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    White South African Gets Refugee Status

    White South African gets refugee status

    Carly Laird reported this story on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 12:38:00


    ELEANOR HALL: A Canadian tribunal's decision to grant a white South African man refugee status has outraged the ruling party in South Africa. Thirty-one-year-old Brandon Huntley claimed that he couldn't return to South Africa because he was targeted for muggings and robberies because of his race.

    The Canadian Refugee Board agreed that there was persecution of whites by blacks in South Africa. But a spokesman from the African National Congress says that decision itself is racist.

    Carly Laird has our report.

    CARLY LAIRD: Relations between South Africa and Canada could turn sour over the coming days following the Canadian immigration board's ruling that a white South African man would be granted refugee status.

    South Africa's governing party, the African National Congress, is already clearly upset by the issue. Spokesman, Ishmael Mnisi.

    ISHMAEL MNISI: The African National Congress views the granting by Canada of a refugee status to South African citizen Brandon Huntley on the grounds that Africans would persecute him, as racist.

    CARLY LAIRD: The white South African man, Brandon Huntley, first went to Canada on a work permit in 2006. But he then stayed on illegally, and claimed refugee status.

    He told the immigration board he was mugged and stabbed in seven attempted robberies in South Africa and that he was called a "white dog" and a "settler" during the attacks. But he also said that he didn't report the robberies to police because he didn't trust them.

    But Ishmael Minisi from the ANC says South Africa is a constitutional democracy which is fully able to fight crime.

    ISHMAEL MNISI: We find the claim by Huntley to have been attacked seven times by Africans due to his skin colour - without any police intervention - sensational and alarming. Canada's reasoning for granting Huntley a refugee status can only serve to perpetuate racism.

    CARLY LAIRD: Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper quoted the Refugee Board member who made the ruling, William Davis, as saying there was convincing proof of the South African Government's inability or unwillingness to protect him.

    One South African resident agrees with the ruling.

    SOUTH AFRICAN RESIDENT: I agree with him on that part because South Africa is mostly focusing on black people too much these days. Like white people aren't given enough emphasis. Basically, they've just paid for their sins for just too long.

    CARLY LAIRD: But other locals agree with the Government that the ruling is racist.

    SOUTH AFRICAN RESIDENT 2: Actually I think this guy is sick 'cause if you check, we're living in South Africa but none of these issues are happening to us, but even though if they are happening to you, how can you just run away from your country. So, I think he should come back and fix these matters.

    CARLY LAIRD: Geoffrey Hawker is the president of the African Studies Association and the head of politics at Macquarie University. He says he was surprised at the ruling.

    GEOFFREY HAWKER: Most refugees tend to be those who are markedly in trouble, under privileged, on the run. I don't think we've had the case of a white South African coming into this situation before.

    CARLY LAIRD: And he says he's sceptical that the man was attacked on the basis of his skin colour.

    GEOFFREY HAWKER: Most violence is actually black on black, that's the overwhelming reality. I'm not saying this case couldn't happen, but it's not typical of what's happening in the country as a whole.

    CARLY LAIRD: But isn't it true that white people in South Africa are targeted for violent crimes because of economic differences?

    GEOFFREY HAWKER: Well of course there are many rich whites, that's absolutely true, and of course they are the focus of robbery and other crimes, that's really not because they're white, that's because they're rich.

    And there are plenty of rich blacks now also in South Africa and they get targeted in full measure - the robber is after the money, not really after the person because of the colour of their skin. Crime reflects the socio-economic condition of the country, rather than its ethnic composition.

    Unemployment is so high, and it tends to be concentrated in the black community, and that's where much of the crime is coming from.

    CARLY LAIRD: Can you understand why the ANC would be so upset by this?

    GEOFFREY HAWKER: Well one can, because, well South Africa's going to get the reputation of the country where the blacks are deliberately setting out to punish the whites for the past injustices that were undoubtedly perpetrated.

    And if it were believed, it there were lots of cases like this, then they'd think that the whole reconciliation effort has fallen over and has become a sham and that would actually be a tragic thing for South Africa.

    ELEANOR HALL: Africa analyst Geoffrey Hawker from Macquarie University ending that report by Carly Laird.


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    The Canadian Refugee Board agreed that there was persecution of whites by blacks in South Africa. But a spokesman from the African National Congress says that decision itself is racist.
    What do you do while being black and losing an argument to a rational white person.
    Bingo!
    Use the RACE CARD!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_card

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    Quote Originally Posted by EQ Fighter View Post
    What do you do while being black and losing an argument to a rational white person.
    Bingo!
    Use the RACE CARD!


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_card
    "In a fix, exposed as a lying fraud and need to turn the tables on short notice? Pull the "anti-semite" or "race" card for instant gratification!"

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    If Germans have to answer for Hitler, then Jews need to answer for Karl Marx. This is my solution to the Antisemitism card.

    Also seeding some of the control of the media monopoly would be a good faith gesture.

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    Haha, well, you know how it is. Once you control the media you control the minds of the sheeple. Would they want to give up that kind of hard won power?

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