26 May, 2008
Xenophobia, Sheep, And Lazy Opportunists.
As Shaun Puts His Serious Hat On.
I usually steer clear of commenting on current events and political issues, as I tend to be as articulate and insightful as a damp piece of Rooikrans braai wood. The recent "Xenophobia Mania" however, compels me to comment.
Taking in the various newspaper reports, television coverage and the opinions of various old people I encounter on a daily basis, my feeling is this - the attacks seem to stem largely from a faction of sheep and opportunists, rather than blatant "xenophobes".
I think it's obvious that this is primarily a socioeconomic issue, combining years of unemployment, frustration and general unhappiness at the back of basic service delivery, which then boiled over into the situation we have now. But I think the target of the people's hatred could have been anyone at the time - from fat or obese people (they always seem to have money to feed themselves. Let's f*ck 'em), to people who drive cars (where did they get the money? Let's f*ck 'em)
In this instance, it was the foreigners of Alexandra, who were the scapegoats and this then created a domino effect. South Africans, by their very nature, are sheep. It merely takes a few strong-willed and persuasive individuals to successfully influence the masses - how else does one explain the musical career of Danny K?
A Typical South African - And A Danny K Fan?
So suddenly we have flare-ups occurring all over the country, as people seemingly believe that foreigners are "taking their jobs", "their houses" and "their women". Added to this "sheep factor", are the blatant opportunists who see the, well, opportunity to enrich themselves through looting of shops and outright robbery.
Basically what I'm saying is this, I don't believe these attacks are directly due to xenophobic hate crimes. I think this is primarily due to sheep and lazy opportunists.
An Angry Mob - About To Attack A Zimbabwean.
That's my 50c. Now f**k off and leave me alone, I'm busy today.
No I'm kidding. Sorry for swearing.
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