Editor's note: Is there a fear of white people in South Africa, have they become the boogymen of the continent? Briefly.co.za editor, Stefan Mack, will explore if this is the case or is there something else to it.
Are black people afraid of white people, if so that is a sweeping generalisation and as far as it has been displayed in public a complete fallacy? Perhaps there are some African people who are older who were traumatised under apartheid and were conditioned to fear their former oppressors but these are surely in the minority if at all.
I believe the word is not fear but mistrust, they do not fear white people but are wary that if they resume control then the country could slip back into the dark days of apartheid.
There is also the argument to be made for racial memory, what I mean by this is apartheid was not simply an institution that lasted 50 years it was predated by harsher more exclusionary racially segregated systems of the Boers and British colonialists.
This fundamentally affected the African racial psyche. However, South Africans are resilient and have managed to retain strong elements of their culture and did not allow them to be eroded away by 'civilisation' which if looked at through the lens of history is a great example of a word at war with itself.
The #feesmustfall and other pro-African movements are showing that there is no fear of white people, in fact, there are some that have only positive feelings towards their fellow countrymen, be they Indian, African or European.
When white people are spoken of with resentment it is usually directed towards the previous regime which still has a lot to answer for.
The land issue and the free education issue are intrinsically tied to the oppressive regimes of the past. There is no fear of white people but there is resentment of the former regime and the harm it has inflicted on the African population of this country.
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