Afrikaners are a South African ethnic group descended from predominantly Dutch settlers first arriving at the Cape Of Good Hope in the 17th and 18th centuries.
They were originally known as Boers (Afrikaans for “farmers”), although the two terms – “Afrikaner” and “Boer” – are sometimes used interchangeably. (There is a difference, but it’s complicated, as Steve Hofmeyr told me.)
Afrikanerdom is a descriptive word that encapsulates all things proudly Afrikaans.
Afrikaner heritage is rich in culture, innovation, cuisine, music and a strong sense of community.
As a result, I think it matters that it’s preserved in spite of strong anti-Afrikaner sentiment publicly sanctioned by the current South African government and perpetuated by the media.
For example, most South African commercial farmers are Afrikaners and have, for many years, been frequent victims to very brutal “random acts of crime”. In fact, being a farmer in South Africa is probably the most dangerous profession.
Yet, the government and media turn a blind eye (probably because the farmers are white and the attackers are black, resulting in racialised optics that are tricky to navigate).
Lauren Southern visited South Africa and produced a pretty good documentary called Farmlands.
MMA champion, Dricus “Stillknocks” Du Plessis, spoke out against farm attacks after winning a fight.
Dan Roodt is an Afrikaner author, publisher and commentator. He has a vested interest in the future of Afrikaners.
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