Opinion: Why does the rest of the world ignore white people in South Africa?

Opinion: Why does the rest of the world ignore white people in South Africa?

Editor's note: Sonia Fanucchi holds a PdD in literature from the University of Witwatersrand, she has questioned why the rest of the world is apathetic towards the plight of white people in South Africa. Briefly.co.za editor, Stefan Mack, has a closer look at what Sonia has to say.

Why does the rest of the world seem to not give a damn about what happens to white people in South Africa? This question does not seem to have much weight to it, after all, there are a lot of terrible things that happen in the world, civil war in Africa, brutal attacks in the Middle East and millions of people of colour in Africa suffering under terrible conditions.

White people are not the only people affected by crime in the country and they by large enjoy a much higher standard of life.

The idea that white people are facing genocide in the country is not a fact but a perception of a small section of the population who are affected.

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That is not to say white people have it completely easy, there has been an increase in hate speech against white people and racial incidents are not always handled fairly with the law coming down harder on white perpetrators.

This, however, could just be that white South Africans are feeling vulnerable for the first time, after having enjoyed a privileged and protected life during apartheid.

White people should stop worrying about what the rest of the world thinks and start feeling grateful. Grateful that there still is a place in the country for them and that the intolerance of apartheid has not robbed them of their right to live and contribute to the country.

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We as South Africans should not try to play the victim card but recognise that we all share our humanity and this should unite us rather than divide us.

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