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“The president of the United States has adopted a vile white supremacist hate narrative, right out of the darkest corners of the internet, and is turning it into policy.”
President Donald Trump faced more accusations of racism late Wednesday after he tweeted about white farmers in South Africa.
Fellow tweeters accused Trump of promoting the white nationalist talking point that the South African government was waging a war against whites.
Khusela Diko, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman, told Reuters that Trump was “misinformed” about the country’s planned land reforms and that its government would “take up the matter through diplomatic channels.”
“South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past,” the South African government tweeted. “South Africa will speed up the pace of land reform in a careful and inclusive manner that does not divide our nation.”
Other tweeters saw Trump’s tweet as a “thumbs-up” to right-wing extremists and an attempt to distract people from the conviction of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort on eight charges and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations:
The first and only time Trump has named Africa…..It is in defense of white land thieving settlers in South Africa.
The country’s minister of international relations said Trump’s tweet “is based on false information.”
South Africa’s government slammed President Donald Trump after he tweeted that his administration will study the country’s “land and farm seizures” and “the large scale killing of farmers.”
Trump’s tweet referred to a conspiracy theory that has been a talking point for white nationalists and neo-Nazis who have said problems with post-apartheid land reform amount to “white genocide.” The president tweeted about the subject Wednesday night after Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed it on air
Tucker Carlson, the clean-shaven racist, bigot and white supremacist
South Africa responded to Trump by saying it “totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past.”
Lindiwe Sisulu, South Africa’s minister of international relations, said Trump’s tweet “is based on false information” and that the country will clarify the issue with the U.S. through diplomatic channels.
DIRCO to meet with US Embassy following tweet on the land programme
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, has noted the unfortunate comments on Twitter by the President of the United States of America, H.E. Donald J. Trump, on land redistribution and crime.
It is regrettable that the tweet is based on false information. The Minister has thus instructed the Department to meet with the US Embassy in Pretoria to seek clarification on the matter today, 23 August 2018.
Minister Sisulu will also communicate with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on the matter through diplomatic channels. Minister Sisulu said South Africa has good political, economic and trade relations with the United Sates of America and that diplomatic channels remain open to provide clarity on issues of mutual interest.
Further comments will be made after the meeting between DIRCO and US embassy officials.
Enquiries: Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, 083 645 7838 or Mabayan@dirco.gov.za
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Under South Africa’s apartheid policy that institutionalized racial segregation, black citizens were prohibited from living on or owning land that was exclusively designated for white South Africans. When the country ended apartheid in 1994, whites owned almost all of the private land in South Africa even though they made up only about 10 percent of the population.
Despite some land redistribution reforms, a 2017 government audit found that white people, who make up 8.9 percent of the population, own 72 percent of private farmland. The ruling African National Congress has promised to ramp up redistribution efforts, including amending the constitution to allow the government to seize land without paying the owner.
The proposal has alarmed white farmers, and white lobbying group AfriForum has spread an untrue story of white farmer genocide in the country. There have been violent attacks against white farmers in the past, but data shows violence has been decreasing.
Patrick Gaspard, a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa, accused Trump of using the controversial tweet to distract attention from his recent legal woes.
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Can reggae artistes who are not from Jamaica be among the greatest?
Jamaica is the home of reggae music. That is fact that cannot be questioned, doubted or argued. However, the music has spread past every boundary and border and reggae is now a worldwide genre and great reggae artistes have sprung up from all four corners of the earth.
Even though there are reggae artistes all over the world, with those outside of Jamaica outselling Jamaican artistes by a landslide, only Jamaican reggae artistes are considered among the greatest. If you ask any reggae fan to list their top 10 artistes, you are sure to hear names like Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and even the young Chronixx; all from Jamaica. It is almost like there is something that Jamaican reggae artistes have those artistes from other parts of the world does not. Or is it just a bias why we don’t hear non-Jamaican reggae artistes listed among the greatest.
Take the late, great Lucky Dube for example. If reggae fans listen his music without prejudice, they could not deny that the South African is among reggae’s greatest. In fat, the type of crowds that Lucky Dube played in front of, no other reggae artiste, including Bob Marley, has ever played in crowds of that size.
So why isn’t Lucky Dube listed among reggae’s greatest? He surely is one of the greatest reggae artistes ever. Did the fact that he was born on the motherland continent instead of an island in the Caribbean disqualify him from being among reggae’s greats?
Then there are groups like Steel Pulse and Midnite who have given us hits after hits and classic albums after classic album, yet you will never hear names like Vaughn Benjamin and David Hinds when reggae’s greatest are being discussed.
Maybe there is something that babies that are born in Jamaica get at birth that babies elsewhere do not get. Maybe Jamaican babies are born with a disease, a disease that Peter Tosh called reggae mylitis.