It doesn’t matter how many Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) versus the Waitress articles and tweets you’ve read, THIS IS THE ONE YOU SHOULD READ, the one whose link you post beneath every irritating commentator who tries to deform criticism of a narcissist’s arseholic act of degradation into examples of white imperialism:
“…What [were the Left] to do? Well there was the fundraising, of course. Thank god for that. Let’s focus on that. Who are these people? (RMF Rule 1: Interrogate Motive); What is their race? (RMF Rule 2: From race all analysis flows); and how can we use these two things to drive our analysis? (RMF Rule 3: Colonialism lives).
So what follows was a petty attempt to try to frame the whole thing as some kind of biased act of altruism — whites looking out for whites, and so on. Why did whites not raise money for black victims of white racism and so on and so forth? Only, this had nothing to do with charity or empathy. It was an entirely political gesture. Every rand donated was someone going “f**k you” to #RhodesMustFall. It’s not rocket science. Really, pay attention guys.
No one knows the race of those who donated [except that the first donator was, ironically, black – a fact conveniently ignored] – it was all done anonymously – so the next best thing, therefore, was to focus on those doing the raising. If they are white, all donations must have been from white people. Nice theory. No evidence. Fail…”
Read Gareth van Onselen’s brilliant article at Business Day.