The following was a reply to an article in the Mercury newspaper (last week), where the previously disadvantaged stated that It’s not too late for the previously advantaged to apologize for apartheid.
This was in the Mercury paper last week. The main headline stated the following: “It’s not too late for whites to say sorry for apartheid!”
Here is an email that went around responding to the headline. The subject read: “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 then 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 harbors, 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, not to breed like rabbits and end up 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 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 suspicious because none of these poor and 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 color in our national teams then 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 neighboring 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, beet root and garlic cures, urinating on the street corners, virginity testing, slaughtering of bulls in our back yards, trading woman 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 highly appreciated.
We are sorry that we’d like this country to fulfill its potential so we can once again be proud South Africans.
The Previously ‘Advantaged.’
P.S. In the old regime, we had lights and water.
Quite a hard-core ‘apology’ – I have no idea who wrote it but the email has done its rounds and I thought that I had to share it with you to get your point of view on the situation. Personally I was not a fan of apartheid, but I do believe that some things stated in this email are completely true. I’m not a racist!
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