James Read wat die afgelope 8 jaar Dean of Students / Assistant director of Christ for the Nations Institute by die Dallas Baptist University in Texas, VSA, is, het 'n insiggewende artikel oor Orania geskryf en het dit ook as 'n akademiese tesis by sy universiteit ingedien. Enkele uittreksels uit die artikel lui soos volg:
“The Afrikaners of Orania
“In a recent publication of Elle magazine, Elizabeth Griffin concludes that ‘beauty is diversity.’ With so many different cultures, languages, and skin colors framing our reality, diversity is the fragrance that shapes us, and that blends us all together. Thousands of languages and hundreds of nations bring color, and individually contribute to a rainbow of differences.
“The Afrikaners of Orania on the southern tip of the African continent, one of the many cultural groups that form part of society, is a group in a fight for cultural survival. This is a fight to preserve the Afrikaner culture, a fight to keep their relevance, and a fight for their piece of the rainbow. The Afrikaners of Orania should be allowed to practice their culture without reservation.
“They are one of those groups who find themselves in a battle for cultural survival. Many white South Africans have had to look for opportunities abroad due to Black Economic Empowerment policies implemented by the South African government, a sky high crime rate and rampant farm murders against white South African farmers. These are just some of the factors that have placed the survival of the Afrikaner culture at serious risk. As the Afrikaner culture of South Africa has slowly been influenced and absorbed, and Afrikaner immigration has soared due to the paralyzing Affirmative Action policies, the Afrikaners of Orania are trying to preserve what is left of Afrikaner culture.
“Because of the lack of tolerance for diversity, offense runs rampant. In South Africa, the slightest disagreement or action that is not agreeable is branded as ‘racist’ or presumed to have an ulterior motive. One can hardly drink a cup of white coffee without having an ulterior motive. The system allows for offense to be taken and is freely supported, which justifies the right to feel offended.
“ Where does this form of intolerance for diversity and lack of accommodation for cultural differences come from? In a country that is rampant with crime and has one of the worst murder rates in the world, one can hardly blame the Afrikaners of Orania for choosing to settle in a tiny country town outside of Hopetown, far from the governmental and moral corruption and rampant crime rates in the city.
“Major news networks have run some stories about this community in Orania. It was surprising how opinionated and politically slanted these reports were. A news network that wrote an article stating that this is a ‘whites-only town’, unfortunately failed to recognize that this town is open to people from all races. Spokesperson for Orania, James Kemp, recently said, that ‘anyone that is willing to integrate into that, regardless of skin color, will be welcome in Orania’
“The truth is that the Afrikaners of Orania are some of the most welcoming people and have hosted numerous black government leaders and visitors with open arms and huge smiles. With all the media and political attention that this tiny minority of Afrikaners are receiving, there remain many unanswered questions about the motive of those media outlets and politicians involved. Why do we all have to be the same? Surely, we were created by a creator who found the greatest beauty in diversity.
“Culture is what makes us who we are. It is beautiful. It would be great if total unity could prevail on Earth, if people groups and races could live in harmony, if accommodation could be made for one another and if there could be a common respect for others, their culture and their way of doing things.
“People should be held accountable for the way they treat other cultures and there should be no tolerance for racial prejudice, but to throw the baby out with the bathwater and place strict restrictions around people that suffocates their ability to live within the boundaries of their cultural conviction, is tantamount to genocide. It kills - just at a slower pace.
“Sadly, it is the minorities like the Afrikaners of Orania that are being kicked while they are already down. Much like this Afrikaner community has embraced and loved visitors from all walks of life, black and white, they should be treated the same way.”