Kill the Boer

(repost from Letterdash)

Walking and taking the train are more than just exercise and a mode of transport for me, they’re spaces of alone-while-not-being-alone time for me, time to mull over the events of the day, time to just think.

Not so much lately, but it used to be a great dream-with-your-eyes-open gap for me – many a world tour, business venture or romance has gone from birth to demise within a 45-minute train journey.

But, on this day, my train of thought started out playfully:  I was thinking about some of the duels fought on Letterdash in the past – in particular one opponent who’d dissed MadMom and I (amongst many illustrious others) as being white women and a bit dim.  I was thinking that I should have responded with:

“MadMom is WHITE??!!

*Clutching her face with both hands, her mouth a perfect O with horror, head wagging from side to side, Joanne ran shrieking from the room….*

This made me smile, naturally.

But then I had a sobering thought: I saw Steve Biko’s wide smile and remembered how he’d laughed at the Apartheid cops, how he’d made their convoluted reasoning so laughable – and how, when pushed into the dunces’ corner, the wicked simply lash out and kill you.

And then, in my mind I heard the voices of my peers back in the late 70’s talking about it – and it chilled me to realise how dangerous it is to rewrite history before it’s even gotten cold. 


Because then no-one knows what anything means, why it’s there or where it came from.

Again I hear the voices of my peers, right at the time when freedom songs are gathering strength in secret – they’re young people like me who hate Apartheid and they’re speaking about Biko:  how he’d been killed by the police.

Only, in those days the name for the hated Apartheid police was “boere”.



3 thoughts on “Kill the Boer

      • Would that be the technology challenged person within coming out now? 😛
        Go to appearance>>widgets and then add the follow blog one. Then at least I’ll know when you’ve posted and it can serve as a reminder that I must pop by!

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