Monday, April 14, 2008
Censorship Spreads In South Africa: The Times Fires David Bullard For "Racist" Column, South Africa Sucks Blog Deleted By Blogger
Censorship in South Africa, which existed to a certain degree during the apartheid era, and which was initially done away with after the transfer of power to the African National Congress (ANC) in 1994, is making a comeback. The fact that black majority rule has not created greater equity for all South Africans, but instead has merely re-defined the privileged caste, is not only proving inconvenient to the South African government, but also quite distressing to the "spies gooier" worldwide who were such cheerleaders for the change to black majority rule, believing it would usher in a "rainbow nirvana" with everyone dancing around the proverbial maypole singing "Kumbaya". Pictured above left, Nelson Mandela along with Communist Joe Slovo.
Obviously, under apartheid, South Africa was an inequitable society. But, despite its inequity, it was a functional society. If you had electricity, it was a steady, reliable supply. If you lived in a "good" neighborhood, it was indeed a "good" neighborhood; you didn't need barbed wire fences and elaborate security systems to keep out the ruffians. But now, although South Africa officially is no longer an "inequitable" society, it is much less functional than during the apartheid era. Crime and corruption are off the charts. "Load-shedding", or rolling blackouts, have become common and affect even the vital mining industry which delivers so much foreign exchange. Anyone in South Africa can become a crime victim anywhere in the country, day or night, regardless of protective measures. Even the police commit crimes on a regular basis.
And the Times of South Africa columnist David Bullard, whose columns regularly excoriate the ANC regime and its substandard leadership, has been a thorn in the side of the establishment. But on April 7th 2008, Bullard may have crossed the line with a column entitled "Uncolonised Africa wouldn't know what it was missing". This column, which can be read in full on the Times website, or, if the Times takes it down, can be read at several other venues including HERE, openly speculates about what life might be like for black South Africans today had Europeans never arrived. The speculation is NOT favorable. It implies South Africa might be a full-blown Third World country with only limited modern conveniences had it not been for European colonization. It even dares to imply that there would be NO mining industry.
And indeed, it did prove to be too much for Bullard's editor, Mondli Makhanya, who promptly gave him the sack, denouncing him as "racist", and proclaiming that his material was inconsistent with South African "values". But Makhanya denied rumors that the ANC government threatened to pull advertising from The Times had Bullard not been given the sack. Bullard's firing provoked a strong reaction from the public, both positive and negative.
And censorship reared its ugly head again on April 11th, when Blogger, without notice, suddenly took down the highly-acclaimed South Africa Sucks blog, which, in its first year of existence, was closing in on 1,000,000 hits. The editors of this blog regularly exposed the corruption and crime flourishing in South Africa under the ANC regime, and strongly implied that most of the black population simply were not ready for the responsibilities of full equality under the law. Racist? Possibly so, but it was not abusive, and did NOT advocate gratuitous violence against non-whites in South Africa. Unbowed, the editors of SAS wasted little time in resurrecting a replacement blog, available under the following URL:
Blogger didn't merely sanction the old blog with either a Content Warning or a violation notice; they flushed the whole thing straight down the memory hole and froze the old URL so it cannot be used again. Blogger is increasingly imposing this extreme penalty on politically-incorrect blogs; the Aryan Matters blog suffered the same fate during this time. This goes beyond balancing public sensitivity with personal liberty; this is outright censorship. Blogger is acting as a self-appointed arbiter as to what emancipated adults should be allowed to read. The editors of the SAS blog are appealing to Blogger, contemplating legal action, and planning to find a private server to host their blog.
One post on the new South Africa Sucks blog succintly sums up the grievances held against the ANC government by the editors of the blog. It will educate you on the issues in that country and counter the rosy multicultural propaganda spun about the country. South Africa still has potential, but it's being pissed away.