South African petition asks Trump to take 12,000 white refugees.
A petition has requested President Trump to allow 12,000 white South African refugees into the U.S.
The petition comes after civil unrest in the country has led to fears for some white farmers’ safety.
South Africa is undergoing a shift in power, as new president Cyril Ramaphosa seeks to make reparations for hundreds of years of mistreatment.
White people who colonized the country hundreds of years ago treated the black native population with little regard. They enforced slavery and colonization upon the natives and took what was rightly, not theirs.
Now the land ownership in South Africa is still heavily one-sided, with white farmers owning an estimated 73% of the countries profitable farming land. While the farmers today were not around when the land was forcibly taken, there is still a lot of tension over who rightfully owns the land.
A recent vote in the country aims to change the South African Constitution, in order for land to be confiscated from white farmers and given back to the natives, without any compensation.
While this decisions looks favorably on those who are rightfully deserving of retribution, it has left a sour taste in the mouths of the farmers who own the land today. Many white farmers rely on their farms as their livelihoods, to take away their land, they say would leave them with nothing.
A petition has been signed by over 12,000 people urging Trump to take on refugees from the unrest. It is feared that violent clashes will ensue if a land redistribution program is undertaken.
The complex question of refugee rights has been opened up with this petition. It is one of the only times we have seen white people having to seek refuge, the boots is usually on the other foot.
The petition asks Trump to:
“take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.”
But the petition even goes a step further, it specifically asks Trump to stop taking on Middle Eastern and Somalian because they ‘can’t be vetted’ properly. This request reeks of inherent racism that assumes ‘white’ refugees are more worthy of safety than those with darker skin tones.
A similar petition has also been drawn up which asks European nations to take in white Boers, this petition has gained 17,000 signatures.
This is one of the first times in history we have seen white colonization be given a taste of its own medicine, and it has highlighted just how obvious the disparity between different skin colors are still treated today.