By LEO HOHMANN
The plight of white South Africans is so dire that even a few left-wing publications like Newsweek are starting to take notice, but so far Western leaders remain silent and seemingly oblivious to the storm clouds gathering over this nation of 57 million people.
If ever there was a crisis tailor made for President Donald J. Trump, this is it.
Trump relishes the role of the anti-establishment dealmaker and nothing is more anti-establishment then helping white South Africans.
South Africa’s white farmers have their collective heads on the block following a recent vote by the South African parliament to expropriate their land without compensation. The main proponent for the plan, Julius Malema of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, has publicly referred to the nation’s white farmers as “criminals” who must be driven off the land.
Make no mistake, this is shorthand for extermination.
Online petitions have been started by South Africans pleading for refugee status in the U.S. and Europe. One petition has grown to 18,918 signatures asking Trump to accept white South African Christians in place of Somali Muslims and Middle Easterners who are difficult to vet and prone to non-assimilation.
So far there has been no response from the White House.
Newsweek took a dim view of the future for white farmers in a country once touted as a burgeoning “rainbow” paradise, where “one man, one vote” and Marxist central planning would lead to prosperity for all South Africans—blacks, whites, coloreds and Asians. [Thousands Sign Petition Asking Trump to Let White Farmers in South Africa Migrate to U.S. After Country Votes to Force Them Off Land, by Chantal Da Silver, Newsweek, March 1, 2018]
The motion will still need the approval of parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee, but it “has once again stoked fears among the country’s white farmers of a violent and disastrous land redistribution akin to that which crippled Zimbabwe in the 2000s,” Newsweek reported.
The online petition calls on Trump to “take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.”
The truth is, Trump holds all the executive power he needs, and the legal cover, to pull off a sweeping rescue mission of South African refugees.
There is a provision in the Refugee Act of 1980 that allows for emergency extraction of vulnerable populations.
That provision reads as follows:
“(B) After the President initiates appropriate consultation prior to making a determination, under subsection (b), that the number of refugee admissions should be increased because of an unforeseen emergency refugee situation, to the extent that time and the nature of the emergency refugee situation permit, a hearing to review the proposal to increase refugee admissions shall be held unless public disclosure of the details of the proposal would jeopardize the lives or safety of individuals.”
Trump’s best option would be to get Congress on board with a plan for an emergency increase in refugees from South Africa. He could lean on Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. to also pitch in and accept these threatened farmers.
It’s been done before.
In the early 2000s the U.S. brought nearly 15,000 refugees from Russia’s Meskhetian Turkish Muslim community based on flimsy evidence that they were being persecuted.
Similarly, in 1990 the U.S. Congress adopted legislation creating the Lautenberg program, named after U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, to resettle Soviet Jews in the United States.
The Lautenberg program was then expanded in 2003 to pave the way for persecuted Iranian Christians to be resettled in the U.S.
So the precedent is there. All that is needed is for the president to step up and lead. He should start by drawing awareness to the problem. That would lead to more air time for the South African situation on Fox News and talk-radio shows like Rush Limbaugh who have mass audiences.
Once the awareness is built up, Congress could be pushed to allocate funding. Some of the funding could be transferred from the existing refugee resettlement program, with emergency funding filling in the gaps.
The truth is most Americans have no idea what is going on in South Africa, but if they did, they would likely support a massive refugee airlift.
The reality of life as a white person in post-Apartheid South Africa had been going downhill ever since Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress was handed power in 1994, but the vote to expropriate land could be the accelerant that drives the remaining whites, called Boers, out of the country under threat of mass-murder.
There are already regions of the country where it is illegal for whites to own land, based simply on the color of their skin, but the proposed constitutional changes will take government-sponsored racism to a new level.
Malema, the EFF party leader, has already thrown down the gauntlet.
“We must ensure the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land,” Malema told members of Parliament [YouTube, SABC News, February 27, 2018]. “Those who continue to protect this crime are themselves accused of crime, because those who protect crime are criminals themselves.”
Genocide already underway?
Stefan Molyneux, in a Feb. 10 YouTube podcast, said racial hatred against whites, if it were reversed, would top the evening news every night in the U.S. But since it is whites being killed and driven off their land, the Western elites who control the corporate media remain silent.
The country, under the grip of Marxism, may already be in the initial stages of a genocide. Attacks started to escalate on white landowners one year ago.
Consider the case of Sue Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn. The couple were awakened at 2 a.m. in February 2017 by three men breaking into a window of their farm in Dullstroom, a small town in the remote northeast of South Africa.
The couple, who had lived in the area for 20 years, were tied up, stabbed, and tortured with a blowtorch for several hours. The masked men stuffed a plastic bag down Mrs. Howarth’s throat, and attempted to strangle her husband with a bag around his neck.
Sue’s body was discovered, with a bullet in her head, “amongst some trees, lying in a ditch,” writes Jana Boshoff, reporter for the local Middelburg Observer newspaper. “Her rescuers managed to find her by following her groans of pain and then noticing drag marks from the road into the field. Her husband, also shot, miraculously survived.
‘It’s their own damn fault’
Molyneux said the West should act proactively and resettle South African whites as refugees, before they are killed or imprisoned by the country’s racist government.
“What about the whites who are there right now, who are being targeted [for genocide], the whites who are being targeted for their race, for their ethnicity, for their language, why can’t they be refugees?” Molyneux asks. “Why can’t the whites be airlifted out and given a place of sanctuary? I’ve talked to people in South Africa desperate to get out, it’s very hard to get out at all. Why can’t they? Because they are not considered refugees, they are being targeted for genocide but it’s their own damn fault, according to a popular narrative, and that is some cold-blooded shit I’ll tell you right now.”
Some will argue that the white farmers of South Africa don’t fit the description of a refugee because most aren’t poor and don’t live in tents, but neither did the Meskhetian Turks or Soviet Jews, many of whom had to sell houses and cars before they migrated to the U.S.
According to the 1951 Geneva Convention, a refugee is defined as a person who has a “well-founded fear of persecution” due to their religious or political beliefs, or their racial or ethnic background. No one fits this definition better than white South Africans.
Ann Corcoran, who follows the refugee industry at Refugee Resettlement Watch, said everything in the DNA of the United Nations is geared toward helping refugees who are “of color.” Many, like the Congolese Christians, Sudanese Christians and the Iranian Christians, are quite deserving of refugee status because they are constantly under attack from rival Muslim gangs. But what about the white South Africans? Aren’t they, too, deserving of a fresh start free of persecution?
But proposing refugee status for South African whites is more controversial.
“The left would go nuts” Corcoran said, if Trump launched a plan to rescue them.
It’s also true, however, that the nine federal contractors who get paid by the U.S. government to resettle refugees have fallen on hard financial times due to Trump’s drastic cuts in the number of refugees entering the U.S. Most of these contractors, such as World Relief, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, are Christian agencies that get paid by the head for every refugee they bring to the U.S. With fewer refugees arriving, they have been squawking about having to close offices and pare staffs.
“But this is where we call their bluff,” Corcoran says. “Do you really want more refugees or do you just want to import more Muslims from Africa? Do they not want to save white Christians facing genocide?”
For a Catholic organization, or an evangelical organization like World Relief, that could be a powerful argument.
“This would turn the U.N. on its head, because they have built up this entire meme that only black and brown people are persecuted,” Corcoran said. “They’re not built for that. They’re only built for white people being the evil persecutors of the world.”
Hiding the evidence
Official government crime stats show no evidence of the beginnings of a genocide in South Africa, but don’t be fooled.
Lauren Southern, who recently returned from a fact-finding mission to South Africa, explains why.
“It’s being covered up. The government has stopped collecting data based on race… so they can’t even show these brutal murders are happening disproportionately to whites,” Southern said in the interview with Molyneux. “They are covering up all of these murders as burglaries gone wrong. That is what’s being reported by the police; that is what’s being reported by the government and by the media.”
She said the ANC uses “Black Lives Matter rhetoric” to stoke racial hatred and material envy.
“They not only hate you for being white, they hate you for having things,” Southern said.
A South African airlift would bring not only farmers but highly skilled workers to the West.
That’s because the South African Employee Equity Act of 1998 requires all companies contracting with the South African government to have staffs that mirror exactly the racial makeup of the nation as a whole. Thus, a company cannot employ more than 8 percent whites if it wants to do business with the government. As a result, some of the most qualified engineers and scientists have been laid off, many forced to live in squatter camps.
Contrast those skills with the illiteracy and heavy welfare usage that marks the refugees currently coming to the U.S., more than 95 percent of whom are hand-selected by the United Nations.
If South African white farmers are going to be rescued from their dark fate under that nation’s Marxist rule, it’s going to have to be done in spite of the United Nations.
To be blunt, the U.N. has no interest in rescuing white Christians from a horrendous fate, and it is this inherent racism that requires Congress and President Trump to exercise American sovereignty.
“Truth be told, the one-worlders do not want whites to be designated as refugees,” Corcoran said.
If that were allowed, Pandora’s Box would be opened for the resettlement of other emerging blocs of persecuted white populations.
“The next thing you know, ethnic Swedes and Germans would be demanding resettlement in whatever bastions of Western Civilization remain as they are persecuted in their own countries, which are becoming Islamic states,” Corcoran said.
According to a June 2016 poll, half of Germans already say they feel like foreigners in their own country due to the mass influx of Muslim migrants, up from 43 percent in 2014 and 30 percent in 2009. [Poll: Half of Germans Sometimes Feel Like Foreigners in Own Country, The American Interest, June 15, 2016]
The number-one reason cited for South Africans wanting to immigrate is high crime rates, followed by political and financial instability.
By blaming the country’s problems on “criminals who stole our land,” Malema is essentially giving an open invitation to exterminate the remaining whites.
Will Trump answer the call to rescue the endangered people of South Africa? Or, will he bow to his politically correct advisers and Obama holdovers who will tell him these people are not worth the trouble, not worth the incendiary accusations of “white supremacy” that will come from the hardcore left, the Julius Malemas of the United States?
A version of this story originally appeared at VDARE.com
Leo Hohmann is a veteran journalist and author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” If you appreciate this type of original, fact-based and independent reporting, please consider a donation of any size to this website. We accept no advertising and are beholden to no one.