By Johan Smith
Following a complaint from the DA, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) found in March this year that Stellenbosch University (SU) had committed gross human rights violations against Afrikaans students by placing restrictions on their freedom of speech, language and culture, equality and human dignity .
This report rejects the distorted way in which SU uses the concept of inclusiveness to exclude African students.
Nevertheless, prof. Geo Quinot shortly afterwards made a motion of confidence in the rector, prof. Wim de Villiers, who denied the above offenses during his personal testimony. In this motion, which is accepted with a large majority, the senate expresses its confidence in De Villiers and his management team in their pursuit of, among other things, inclusiveness!
This after the HRC found that De Villiers and SU must apologize for their outrages and allegations about nepotism have already been cleared up.
Following this report, Prof. Jansen from SU that the report “incompetent” and “irresponsible” is. “There is in fact a growing perception that the HRC has become a happy playground for Afrikaans right wing politics“.
In this article I try to briefly shine the light on the radical agenda that is currently playing out at SU in an attempt to open readers’ eyes. At the end of the article, I also ask alumni to vote in the current election of a board member for the SU board.
Woke-ism can be summed up as a set of radical beliefs that are openly hostile to the traditional Christian Western view of life and that have gained momentum especially over the past two decades in the education and political spheres.
The philosophical origins of weeks-thinking is the Frankfurt School of Social and Critical Theory founded in Germany in 1923 with the aim of promoting Marxist studies. Marxism, of course, holds that society consists of oppressors (the bourgeoisie) and the oppressed (the proletariat).
In 1933, under pressure from the Nazi government, the school moved to Columbia University in New York. Pioneers such as Max Horkheimer initially played an important role in the development of critical theory as a philosophy that aims to overthrow Western capitalist society and get rid of religion as part of the “system of oppression”.
Led by people like Derek Bell and Richard Delgado, critical thinking developed into the now famous Critical Race Theory (Critical Race Theory) and in the educational sphere as Critical Pedagogy. One of the fathers of the latter is Paolo Freire who gained fame with his book The Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
Over the past 20 years, this ideology has found a breeding ground on American and Canadian University campuses, where many of SU’s lecturers have spent a long time themselves. Fans or the “woke mob” believes that Western society is inherently racist and forms the power base for “white supremacy“. This systemic racism means that all institutions are designed to benefit white men (the oppressors) and oppress others (the victims), including women and the LGBTQ+ community.
Accordingly, meritocracy is discriminatory or racist and any form of inequality between groups serves as evidence of systemic racism or oppression. It is precisely here that the ANC’s transformational ideology finds an ally in radical Marxist Critical Race Theory (CRT).
From this follows policy that enforces diversity, equity, equality and inclusiveness. The aim is to achieve equality of outcomes through discrimination, quotas and exclusion based on race. The foregoing stands in stark contrast to the pursuit of equal opportunities for all which creates a hierarchy of excellence with substantial benefits.
Through the weeksglasses, however, the hierarchy of merit is seen as an oppressive patriarchy that must be destroyed. The foregoing comes as an attack on the traditional family and the polarization of the sexes through, among other things, traditional male characteristics such as “toxic masculinity” to be branded, while respect for authority (the patriarchy) is denigrated as “authoritarianism“.
There are many arrows in the quiver of this ideology and a related series of toxic concepts that have developed include a long list of which anti-racism (“anti-racism“), social justice (“social justice“), white privilege (“white privilege“), decolonization (“decolonisation“), microaggressions (“microaggressions”) and hate speech are just a few.
Besides active discrimination, there is an attempt to eradicate the traditional (Christian or conservative) Western culture by preventing the transmission of culture in the form of handed down knowledge, values and beliefs to the next generation and in fact replacing it with weeks-ideology that is introduced into the school and higher education system.
The foregoing is currently playing out as a culture war in America and its schools (universities have already lost the battle) and is, among other things, the reason why the dormitory tradition at African universities must be destroyed.
Weeks-ism at US
In the context of the transfer of values, one can refer to prof. Jonathan Jansen, currently an extraordinary prof. in education at SU, quotes following a speech a few years ago in which he argued that Afrikaans schools and universities pose a significant threat to race relations in South Africa.
Thus prof. Jansen:breaking the transmission line for the intergenerational transmission of bitter knowledge (as defined in his award-winning book Knowledge in the Blood) is crucial for the building of an inclusive democracy“. My lay interpretation of his book and his statement is that racism is in your DNA. The way to solve this is that there should not be a next generation of Afrikaners.
However, Jansen is by no means alone. The famous prof. Amanda Gouws, also associated with SU, wrote in an article on News24 last year, titled Transformation is happening at SU. “We cannot take the blame for toxic masculinity” following the urine incident of 2022, the following: “This creation of toxic masculinity of (white) men fencing off their territory like animals, using other people’s bodies and properties as toilets seem to be a common thing“.
Isn’t racism precisely based on crude stereotyping of people based on their race?
Later in 2022, an article appears on Netwerk24 in which four council members ask for disciplinary action against Prof. Jansen after apparently saying during a panel discussion that “just as dogs urinate to mark their territory and indicate anxiety, white male students use the same tactic to oppose black intrusion into their spaces.”
In Gouws’ article she blames “…conservative white parents, including white English speaking parents, to (that) send their children to SU and then it becomes our task to eradicate racist thinking and behavior“.
In an interview with Hanlie Retief in June 2022, Prof. Diresh Ramjugenath, Vice-Chancellor of Learning Education at SU that he was spat on when he was young (he is therefore a “victim”) and that the urine incident highlights issues of racism and discrimination. According to him, the whole region is traditional and conservative and unwilling to change. The prof. continue by stating “you see the big differences playing out on the town”.
“So here is not only a racial issue, but also a socio-economic one.”
Prof. Ramjugernath is of course a newcomer in Stellenbosch and yet he cares little about his prejudice. Surely any inequality must be the result of racism!
In May 2022, Prof. Tulio de Oliviera from SU that Afrikaans must be done away with at the university in an attempt to get rid of racism – as reported by RNews. In a video clip, Prof. Louise van Rhyn, who brought the motion earlier this year that the executive committee of SU, including the president adv. Jan Heunis, to give the go-ahead that: “I resigned from having to lecture an Afrikaans MBA class because I said what we are doing. You know it is a group of white men sitting in a room together and it was the wrong thing to do, so I am so happy to hear that there is no Afrikaans…“.
Following the same meeting, Jonathan Jansen tweeted: “At the old Afrikaans Universities the convocation is usually the last hold out for ultra conservative, racially provocative politics. And since so few alumni care about this strange beast, called the convocation, these dinosaurs hang around a little longer than they should“.
In his articles on Politicsweb gives James Myburg an excellent overview of the actual course of events during the urine incident and who the racists really are. Yet SU’s disciplinary committee found the student guilty of racism and prof. Wim de Villiers and other senior academics repeatedly condemned the incident as racist even before it was investigated.
De Villiers later survives a motion of no confidence brought against him by Dr. Leon Schreiber of the DA and the convocation management are given the go-ahead after a well-orchestrated campaign led by prof. Louise van Rhyn.
Thembalethu Seyisi, an alumnus, candidate lawyer at Cluver Markotter and ally of Louise van Rhyn, writes in the Daily Maverick following the HRC report that “the SAHRC investigation into the violation of Afrikaans-speaking students’ constitutional rights at the SU is the culmination of a dirty tricks campaign that right wing elements have waged for years”.
Resistance to the abolition of Afrikaans is a right-wing campaign and “disturbingly this campaign is influencing a small group of white Afrikaans students to become radicalised“. The latter after radical non-African groups disrupted exams last year following the “racist” urine incident.
What is really happening here is that under the false pretense of high moral ground, a radical agenda is recklessly pushed by people who despise you and your children and grant nothing. Some are driven by revenge while others under the delusion of “weeks” Marxist KRT is convinced that their actions are justified and in the process destroy the future that all South African citizens hoped for. However, it is time for ordinary people to face this reality.
There is currently an election for a SU board member up to and including 7 September 2023. The SU convocation has 200,000 members who can make their voice heard. However, a small minority, united as a unit behind the radical agenda highlighted above, wields the scepter, partly because the voting process is difficult for alumni whose e-mail addresses are not up to date at SU.
Most alumni have also been assigned a new student number of which they are unaware. Without that number one cannot vote. If you received a unique email with a link to vote, your new student number will appear at the top of the email. However, if you have not received an e-mail, you must urgently request an e-mail at [email protected] and pass on your latest contact information.
- Johan Smit is a businessman, farmer, Christian and patriot.
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