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PROUD TO BE A RACIST openly challenges the stereotype that white people who complain about the state of the economy, crime and politics in South Africa are racist.
The seeds for PROUD TO BE A RACIST were sown as far back as 2004, when then President Thabo Mbeki harshly branded white commentators writing about violent crime in South Africa, as bigots who want the country to fail.  Mbeki accused journalists in particular of distorting reality by depicting black people as ‘barbaric savages’ who liked to rape and kill.  The current commissioner of police, Bheki Cele, later supported Mbeki, by saying that white people who complained about crime should emigrate.

Boshoff questions the racialisation of political criticism in PROUD TO BE A RACIST.  The work contains a series of statements about social issues currently plaguing South Africa, such as corruption, crime, the poor state of public healthcare and the education system.

In speaking about this work, Willem Boshoff staunchly supports the right to speak one’s mind:  “The Druid [which is a metaphor for the artist himself] is on the side of the loser, the outcast, the person who is unwanted.  There is a bit of the Druid in everything that I do.  I want to defend the defenceless.  I try to save words or plants that are about to become extinct by resuscitating them. If I see people unable to defend themselves, I will try to defend them.  In the case of crime, I’ll defend people who have been silenced by murder.”

 
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I AM PROUD TO BE LABELLED
RACIST IN SOUTH AFRICA
IF IT MEANS THAT

 

I am revolted by ineffective, dim-witted 4 X 4 politicians
I am shocked that countless farm murders go unchallenged
I loathe it when the police take bribes without being punished
I am dismayed that unemployment and poverty keep getting worse
I am disgusted that education is so poorly managed and neglected
I appreciate security walls, electrical fences, alarms and guard dogs
I detest crime and criminals, no matter what the colour of their skin
My temper rises when violent car-jackings are not brought under control
I am afraid for the lives of my children when they walk out onto the street
I fly into a rage when sport teams are forced to select undeserving players
My blood boils when the police hoodwink us with false or no crime statistics
I find it intolerable that politicians line their own pockets at the expense of the poor
I view bankruptcy in metropolitan councils as a fraudulent waste of taxpayers’ money
I become infuriated when objections to administrative incompetence are ignored
I am repulsed that money is wasted on useless military aircraft and submarines
I am appalled at the shocking and inadequate treatment in public hospitals
I can’t stand that more and more tourists are avoiding us like the plague
I could scream in frustration when jobs are given to unqualified people
I feel insulted that a cold shower after sex is believed to prevent aids
I find it insufferable that my country is the rape capital of the world
I fume when thousands of destitute aids orphans live without care
I weep when villains’ rights are protected more than their victims
I find the severe, prolonged power failures unacceptable
I totally detest corruption by government officials

 

 
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