the poor bathe semi naked under the tap, the yuppies cheer from their bar stools at Joe Cools as Bakkies Botha donners a kiwi. While the surfers walk on water like Jesus and the beauties gleam on the golden sand, the Muslim women sit at My Diner and diligently lift their burqa’s to insert a mouthful of delicious traditional curry. If people can’t appreciate the diversity of cultures in our country they should either leave or keep their racial slurs to themselves. So this goes out to all those who look over their shoulders and whisper “the blacks” or “the whites”. Or bitch in the surf when the beachfront mosque calls for evening prayer. Fuck off to Australia where they carved ash trays out of Aboriginals craniums and the indigenous people are a tiny minority because they were all burned. And there’s no crime there either so good riddance.

Image © and courtesy Jason Bronkhorst. Check out more of his work here.

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  1. backatcha says:

    Many white racists use the k-word in casual conversation with other (mainly male) whites as a subtle way of trying to build a sense of brotherhood around race. It’s almost a kind of white-trash acid test, a bold opening gambit to ascertain whether you are one of them and a gateway towards further discussion that includes guns, rugby, hunting, home improvement an other forms of less cerebral Eurocentric pleasure as a form of social bonding.

    Unfortunately many of us on the receiving end of such bold fishing expeditions don’t have the guts to put these people in their place. I have been guilty of this on a few occasions, choosing to tolerate the self-righteous banter of these oafs rather than simply responding “that is a word that I choose not to use” and leaving it there. Perhaps if more whites who know better were braver on such occasions, then fewer honky racists would feel the need to pepper their conversation with such ugliness.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Finally, an article or here worth reading.
    I enjoyed that, and for a change, agree with pretty much everything you said.
    Big ups!

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  3. Jess M says:

    Awesome piece, really thought through and interesting.

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  4. sleaze says:

    Just curious, was the guy hiding in the tree?

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  5. judy says:

    ‘the viscous intruder’…what, he was covered in BP oil? Otherwise, good piece feller.

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  6. backatcha says:

    ‘feller’… what, did he cut down the tree that the viscous one was hiding in?

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  7. heino says:

    thought provoking, well written piece. good job.

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  8. roya says:

    Thanks Samora, awesome piece.
    Relevent, blunt, descriptive and a truthful reflection of eThekwini

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  9. tebz says:

    Dude you are seriously talented wow I’m extremely impressed well done on a fantastic article

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  10. random says:

    as usual Samora, you impress.

    You don’t just dismantle stupid misconceptions, you decimate them.

    WORD!

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  11. jude says:

    aweh joegs!
    respect!

    @backatcha – touche!
    Tough guys (and girls) don’t seem to realise that their tough facade only proves how weak minded they are..
    but it’s not just ‘whites’ who need to be a little braver…
    we all need to know that we are not only responsible for our words and deeds, but our thoughts and ideas which can manifest themselves in so many negative ways, and only adds to self doubt and fear…

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  12. Bulalani abatagati says:

    Whilst I do not verbalize the K-word, living in RSA, it has been burnt into my brain and I would be lying if I said that it did not float around my head when exposed to some inexplicable undertaking by a melanin blessed brother or sister. It is an (or for Mahala…another) unfortunate by-product of my heritage. In the interest of reconciliation, I am making a conscience effort to remove this word from my silent vocabulary and replace it with the likes of, vilapha, isidingidwane; isidomu; isiduphunga; isilima; isiphukuphuku; isithuthu, imvu (apparently the majority of voters), imvubu (for when I’m at the beach), isela, umthakathi, ubolo, umthondo, isibunu, ikhekhe, ididi, isilwane etc
    Another thing…
    When referring to a fellow South African would it be PC to use the word “native”?(after all, anyone with a genuine green South African ID is native to this land…so the phrase…”these damn natives are running the country into the ground”…we are, no?…should not offend)
    Or how about using the phrase -“indigenous folk” (which would also apply to all born to South African soil…”why do a majority of the indigenous folk continue to vote for an obviously corrupt and ineffective government?”)

    And questions inspired by the below:

    “And then, perhaps the worst type of racists are the ones who claim not to be racist and are obviously in complete denial about who they are and have no sense of their own identity. These types of people often start their sentences off with “I’m not a racist but…”

    Are you a racist if you have racial pride? (black pride, white pride whatever) Are you a racist if you don’t have friends of differing hues? Are you a racist if you don’t like tripe? Are you a racist if you think Christiaan De Wet, Jan Smuts and Deneys Reitz were awesome? Are you racist if you think the vuvuzela is noisy? If you repsect another culture, but just don’t like it, does this make you a racist?

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  13. jude says:

    i’m curious…
    what exactly is “racial pride”?
    i can understand cultural pride because culture can transend racial boundaries..

    but what is there to be proud of?

    all it is, is that you have more/less pigment….

    so i don’t get it…

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  14. judith says:

    Lekker.Interesting that you write the word in its original spelling and not the more local version: Kaffer.

    You tell those who dont want to appreciate our rainbow nation to “Fuck off to Australia”. It seems like a cowardly approach. If you are in a position to appreciate our diversity,you should facilitate the transition, enlighten those who do not yet understand, not curse the fear you see in others. You know that same fear within yourself, it was your introduction to the article. Expressing that kind of idiotic prejudice is no different to calling a black man Kaffer.

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  15. Uncle Luckmin says:

    Nice my brother! Good work!

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  16. @judith says:

    Well said, nice one!

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  17. Anonymous says:

    I once slept with a black girl, but i never called her… Am i a racist?

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  18. Sara says:

    Stunning graphic

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  19. walkie says:

    this country was also inhabited by aboriginals …..aboriginaly-same as australia-the san and koi where also decimated by disease and murder -and pushed into desert and mountain area by both black and white .

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  20. Ray says:

    Koos Kombuis’ “Ek is wit, en jy is swart maar ons is almal kaffirs in ons hart” really hits home for me when it comes to this sort of thing. He’s a white guy who’s actively faught against racial discrimination and is not scared to use the word, thereby destroying the power of it while bringing the message right back to – We are all the same yo. Seems like Koos is trying to tell us say what you want, as long as what you’re saying isn’t meant to be demeaning.
    Nice one Joegz.

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  21. Justine says:

    Yeah, you can guarantee if someone starts a sentence with, ‘ Im not being racist, but…’ they are going to say something racist.

    Being from England, whenever I try to stand up to some boytjie throwing the Kaffir word around like a rugby ball, I ALWAYS get told ‘You dont understand, the ‘blacks’ are different here.’ So, I am completely dismissed.
    Its so important for the South African whities to stand up to their friends, although I’m sure 90% of the time it will be completely awkward and in vain.

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  22. Justine says:

    P.s Loved your article

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  23. Anonymous says:

    ndoda? mama? ok.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    love this article. totally true and it pisses me off that because i’m white and afrikaans people automatically assume it must be ok to use the k word around me and then call julius malema a racist. wake up people. they’re not all lazy and skelm and we’re not all stupid and awb members.

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  25. Jessica Rabbit says:

    Nicely done Joegs!

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  26. Mike says:

    Nice article man. Nice illo, Jason. One of the best I’ve seen of yours.

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  27. Bulalani abatagati says:

    @ Justine.

    ‘blacks’ are different here.’

    Generally. This statement is true. Black africans who have been in the US & Europe for some time have had the benifit of a semi-decent education and have been able to find jobs and live the dream (Though with the bleeding hearts opening the borders…look at France and Britain now…the same type of refugees SA is being smothered by…everything in moderation I guess). Whilst here (and on the rest of the continent) a vast majority of black people, through various factors of the past, have remained uneducated, illiterate, ignorant to anything outside of our little valley and hence poor. They have clung to aspects of their archaic culture (that said, the westerners have also help onto some rather dodgy rituals) that do not gel with progressive nations and are very different to those who have been able to progress in this big world by playing the game everyone out there is…

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  28. Justine says:

    Yes, I am aware of the cultural differences between a black South African person to an English black person. I have lived in both places. My point was just that it is used as an excuse to use vile racist language.

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  29. Umlungu WaseKapa says:

    Dear Bulalani Abatakati

    From your name you obviously carry the paranoia inspired by the classic Zulu betrayal and massacre of Piet Retief and his men. It is a sad tale, and I feel it acutely as my mother’s mother claims to be a descendant of old Piet, through the Smoek line, even carrying the same spelling of her name Debora as Piet Retief’s daughter. Of course, he was a rogue, tricking and stealing land from the local people, no matter what hue our white history tries to cast him in.

    Anyway, in case you are unaware, your words and attitude carry such a stench of ignorance and racism, it is as though you have a regular morning dip in the effluent from an AWB-owned industrial sewerage plant.

    You seem to have no ability to empathise, based on your stupifying comments. you seem to lack the basic awareness that white people (or lets say colonial oppressors to keep it off skin colour) have not only massacred indigenous peoples around the globe, stolen their resources, and forced their descendants into educationally-starved manual/migrant (read slave) labour forces and to top it off have used propaganda and faith in (mainly white) people’s idiocy to propose that black people are the evil, ignorant, or dangerous ones. Yes, they rely on your gullibility and laziness and fear.

    I have worked and lived often in the rural areas and townships and I have encountered people of such genuine warmth, love, forgiveness, humility, intelligence and wisdom. Not just occasionally, consistently! Unfortunately, the circumstances are massively against the poor currently, and its certainly not helped by people like you, up in your ivory tower of thinking, who label and judge them. It is you who make the Julius Malema’s rise in reaction.

    The majority supported the way of Mandela, it is only in desperation that people arise in anger. So why do we, the largely white influenced economy, keep the people in desperation. These are the people who as a nation forgave white people for apartheid. You probably use that as evidence of their stupidity and miss that it is evidence not only of their incredible humanity, but of their willingness to make this country work for all of us, together. Tell me, what have you done to support that vision, that dream?!

    It seems the only words from their languages you have bothered to learn are all swearwords, that the vast majority of Xhosa and Zulu people would be far too polite and respectful to utter even in private. You brandish them here like medals of i’m not sure what. Your spiritual ugliness? Your bigotry?

    But of course, you are paranoid, and obviously a bit stupid.
    I genuinely feel for you and the journey you will need to walk to wake up from such a heavy state of consciousness in which you so clearly are. It may be tough, unless you choose to really be open and go out their and find out for yourself what the people are like. This will take humility, patience, effort and courage.

    Phofu ke nina niziziphukuphuku. Abantu abamnyama baninzi mhlawumbi bonke basazi isilungu okanye isibhulu. kodwa nina abelungu anisazi isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, SeTswana Thu, njalo njalo.
    Hayi, voetsek, man!

    Nguwe uyamosha lomhlaba.
    Sharp!
    Mlungu waseKapa.

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  30. Wendile says:

    Two asians and a black chick drove all the way to Splashy Fen from Botswana as our easter weekend in Gabs would haVe been doomed. After the excitement of finally arriving, one of us said what we had all been thinking, “its really white here” observation right? Also what did we expect,, anyhoo after dancing around the fire, making the circle bigger and other such fun some random fat kid stalker called me a kaffir and reminded me how lame South Africa can be sometimes. Ok so not to let one random idoit spoil the rest of my festival I didn’t really dwell on it and the asians didn’t really understand what that meant anyway, But the word made me fell horrible. never been called a kaffir to my face… maybe that is a testament to the growth of South Africa or maybe it just shows how racist the society still is… What really pissed me off is that this random fat stalker was talking to this girl, making her feel really uncomfortable and no one would say anything. This girl is looking at us pleadingly, telling the random fat kid stalker dude to leave her alone and “fuck off” which of course he didn’t and not even her own freaking boyfriend stepped in to defend her. So what do I do,, I tell him whats what.. all very politely infact. As we drive off he pipes up “and fuck you, you stupid kaffir”… the whole car is silent.. the white people car are avoiding eye contact with me and my asian friend is going “what. what happend”. I fely like shit ,, really.. In fact I even felt silly for feeling that way.. you know its just word and who cares about that random fat fucker.. but that word does exactly what those aparthied masterminds wanted it to do,.. cut you down….

    Thanks for this article… That word has no place anymore

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  31. silverspoon says:

    i call one of my friends from khayelitsha a kaffir all the time , it started as a joke cause he always calls himself a kaffir so i kinda fell into it as it made us feel progressive- also enjoying the faces of people as they heard the word casually tossed into conversation -once i called him a stinky kaffir and he stopped me in my tracks and said if i ever said that to him again he would moer me finished- he uses the word kaffir to drive his desire to be something great in life -like the tag of the underdog-his eyes would light up when i used it-he sais alot of peole living in the gheto have a kaffir mentality from being treated like kaffirs-my beef with him was that he always counters me calling him a kaffir by calling me a boer….this upsets me -there are some nice tasty xhosa words for people like me but non have the bite of kaffir so boer is next best-soutpiel kinda pales….so there it is kaffirs and stinky boers-

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  32. Charred Remains says:

    If I say ‘chaffer’ instead of ‘kaffir’ is that still offensive? Or what if I make my own word, like “oogala-boogala”?

    Is racism really such a big deal, anyway? I mean who gives a shit? Racism is just a form of discrimination, right? But I discriminate on fat people, stupid people, emos etc. everyday and no one gives a shit. You could say, oh, but those people chose to be fat, stupid, style their hair with a ridiculous fringe. Well, not really. Agency in this world is really more limited than we think.

    So what makes race such a big issue? If I say, “Oh I think are a little more primitive, according to my definition, than I am,” I don’t obviously mean all blacks, I mean most blacks. If a black guy said to me, “I think white people look like assholes when they dance,” and by that he meant most white people, whatever. If someone else said, “All jews have big noses,” or “chinese woman are bad drivers” or anything like that, who actually cares? You see, stereotypes are offensive, but they’re more offensive because they have a basis in reality. If they were arbitrary, no one would care. Maybe stereotypes show something off about the way history has unfurled itself into the present moment.

    Oppression happens every fucking day. I get oppressed by my boss and my wife, and my sister gets oppressed by her husband, and the street vendors get oppressed by people who think they’re superior, and I oppress people I meet who I think are idiots and less intelligent than I am. There is, always has been, and always will be a hierarchy, in which someone has control and uses that control to oppress. White folks happened to pop along and oppress the shit out of half of the world. they oppressed them because they had the power to do so. We look back at that and go ‘oh that’s so nasty’ but then we turned a blind eye to the oppressive role we play in society, and the latent oppression that’s channeling the direction of our lives.

    Blacks for example, were historically oppressed. So it makes logical sense that, unfairly, because they haven’t had as many opportunities and get beat down, that they will be, statistically, less educated, more likely to steal etc. etc. That’s just a fact, it could have been the other way around, but it isn’t.

    Anyway, you think Africans were a peace-loving nation before the colonialists showed up? Are you fucking mal? This is our human nature, and oppression is part of the way we live, monkeys with straighter postures.

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  33. brandon edmonds says:

    Charred Remains: Marxism 101. Class conflict is the engine of history. What does that mean? You already told us: “someone has control and uses that control to oppress.” You also remind us that ‘blacks…were historically oppressed’. What you don’t tell us is why? You revert to mystification like the fixedness of ‘human nature’ and the tyranny of ‘fact’ and even a dose of deluded ahistorical whimsy – ‘white people happened to pop along’ – none of which explains much beyond your own limits. Try this on for size. Owners have control over labor’s access to work. Modern history is the vast record of attempts by the wage-based multitude to wrest that control back from owners. Attaching racial terms would still apply to our country (if not the world): White owners have control of black labor’s access to work. There. That gets us out of the gutter of deadly cynicism – ‘monkeys with straighter postures’ – and onto a terrain where the antagonists are clear: owners and workers. You can race those antagonists but you better have a good reason.

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  34. Bulalani abatagati says:

    Glad you got that off your chest Umlungu WaseKapa. Though. You can keep your sadly tainted pop-psych to yourself in the future. I do hope you feel better after re-inforcing & justifying your personal beliefs. God. It must be hard to believe some of that blinded-by-a-bleeding-heart-hog-wash. People need to be treated with equality, that means they need to be judged in the same light – No excuses.

    This debate will continue until the end of time. I look to the rest of the continent (hell – the world at large) & history – and you look to Utopia.

    Time will tell.

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  35. bryan little says:

    i think it was the feminist movement that first began appropriating offensive titles
    in order to undermine the power of these words. gay men call themselves and each other faggots, african americans (whatever that means) call each other nigga.

    i wonder when kaffir will ever be appropriated by the black community in this country?

    i doubt anytime soon .. ? why ?..

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  36. Lungelo says:

    ffwweeu..Thats a mouthful. I really appreciate the way you’ve handled this sensitive issue by choosing to write in an almost unbiasly and non offensive manner..Dude as a black young male living in our current generation of aba’Fwethu, Dudes and oke’s..i ve come to see many differences and mindsets which have been literally stemmed during our prenatal stages. People and Guys in general all share a mindset which is either influenced by your mates, parents, society or whatever the case may be..A mindset which consists of certain ideas whether being of success, lifestyle and general differences. Were you find the individual realizing, as much as all these invisible laws and set ideas seem to make sense, the tiny essence within him really doesnt agree.Hence why ideas are indirectly imposed on people and this will be the case until self actualization happens.

    Dude its bigger than kaffir, peki, or any other term used to dicriminate.. These ‘racial slurs’ are just ways of highlighting the many Differences we have..from lifestyle choices to general surroundings..I mean only certain people have a jol at Clapham, or Billies, and the no longer existing Tiger! people classified as white, people who are comfortable being surrounded with masses of their own race group and you cant really blame them, as much as i believe in the mixing and matching of people of all colours, this is a choice we have to accept. Familiar territory is a stagnant and seemingly happy place, but unfamiliar territory brings in something new whether one realizes or not..differences surround us, their upon us everyday but embracing them is seen as taboo, as we cant stop fucking caring about what he she ,THEY have to say, i mean guys would lose awesome girls and experiences purely to please other people or to maintain the ‘pure or ‘clean ‘image they mates have of them. its all a big fucking joke… a sad one. the sooner we realize we all just a collective mass which can either heal or destroy, the better for you, me, and for our childrens ,children..

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  37. Anonymous says:

    The writer of the main article, born in 1984, actually still a “Snotkop” mentioned about the birth of the “New South Africa” which proofed by now actually not being a “birth” but a “miscarriaged”
    and Madiba – Nelson Mandela – relaesed from prison! Prison served him well, he came out a different person, seeking for peace – but the facts, the media is not eager to inform the new generation about, the actual truth: Mandela was a terrorist, on his way with a large amount of explosives to blow away God knows who and what! The fact that he is made a hero, then I ask what about people Like Boby Sands and other IRA members, standing against the suppression of the Irish. Young man, what you must remember; A coin always have two sides – Russia, Kuba and Libia, allies of the former terrorists now governing this, allowed the world only to see the one side of the coin. A general feeling amongst a wide range of Black people is that they were better off under the Apartheids regime because in a certain way they were cared for, protected etc. And so I can continue…

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  38. Berend Isaacs says:

    Moet sê ek verstaan nie allie hogere Ingels nie, ma ek dink almal van julle het ‘n pint beet. Kom ons los nou die gabakleiary oor wie is reg en wies fakeerd. Ek stim, ons het alma die reg tot ‘n goeia bestaat en en as ‘n outjie nou met ‘n anner vel werk vir sy goeters, of jy hom nou K of meneer noem, verdiet hy mos wat hy het, ma wa my nou rerig kwaat mak is hierie outjies wa hulle skole af brant en da will hulle nou hoge jops doen om lat dit da nou infirmitiive akchen is, Nou va dag kry hulle ie werk nie en nou is it nog allie tyd apratheid se skuld. dis om da hulle ma en pa een klyntjie opie anner gehad en nie voor hull kon sorgie en gakyk het dat hulle skool gaat nie. Nou ekke is okie ‘n man van vele gelerentheid nie. Ma wa ek het het ek gewerk voor – nie gesuipie of met anner vrouens gtjollie, ma nou kom hierie tjotsie en steel my goet wavoor ek gawerk het dis nou wat jy ‘n K noem. Ma sterkt e vi all julle outjies me die poltiek en dinge, reken Hellen Sille staan goeie kaans om nog meer moeilik vir Soema en sy maters te mak cheers vir nou ons prat dalk late wee!

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  39. J Fourie says:

    I have read the article and like it. I agree, with most of the articles.
    Now I have to ask. Am I racists if i hate what criminals are doing? Considering the statistics, my hate goes to more black than white. But I must add, I hate white crims just as much. There just seems to be less of them…
    Another point: dedication at work. If you are a clerk for the state this does not give you a licsence to be “Slapgat” I know they did not choose that job, and those jobs are reserved for those low in ambition, and that it will always be like that. No one in grade one answerd State clerk for home affairs when the teacher asked what would you like to become one day?
    In the 1st instance, i would say the K word is still correct. That is if you go back to the original meaning of the word.

    The original meaning of the word is ‘heathen’, ‘unbeliever’ or ‘infidel’, from the Arabic ‘kafir’ and is still being used with this meaning by Muslims.The Arabic term Kafir (arab: كاف) is, however, [B]also applied to white people[/B] or simply anyone who is not a Christian, Jew or Muslim (People of the book) or does not believe in the Abrahamic “One God”.
    So Criminals, white or black can freely be called K…
    In the case of home affairs anger… well that is just some issues I have to resolve, and which I have promised my self not to pass to my children.

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  40. Spud says:

    A very interesting diversity of thoughts here. I don’t solely agree with any. The truth of the matter is people who are black and failures will always blame apartheid and people who are white and failures will blame affirmative action ect.

    A failure will always blame somebody or something and this often manifests itself in racism The first thing we are taught to distinguish as a child are the difference in colors.

    What I reckon is forget about all this shit and leave it up to the failures to argue out. Rather go out there looking for success, not excuses.

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  41. K says:

    Interesting piece, i happened to come across it while searching for something… I’m a white female and i have to say, I’ve used the word a few times, my problem is why does everything make it look like only white people are racist?? i’ve met alot of other colour people that are racist, esp black people.. I really dislike any people that treat someone in the wrong way but why is it that black people get away with it??? Why is it when you hear on the news that a white person murdered a black one its masses gathering infront of the court demanding the works possible judgement and it ends up being a racist hate crime, but when a black murders a white it’s just another statistic?? Yes we all fear for our lives at some stage because some of the black people promised they will torture the white women and humiliate the white men… you might see me as a racist but you know what.. i’m a proud afrikaans white lady… I’m the only white person in the company where i work and you know what i might hate my job but I enjoy working with the people because they are decent. Nobody needs to be this way, being decent and respecting is what counts.. yes the apartheids years where bad but we had nothing to do with it, go torture our grandparents etc that was part of it.. leave our children ALONE… they didn’t ask for this.. they didn’t ask to be killed by taxi drivers that think it’s fun coz they got to kill an inocent white child… they dont care why should we?? i’ll do anything to protect my family and if it means i need to be a bit racist then so be it… i’ll stand up for my family.. i’ll stand up for my nation (afrikaans white people) I’m proud to be what I am… If they can sing “kill the boer” we can do what we need to to get along in this world..

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  42. pieter says:

    I love how you just stereotyped hunters gun enthusiasts and diy or technically minded people as racists. Good going, lets start dividing ourselves into classes and attaching characteristics to those outside of our group.

    you are a big fucking idiot.

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