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Much is being made of Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro at the memorial for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Ted Cruz – who was the only U.S. Senator in attendance – walking out during Castro’s speech also grabbed a headline (the bigger issue is why Cruz went in the first place).
Being overlooked is Obama’s embrace of South African President Jacob Zuma, a man who has led crowds in the singing of songs that call for the murder of white farmers.
Those who attempt to diminish Zuma’s racist exhortations by saying he’s a changed man have a bit of a problem. He sang this song last year:
Such songs were sung before the abolition of apartheid but why is the President, who’s black, seeing them today?
Via Genocide Watch:
The African National Congress has been South Africa’s governing party since the Presidency of Nelson Mandela 17 years ago, following the end of white minority rule and apartheid. In the years under apartheid, hate speech was used by both supporters and opponents of the apartheid system to stir up their followers. When racial tensions in South Africa ran high, the song “Kill the Farmer, Shoot the Boer” was a revolutionary song of the anti-apartheid movement. However, it is an illustration of the long-term impact that such de-humanizing language can have.
After many years when such songs were no longer sung, in 2010, prominent members of the ANC Youth League, in particular Julius Malema, President of the ANC Youth League, openly sang the “Shoot the Boer” song at ANC Youth League rallies. Not only did revival of the song strike fear into the hearts of Boer farmers, but it has actually been sung during attacks on white farmers. It is an incitement to murder white Afrikaner farmers.
Yet, Zuma denies there is any genocide in South Africa.
Dr. Gregory Stanton, who heads the group Genocide Watch, sees the revival of such songs as an extremely dangerous indicator and has actually ranked South Africa higher on the genocidal scale as a result:
Dr. Stanton concluded that Malema’s revival of a song advocating murder moved South Africa from the fifth stage on his genocidal scale to stage six. When the South African judiciary ruled it to be unlawful hate speech, Genocide Watch put South Africa back at stage five. When President Zuma was caught on tape January 2012 singing, “We are going to shoot them with the machine gun, they are going to run/You are a Boer, we are going to hit them, and you are going to run/shoot the Boer…” South Africa was raised to stage six once again.
Stage six is known as Preparation: “Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. Members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols. Their property is expropriated. They are often segregated into ghettoes, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved.”
The sixth stage is followed by stage seven: Extermination.
So while it may be newsworthy to report that Barack Obama went out of his way to shake the hand of Raul Castro, it’s beyond revealing to see him hug Jacob Zuma.
Here is a photo of a white farmer after he was tied to the back of his car after it was car jacked: