Who Are The White Africans?

A lot of people tend to forget or ignore that there are white ethnic groups in Africa, most people when they think of Africa conjure images of The Lion King, Civil Wars, and Safaris in the Savannah.

But in southern Africa there are three main groups of white Africans: The Afrikaners, Rhodesians, and the Deutschnamibiers.

The Afrikaners are the decedents of Dutch colonists who founded Cape Town in 1652 and fled from the British during “The Great Trek” after the British Empire seized Cape Town during the Napoleonic Wars.

The Rhodesians are a mix of Afrikaners and British pilgrims tasked with finding gold in what is now Zimbabwe and Zambia in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

And the Deutchnamibiers are the descendants of German and Dutch colonists in what is now Namibia, settling in the area in the 1790's.

These three groups make up a large majority of the white African population: With 4.7 Million in South Africa, 100,000 in Zimbabwe, 40,000 in Zambia, and 150,000 in Namibia.

Making the total of white African population in major white African countries 4,990,000.

But white Africans aren't just in Africa, you can find them as far west as the United States and as far east as the Solomon Islands where their population numbers are higher.

Why are there so few white Africans in Africa?

During the 50's and 60's there were many concerns from colonial elites as to what would happen to the whites born in the African colonies, many of the whites left for the UK almost immediately after the colony gained independence (Notably Kenya and Uganda).

But others were more resilient, especially the Rhodesians and Afrikaners.

The Afrikaners by the early 1940's had regained control of South Africa, which now had the South West Africa Protectorate (Modern day Namibia) making up more land the Afrikaners to expand.

That expansion resulted in conflicts with both the native Namibians and the Deutchnamibiers still there after the fall of German South West Africa in WW1, with many skirmishes in the Namibian desert and countryside.

Coupled with the growing Zulu and Xhosa population, the Afrikaner government instituted the now infamous Apartheid System.

In the mid 1990's, Apartheid was scrapped with the combined efforts of the late former South African presidents F.W. deKlerk and Nelson Mandela.

After which black South Africans were free to do the same things as the white minorities could, and though some were grateful for this gesture, some were out for revenge.

The White Genocide refers to various events and incidents in both South Africa and Zimbabwe of white farmers having their lands seized, businesses shut down, and hate crimes towards the Afrikaners and Rhodesians the most major of which is murdering them in their homes.

The peak of white genocide in South Africa was in the mid 2010's, when former South African president Jacob Zuma approved of plans to “Aggressively pursue the reclamation of our lands taken by the white colonizers”.

This aggressive reparation scheme by the now more black supremacist African National Congress (ANC) led to hundreds of farm seizures that contributed to just under 150 acts of murder as “Revenge for Apartheid”.

This has caused many Afrikaners to flee in droves to the UK and Australia.

The Rhodesians had the same issue as South Africa, but it resulted in the infamous Rhodesian Bush War that lasted from 1965-1979, with just under 100,000 people killed on both sides.

In 1964 then prime minister of Southern Rhodesia, Ian Douglas Smith, wanted to declare independence.

The UK government, led by former prime minister Harold Wilson, was more than happy to grant Ian Smith's request on the condition that majority rule was instituted.

Ian Smith and other Rhodesian leaders found these conditions unacceptable and on November 11th 1965 declared a Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), resulting in sanctions being placed on the Rhodesian state by the UK and later the Commonwealth.

Nearly a month later two groups aimed to take down the white minority government: The Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) a militant group of communist Zimbabwean revolutionaries led by the infamous Robert Mugabe, and the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) which was a multi racial political party led by Michael Nkomo.

In 1979, Rhodesia became a bi-racial government led by both Ian Smith and Abel Muzorewa, the first black president of Rhodesia, though despite this historical act of unity the ZANU's still waged war.

In late 1979 Ian Smith, Abel Muzorewa and Robert Mugabe went to Lancaster House in the UK to meet with former prime minister Margaret Thatcher to sign a peace treaty to end the Rhodesian Bush War, and by the summer of 1980 Rhodesia was dissolved into Zimbabwe and elections were held and Robert Mugabe became the president of Zimbabwe until he was ousted on November 21st 2017.

After the transfer of power in 1980, many Rhodesians fled to South Africa and the UK.

In 1987 all white political parties were banned, and by 2014 a single Zimbabwe Dollar was worth £0.00209 (Roughly $0.0026319).

Deutchnamibier is German for German Namibian, after WW1 the British South African Government put the colonists of former German South West Africa on special reservations akin to Native Americans in the United States.

In the 1970's and 1980's the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) began a revolution in the South West Africa Protectorate demanding Independence from South Africa, during this time Deutchnamibiers took up arms with SWAPO as they too had been oppressed by South Africa.

In 1990, Namibia gained independence from South Africa, but because the Deutchnamibiers helped SWAPO they were spared relocation to South Africa or West Germany and were treated as heroes.

White Africans, regardless of the history of Apartheid or the Rhodesian Bush War, deserve the same respect as other minority ethnic groups across the world.

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