The Oxford Concise defines a double standard as a rule or principle applied unfairly in different ways to different people. The Wonkie Concise defines it as most things race related in South Africa.
It’s ok to sing songs like Shoot the Boer about murdering white people and claiming it to be part of a rich cultural heritage – after all it’s part of South African history and South Africans need to remember it. However, it’s not ok to leave street names like Hendrik Verwoerd because that is clearly not part of South African history.
Call a white man a monkey and it’s funny, call a black man an ape and it’s a violently racist Human Rights offence.
It’s ok to bonk your buddy’s daughter or have unprotected rumpy-pumpy with multiple partners, provided you take a shower of course – because the diversity of South African culture gracefully allows for such behaviour. But make sure to ditch the traditional leopard-skins and don the flash Armani suit with the power tie when visiting the Queen or begging for money from the evil Western Imperialists.
Where is the consistency in all this? For the sake of the Easter Bunny, can’t South Africans just agree to take the positive aspects of the past and move the country forward with that?
The choice to do so now however is quite rightly a BLACK prerogative. Sadly, non-black South Africans can jump up and down in anger complaining of atrocity but in reality it means very little. The tables have turned and it’s now the black man’s turn to make an oddly familiar decision: make the same mistakes (quite simply because he is in the position to do so now); or be the proverbial bigger man. Wonkie bets on history repeating itself, but it would certainly welcome losing this hand.
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