“The elephant in the room” is an English saying that refers to something that is undeniably present, but which everyone chooses not to see. The elephant represents a major problem that must be tackled, but everyone ignores it.
In South Africa, there is one especially big elephant in the room: the murder of white people–more specifically, the murder of white farmers–by blacks. The international media, which reports about everything and anything, simply ignores the plague of farm murders ravaging our nation.
Imagine if a black American were tortured to death every second day by whites, and think about the upset this would cause worldwide; how everybody, from the UN to local editors, would sharply rebuke the US government for letting something like this happen. The reverse is true in South Africa today, but it is hardly ever talked about.
Looking at a few recent reports from international mainstream media about South Africa, it is clear that the “elephant in the room” is being deliberately overlooked. The BBC did report on a British couple who were tortured and murdered in a farm attack, but nothing was said of the thousands of white South Africans who suffer the same fate. There is no reference to the British couple being one of many victims of a seemingly orchestrated terror campaign, and there is no attempt to find an explanation for this heinous crime.
In the same month (February2017) that a white farmer or small holding resident was murdered almost every day in South Africa, the BBC made a big deal of two rhinos getting killed by poachers. Of course, it is good to report on the slaughter of cherished and threatened species such as the rhino, but it is still white rhino seems to count more than the white African.
Attacks on foreigners receive prominent coverage, but not attacks on indigenous white people. Figaro in France reports on attacks on foreigners, about the deaths of mentally disabled people and the withdrawal of South Africa from the international crime court, but doesn’t mention native born whites getting raped, tortured, and murdered. Der Spiegel in Germany is even blinder: there are no reports of any violence, except the aforementioned unsanctioned slaughter of two rhinos.
The rest, for the month of February, is mainly travel reports, something about the commando worm and the chaos at the opening of Parliament. In the New York Times, it is about the great inequality in South Africa, there are reports about the death of rugby star Joost van der Westhuizen. And you can go on and on. The fact is that the blatant murders of white people are completely ignored, except if they are expatriots from a foreign country.
We, as white Africans, have been the targets of hate and the punching bag of the Western media for decades. To speak up at all for white people, who are supposed to be rich and privileged, is viewed in the mainstream media as something similar to racism and a denial of the evils of apartheid.
The South African mainstream media has indeed spotted the elephant and writes about it prominently, although it is mainly reporting about what happens as if it is simply another accident such as a car crash, a child who fell into a ditch or a building that collapses. The elephant is spotted, but nobody sees what is written on the elephant: “Creeping genocide”. This is just too much to notice because it requires drastic and immediate action from everyone.
When a building collapses or a child falls off a cliff, it is bad and you have sympathy for the victims and their relatives, but it is something that happens from time to time and mankind can do relatively little about it. However, farm murders call out to every Afrikaner and other white people when this happens: “You must do something! We all have to do something!”
It is not that nothing is being done, of course. Maroela Media prominently covers farm murders and other attacks which specifically target white people, AfriForumcreates a lot of awareness for self-defence and the creation of security networks, the agricultural unions do something similar, various activists do something through campaigns and on social media, people sign petitions and put stickers on their cars, but there is no collective action, no joint declaration that“enough is enough”.
There are no marches with thousands of participants who cannot simply be ignored, no prominent “White African lives matter” or a “We are the farmers” campaign making its voice heard, especially where the government can see and hear it. Social media is powerful, but it is a medium used by the middle class and where you are usually only in your own circle. There is still much we must do first before we simply cannot be ignored anymore.
The elephant in the room can only be ignored as long as it stays still (and the original metaphor indeed refers to a stuffed elephant), but if it starts moving, flaps its ears, trumpets and starts hitting with its trunk, then everybody knows that trouble is here.