The selling points are abundant farmland, relative safety and a country that holds tight to traditional Christian values.
What is not said — but clearly understood — is how this fits neatly into the identity politics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
… Yet inside Russia, much of his support grows from the idea of Russia as the caretaker for a white, Christian and old-style order — rejecting “so-called tolerance, genderless and infertile,” in Putin’s own words in 2013.
Such comments have helped elevate Putin’s stature among populists and nativist-driven political movements in the West.
Certainly, as I keep pointing out, this would come as a great surprise to Russian nationalists themselves.
Add to that the unease among some white South African farmers as the country debates possible land redistribution to redress racial imbalances during apartheid.
As one wit on Le Reddit put it: “Add to that the unease among some white South African Russian farmers as the country the Bolshevik government debates possible land redistribution to redress racial class imbalances during apartheid the Czarist times.”
South Africa’s land expropriation debate and the myth of “white genocide” have been a rallying cry for white nationalists around the world for years.
Your elites want you dead.
Whites still own the majority of land in South Africa, despite making up less than 10 percent of the population of 56 million.
Jews constitute more than a third of American billionaires, despite making up about 2% of the American population.
But somehow I don’t see WaPo ever making this point.
The purported plight of white South Africans — long a rallying cry of global far-right movements — caught the attention of President Trump last month. After watching a segment about the issue on Fox News, he asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study the “large-scale killing” of white farmers and the government’s land expropriation issue.
The tweet was the president’s first, at least while in office, to contain the word “Africa.” South Africa’s government denounced Trump’s remarks.
Can’t do without the mandatory Drumpf dig.
Anyhow, what this demonstrates is that Russia is angering all the correct people. So far as the Boers are concerned it should keep on doing the same thing.