I woke up in such a state this morning at 2 am and then at 3am and then at 4am. I had so much going through my head and most of it is just anger and disappointment. Jasmynes godfathers were involved in an armed robbery last night. Thankfully no one was hurt. This was the second armed robbery in our area in as many weeks.
The police were very helpful they arrived in a cracking 45 minutes! Sure they are just up the road but they were probably busy dealing with real problems so who could really blame them.
So these armed strangers, wait lets be truthful here these thugs, walked into our friends home after going next door. They went next door only to realise that the two women in there were black and apologised to them for disturbing them and then went on to explain that they were only there to rob the white guys and then left. At this point I was raging how dare they make it a race issue. Once I had come to my senses I was thankful. Looking at the lesser of the two evils I am almost thankful that it was a race issue and not some random act of violence, these two woman could have been raped for no reason. Their lives could have been dramatically altered if things were different. So to a degree the things that happened, probably end better than most circumstances.
My friends had guns to their heads, their computer room was trashed, the work they had been doing was either stolen or destroyed. They were face down helplessly wondering what was going to happen next with guns aimed at them. Even though the work was backed up its now gone. Any money they had is gone, along with bank cards and pin numbers. Even if the cards are stopped it will take a while to have it put back into the accounts. Which means that they are going to have a difficult month ahead.
So while I was laying in bed jumping with every sounds around me, I tried to understand what had gone on. People like this make me so angry really they do, the best reason they could come up with for putting a gun to someones head was because they are white. In a world with so many issues already the best excuse they could drum up was race. Honestly that was lame. If I had access to a gun I could think of so many better reasons to put it to someones head, but skin colour? Really? Is that the best they could come up with? I am trying to picture how they planned this.
Hey Bob how about the five of us commit an armed robbery I have the guns laying in the boot
Great idea mike! We can make loads of money and destroy a few lives and careers!
Well bob that depends on what we take.
What will we blame it on if we get caught Mike?
Um, well Bob I didn’t quite think that through, if we say something like we believe they are evil satanists we would have to prove it, so lets just play the race card, it works.
My biggest mistake this time round was not getting Jasmyne out the lounge when they arrived. She sat there wide eyed soaking this all up. So this morning while I was getting ready for work I also had to answer questions like, why did the baddies only say they want to steal from the white mens? I have no one to blame here but myself I should have moved her sooner.
So the big question comes up yet again what do we do, clearly our area is not that safe.
My answer to that is we am staying right where we am! I love my home! I am concerned about my families safety there was a reason I could not sleep last night but I have a bigger project I am working on. I am not going to let these thugs bully us out of our homes. I am going to keep teaching my children that we are better than this and that we do live in a beautiful country. I am going to keep teaching them that no matter what there is never a good reason to put a gun to someones head, there is never a good reason to destroy someones life , there is never a good reason to hurt anyone. I know we are going to win this, if we all stick together and do this the right way.
So no, I am not a sitting duck I would like to see myself as being proactive. I will make more of an effort to get to know my neighbors, I will be more vigilant in terms of keeping my children safe and we will be that change everyone wants to see in South Africa. My question to you is, can you be that too?