What will follow dead South African racist leader?

Racism always leads to violence. It’s true in America, it’s true across the world. In South Africa that hatred may have been part of the reason Eugene Terreblanche, an avowed white supremacist and radical, is dead.

For most Americans, South Africa is thought of, if at all, as the land where Apartheid once stood. A nation that kept all the money and power exclusively among its White minority. A nation that America and other nations rallied against in the 1980’s, helping to topple the oppresive government and racist policies. But that did not end the hate.

Terreblanche was one of the leaders of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB), a group akin to the KKK in America. He was opposed to change, opposed to democratic rule and the rights of the African majority to have a Right to vote. He was so extreme as to advocate for the creation of White-only countries to be made within the confines of what is South Africa. He was also an ex-convict, jailed for attempted murder and a seperate assault on Blacks as well as having been found guilty of illegal arms possesion. The AWB he created was known for it’s Nazi-like symbol and “stormtropper” like masked guards [for those to young to know this refers to Nazi troops and not Star Wars].

Few but the most small-minded of people, likely other racists as well, will miss this extreme radical. Yet, this is not a time of rejoicing. It is not a symbol of action that should be repeated. It is not a rally cry for South Africa, or anywhere in the world.

Those that would use the death of this racist to incite violence are no better than Terreblanche was. To use this death in any means of violence or persecution is to live up to the worst of ideals, and create a martyr out of a madman.

Hatred is what spurred Terreblanche. The single-minded illogical hate of people for the sole reasoning that a person’s skin tone defines them. It’s the kind of illogic and putrid thoughts that gave birth to Nazi’s, and the cowardly KKK here in America. Those thoughts give birth to violence and feeds off of violence. The only true means of defeating that kind of hate, all hate, is with logic and discussion and calm.

I have no condolences for racists, no thoughts of remorse when the violence that fills their daily actions engulfs them. Yet in the vacuum that is created in their passing peace must prevail. If not, another misguided fool will eventually come and take their place, starting the cycle over again and undobtedly taking further lives along it’s course.

South Africa has come far in the past 20 years, which is why the Wold Cup is coming to that nation, though much more needs to be done. It would be a shame if the absence of this obstacle in the path of a greater and better South Africa is only substituted with more hatred and violence.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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