WHILST I do not appreciate the condescending and castigatory tone of Chido Makunike’s response “Confounded by White African”, (Zimbabwe Independent, March 10), to my rebuttal of his article on whites securing a place in Africa, I nevertheless deem it worthy of a reply.
He is probably right when he says that I responded too emotionally, but in my defence, who isn’t getting emotional about the prison conditions we have to live under these days? It may be alright for him in Senegal, but as we all know it’s a different story here.
Nevertheless, if Makunike is serious about being “used to robustly debating issues on their merits” and if he is seriously concerned about his own adopted subject of white Africans securing a place in Africa, he should refrain from twisting what he reads to suit his own views, thereby distorting the truth.
For instance, I made no suggestion of being “terribly offended at the idea of whites integrating fully into the black African lifestyle”. These are his words, not mine. I actually believe that such decisions are the legitimate right of any individual to make.
What I do rebut is the idea that as a group we should do so or risk being shunned. Makunike has no right to suggest that. It is a black nationalist idea derived from black racism and as such, should be given no credence.
Mutual respect, politeness, courtesy and good neighbourliness have always been enough for people of different races and tribes to live in harmony until some freak comes along and starts putting wicked ideas into people’s heads, as we have discovered here.
If Makunike wants to believe that I am “one reason why racial harmony in southern Africa will remain a mirage for some time to come”, he is entitled to that opinion, but he should not twist what I said to give credence to his viewpoint.
I hope we now understand each other, because I really appreciate his obvious disenchantment with the Jonathan Moyos and Tafataona Mahosos of this world.
However, I still make the point that African nationalism far outweighs the reason he cites and apologise profusely if he feels offended because he thinks I am “denying him the right to think for himself and trying to put thoughts into his mind” in the vein of a true- blue colonialist.