In re-reading this brilliant essay one should be reminded that the author was only 26 years old at the time and had not been brought up in Africa. Considering that, it is truly remarkable that he could have been so unfashionably "illiberal" and so insightful into the African psyche.
As the essay is so long and not everyone has the time or inclination to read it all, I have selected some of his most perceptive remarks.....notice how horribly relevant to the awful situation that white South Africans find themselves in today.
Truly, this is a case of deja vu all over again..! (sic)
For those who want to read it all, here is the link again: http://www.cwporter.com/rhodesia.html
In Africa, European-owned farms, homes, and businesses are tolerated only
until the Africans can stand the chaos created by their confiscation. The owners
are given 24 hours to leave the country with two suitcases and a few dollars; or
they are given cash and expelled, but are prohibited by “exchange control
regulations” from taking the cash with them; or they are paid off with
government bonds which do not mature for 25 years and can be repudiated by any
succeeding government; or they are terrorized by thugs and are told by the
police, “If you don’t like it, why don’t you get out of the country!”
We (the Western nations) must help to kill the white Rhodesians (or S.Africans)
so as to butter up the blacks into allowing us to help exploit their property,
or the enormous mineral resources which the blacks were never aware of.
“The trouble is, a lot of the Europeans just got greedy”, said a woman in
Salisbury who ran from Zambia. “A lot of them just thought, oh, well, it won’t
happen to me. I knew someone who had a business in Zambia. He stayed. They
waited ten years. Then sure enough, when he had built it up into an established
business, they ‘Africanized’ it.
The terrorists are not freedom fighters. The purpose of terrorism is to discourage civilian cooperation with an established government. What is not safe is to be an unarmed African in a terrorist-infested zone. Such a person is likely to see his chief beaten to death, his wife and daughters raped, his sons kidnapped, his ears, lips and nose cut off . Since he fears being cut to pieces with a rusty bayonet more than he fears hanging or imprisonment at the hands of the authorities, the whites cannot win in a contest of terror and do not try.
Liberated" of her lips by Mugabe's "freedom fighters" (with full approval of your government)
Is failing to outnumber the blacks really a worse crime than murdering them all?
Or is it simply that the Rhodesians are white? Are we fighting a race war
against ourselves? Do we despise ourselves that much? Or is it simply that
we only care about money? “Oh God, let my neighbours be slaughtered one by
one, let my children live under Communism, but let me have my boat, my car,
my TV, my sauna bath, my swimming pool, my plane, but oh God, please don’t
make me think about tomorrow.”
Perhaps you have noticed that countries in which Africans hold all the land must
subsist largely off foreign aid. The Frelimo government of Mozambique
confiscated the homes and farms of a quarter million Portuguese, and then asked
the Rhodesians to feed their starving population! As soon as they got their
hands on a couple of trainloads of Rhodesian maize, they declared war on
Rhodesia! They were instantly given a healthy dose of foreign aid “assistance”
by Britain, whose socialist Prime Minister at that time owned five houses.
What would happen to the standard of living of American and the world if all the
best land were divided up into 1 acre parcels to be farmed by people who use no
machinery, who plant by poking holes in the ground with a stick, who use no
contour ploughing or erosion control, no artificial fertilizer, who quit work
for several years every time they get a good harvest, who use no crop rotation,
who erode and exhaust the land and then move?
The South African government spent 77 million Rand (100 million dollars) on farm
machinery for the Zulus. The next year everything was rusting and going back to
bush. And the Africans said, “We had a good harvest last year, why the hell
should we work this year?”
Rhodesia (SA) is criticized for spending more money on the education of white
children than black. What do you expect? The whites are outnumbered every year
simply by the number of black babies born. Either the whites must adopt an
African standard of culture and educate no one, or they must spend more of their
money on themselves. Half of the blacks in Rhodesia are less than fifteen years
old; yet the percentage of population in school is almost as high in Rhodesia as
it is in Britain.
If the blacks are not capable of educating themselves, what makes them capable
of running the country?
American and British policy towards Rhodesia is to support “majority rule”, even it that means minorities must be killed. Since this is in direct contradiction to the policies followed in their own countries, where minorities are worshipped, it simply means that if blacks are in the minority, they must be given privileges. If they are not in the minority, they must be given more privileges.
Perhaps those journalists to whom 10,000 miles’ distance has given a superior
understanding will explain what gives the African his right to wreck everything. Perhaps those who sell their homes at a loss rather than share a single American city with the blacks will explain whether they would prefer to farm in Zambia.
To say that one hopes for a peaceful solution to Rhodesia’s (or S.Africa's) racial problems while agitating for majority rule, is simply to utter a hypocritical threat. Rhodesia’s racial problems are created by foreign politicians. If they do not get what they want for nothing, they will resort to war.
The peaceful solution is/was to leave Rhodesia (SA) alone.Would you abandon your home, your business, your savings, risk the lives of your family, to beg charity in foreign countries you have never seen, in climates you have never experienced, in middle age -- if you could escape? And for what? So that Africans can vote?
In the weeks following UDI, military take-overs and revolutions were taking place in Africa at the rate of one a week. Every single one of these dictatorships was recognized by the world within a week.
Look at the slaughters, look at the tortures, look at the ignorance. It is not enough to treat the Africans better than they have ever treated each other? No. It is not enough to treat the Africans as well as you can. No. In Rhodesia (SA) the rule is not “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In Rhodesia (SA) the rule must be: “Allow others to do unto you things you w ould never dream of doing to them, just as long as they are black.”
Everything the Africans have has been given to them by the whites. It is to satisfy the ignorant envy of people too incompetent to supply themselves with the most basic of modern conveniences that Rhodesia (and SA) must be destroyed.
It is to erase the last reminders of the black mans technical and inventive inferiority that the whites must be killed with our help.
“Few of their houses are equipped with electricity…” says Time. One would think the blacks invented electricity, since it is theirs by right regardless of cost, possibility, or birth rates. The whites must be killed to allow the politicians to pretend that they did invent it.
Overweight "exploited" Africans line up to vote for majority rule, 1979, followed, in many cases, by emigration to Britain or flight to South Africa.The "majority" today would probably emigrate anywhere they could, now that they have their "rule". (Only 15 years later S.Africa went the same suicidal route to "democracy")
Britain, which only recently modified a law theoretically permitting any citizen of a Commonwealth Country (that is, about half the world) to enter Britain as a permanent resident regardless of money, skills, diseases, or knowledge of English, will take black Rhodesians, but not the white.
(White Rhodesians and South Africans) know that as long as white authority is maintained, they are safe; but the day it crumbles, their homes will be attacked, their wives will be raped, their children will be butchered. This is no fantasy; it has happened in a dozen UN member states. It is dismissed as fantasy by people who live in fantasies of their own.
Posted by Bantu Education as a public service to white people.