[ View the story "South Africans debate #RedOctober protests " on Storify] South Africans debate #RedOctober protests Controversial protests against alleged oppression of white South Africans criticised online.
The Stream· Thu, Oct 10 2013 09:46:27
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Many criticised the
of the protests as well as the
used to back up claims of oppression.
So, for #redoctober, Hoymeyr revealed 'stats', got proven wrong, retracted them, then said "actually, it's cos our feelings are hurt".Kaylon Karrim
the premise on which the red october protests are happening, and why it's (deeply) flawed: africacheck.org/reports/are-wh…Nechama Brodie
Mostly when white groups protest, they often do so to demand back privileges or to protect existing ones. This is wrong. #RedOctoberLazola Ndamase
Others pointed to income and employment gaps between white and black South Africans.
White oppression is so bad in South Africa that White per capita income in 2008 was R75 297 and R9 790 for blacks. #RedOctoberKhaya Dlanga
White people are 9% of the population & have over 50% of the nation's wealth. Now define oppression #RedOctoberTrev
Dear SA white folk, statistically we're the richest, most employed & least murdered race in SA... How exactly are we oppressed? #RedOctoberChris Forrest
Protest supporters, including South African musician Steve Hofmeyr, struck back against detractors on Twitter. Hofmeyr has been
for using statistics that, as he claims, show a high proportion of black-on-white murders.
Just keep following my time-line and see for yourself (why RedOctober is important and right). It's all right here. In black and white.Steve Hofmeyr
@FowziahDavids Just admit you are anti-RedOctober,therefor pro-revolt,pro-violence&the worst model 4 peaceful Muslims worldwideSteve Hofmeyr
#RedOctober - Amazing the idiots bad mouthing a movement with people who lost loved ones due to mostly black racist attacks.Henri LeRiche
Others suggested that the majority of Afrikaners do not support the protests.
Dear Twitter: Please know that the vast majority of Afrikaans people think this #RedOctober thing is nonsense. Crime affects everyone.Dawie Scholtz
@DawieScholtz @afairweather I know Afrikaans people. They're quite embarrassed about #redOctober.Matt Black
The ability of these highly privileged people to feel victimized blows my mind. I hope your #RedOctober flops, you crazy supremacistsAlistair Mackay
For once, I support twitter activism. It's important that white South Africans reject Red October as publicly as they can.Darrel Bristow-Bovey
Some took a more humorous tone.
White people in South Africa are so oppressed that they suffer a whole 6% unemployment rate. #RedOctoberKhaya Dlanga
Ever been so angry that you released hundreds of balloons into the air? #RedOctoberWynand Coetzer
More news: #RedOctober Marchers have now directed their anger at the sun- "why does the sun only burn white people?"Trevor Noah