Sunday, November 27, 2011

Deep Inside the African Bush....

This drawing is derived from the original engraving in David and Charles Livingstone, Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries (London, 1865). Published by

Nearly two centuries ago. Sometime in the middle of the nineteenth century.
Deep inside the African bush, somewhere along the Zambezi. 
Where we fought the bushwar in our time, during our generation.
African men, women and children linked by wooden yokes and chains being led off into slavery by African guards carrying guns, acting on orders of Arab slave traders.
This was before any white so-called settlers arrived.
Before the so-called colonial era, which put an end to slavery.
Then came our Boer republics, and Rhodesian UDI.
We fought a war to defend them, whites shoulder to shoulder with black and brown and yellow.
We fought for our freedom and against the slavery of communism.
You, the so-called world, called us racists. And you clapped hands when we were sold out and became slaves again.
Modern-day slaves to the Mugabes and the new African slave-masters.
Hope you are satisfied?
Sourced from Willem Ratte.

1 comment:

  1. The funnest/funniest part about this story to me is that my mother also went to college in the late 70s/early 80s.

    The reason why it's funny, though, is because just yesterday I mentioned to her something about how Mandela was in jail most of the time (this was in a museum, a public place) for having founded the terrorist organization Umkhonto we Sizwe. She made a fuss and told me to be quiet.

    Apartheid was evil apparently, but mentioning that the ANC was equally evil (at least if you're going to say discrimination is bad then you have to say murder is at least equally as bad) is apparently not allowed at all. Yup.

    I hate the West. The only thing good about it is that there are so many whites, and so much antipathy to the idea of being overrun by non-whites and becoming "multicultural" that we're going to stay white for all of the forseeable future. South Africa though has been sent up the river to die.