Want Honesty About Africa? Look to Japan
Japanese filmmakers honestly portray situation affecting White farmers of South Africa and Zimbabwe — but important film is nowhere to be found online or for sale anywhere.
by Neil Camberly
I SAT IN on my girlfriend’s class about a decade ago, watching an excellent video account of the farm invasions — after staying up late the night before helping her write a paper about Mugabe’s reign of corruption and how it was nevertheless loyal to its core revolutionary ideology: Black power at any cost.
The film was amazing. [And it has apparently been consigned to the memory hole. — Ed.] If the instructor hadn’t been a naïve east Asian grad student, in other words, if she were a Jew or a proven Marxist whom the Jewish faculty allowed to be tenured in as a professor, this film would have never have been shown.
The room was packed, and we were perfectly positioned to scan the faces of the students as scenes of murderous, primitive, enormous Black mobs contrasted so starkly with those of the elegant, civilized European farmers we’d later see bloodied at the feet of the jubilant Blacks. The scenes of densely packed rivers of thousands of Blacks chanting “AK47” in loose unison with smiles on their faces was particularly haunting. The most powerful impression was the unmistakable similarity in mannerisms, behavior, and mentality these Blacks had to their genetic (racial) kin in my own city, despite being separated by ten thousand miles, four hundred years, and a completely different culture. When the film showed several hundred South African Boers, clearly the cream of the genetic crop, gathering in a ceremonial hall, singing the old national anthem to commemorate the foundation of the great nation they tore from nothing, the one Black student in the class, a mulatto really, got up and left the room. You could cut the tension with a knife.
Then the instructor, totally oblivious to the emotional impact of non-PC ideas on some students, began more-or-less honestly addressing the enormous question: Why does Black majority rule always degenerate into chaos? She reviewed a few theories for us. First: They simply don’t have the right leaders. What they need is an army of Nelson Mandelas: selfless, sophisticated ideologues. Second: the post-colonial legacy. Blacks are so deeply scarred by their ancestors’ exploitation that they simply can’t pull themselves together.
But Mandela’s South Africa is almost as big a basket case as Zimbabwe, I pointed out. As a matter of fact, farming in South Africa is currently the most deadly occupation in the world (we had only seen the part of the video showing the plight of the White farmers of Zimbabwe). And the former southeast Asian colonies did so well so quickly that the post-colonial legacy crap hasn’t a leg to stand on.
She said, “Yeah, that’s something to think about. The failure of Africa is the holy grail of political science. But we can’t get into thinking that there is something inherently wrong with Africa, because those . . . theories . . . are . . . don’t have much . . . merit.” She continued: “Scholars have been very creative to explain it. Right now a wildly popular book explains the failure in terms of climate, and the practical matters associated with building a civilization. But that really doesn’t make much sense to me. Who knows?”
The ROTC guys started cracking up.
It felt great to finally point out the elephant in the corner of the room without worrying about my grade.
I went home and looked up the film. No wonder! It was made by NHK of Japan! Check it out yourselves: Zimbabwe and South Africa: Still far from Coexistence (NHK, Japan; 49 min). It’s a must see. [Well, it would be a must see if you could obtain it. During the last decade, the film has been effectively shelved and only appears to exist as VHS copies in a very few library collections. — Ed.]
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