This is pretty amazing stuff. A white South African not only claiming, but receiving refugee status in Canada based on the high crime rate, and the purported anti-white sentiment that inhibits his safety. Not that South Africa is free of race issues, but seriously, check this article out out and ask yourself where this falls on the priority list of refugees - paging Congo!
(props to my South African homey for making fun of me for this story, and thus bringing it to The Esteyonage. He's escaping the 'crime crisis' in S.A. by flying planes in Peshwar and Kabul. Stay safe, bru!)
On a similar tilt, courtesy of Glenna Gordon (who runs a great blog and photo site, if you didn't already know it), give a read of Alex Halperin's insightfully sardonic piece that traverses the complicated issue of race relations in East Africa. Full text here, but a little excerpt that I think sums up some of the hypocrisy that his article wrestles with.
"A few years ago, a Chinese tourist was standing on the rim of Mount Nyiragongo, a live volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, snapping photographs as the lake of lava smoked and bubbled hundreds of yards below her. Straining for an angle, out on a ledge, something happened and she fell like a cartoon character down the inside of the crater. Apparently still alive, she lay a distance from the lava but a first rescue attempt, using a United Nations helicopter, had to be aborted. When a rescue team of climbers finally reached her, she had died. A rebar cross juts out of the volcano's lip where she fell. Within 50 miles of Mount Nyiragongo, tens of thousands of people live in refugee camps. The UN provides them with calories and tarps to sleep under. I don't think it would fish a refugee out of the volcano.
Every day Africans are reminded just how little the world thinks their lives are worth. Many spend their days being counted, patronized, and poked by well-meaning foreigners. Many more are completely ignored."
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