I am appalled that a seasoned journalist like BBC world affairs editor John Simpson should produce – in his piece “Is there a future for whites in South Africa?” – such a half-arsed, skewed view of reality. He appears to have fallen victim to the voice of a few paranoids, a narrow interest group who see things through a crude racial perspective.
Of course there are poor whites, and of courses there are farm killings, but Simpson appears oblivious to the fact that most murder victims are black, as are the overwhelming number of poor people. He seems to think it is a problem that there are fewer white farmers than before and white share of income has dropped – but these are necessary, even desirable, aspects of change and the move towards a more equal society.
The piece also demands some basic fact-checking: 400 000 poor whites? Eighty white informal settlements around Pretoria?
I suppose if you set off to ask a narrow, ethnocentric question, one that so clearly reflects your own preconceptions and racial concerns, you are likely to get skewed answers.
This piece is a caricature of how the West’s media perceives and portrays Africa.
Most comical is this trite conclusion: “Those who fit in and succeed will certainly have a future. As for the rest, there are no guarantees whatsoever.” You could say the same of any minority anywhere, let alone one that has the protection of a strong constitution, a sympathetic constitutional court and a vocal media in which whites still have a disproportionately strong voice.
This is an appalling piece of journalism, not worthy of the BBC.