Black man forced into coffin by Afrikaners
- Author: Arturo Norris Nov 09, 2016,
Nov 09, 2016, 9:11
While the majority of South Africans have condemned the cruelty and abuse portrayed in the footage, some are arguing that the Black man must have committed a serious crime to deserve such punishment.
Warning: Viewers may find the contents of this video disturbing. "South Africa Will Never be a safe place for a black child", reads the caption. In fact, the tension between the whites and non-whites seems to be at an all time high.
The video surfaced on YouTube and has been cited as an example of racially-charged brutality which isn't uncommon in the "rainbow nation".
In the video - which went viral on social media at the weekend and has since attracted tens of thousands of views and comments - two white men can be heard discussing how to deal with the black man in the coffin, while one repeatedly tries to shove him inside.
The 20-second clip, which has inflamed anger over lingering racism in South Africa, shows a young man in a football shirt lying in a wooden coffin with only his head and arms visible.
As a second male, holding the camera, is heard threatening to "put a snake" in with the younger black man who struggles and squeals in terror as a lid is closed on him.
The ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), is trying to pass an "anti-racism" law that would jail anyone guilty of "racial bigotry".
But in 2013 the website Africa Check found that whites made up only 1.8% of South African murder victims.
'However, I am extremely concerned that the government is considering resorting to law to try and outlaw racism and I can not see how that will be an effective way to bring about more tolerance in South Africa. It could well make things worse.
Meanwhile, the United States, which shares a tragic yet equally brutal history (and present) of racism by whites against blacks, protects nearly all forms of expression - no matter how offensive of hurtful.
Pro-white groups claim it is they who are in need of protecting.