The black Khoikhoi peoples had first tested “God’s plan” by refusing to supply the Capecolony with sufficient cattle in the earliest days of the Dutch colony. Within one decade of settlement, it became clear “that even under duress the Khoikhoi were unable or unwilling tosupply the meat demanded by several thousand.”
For the Dutch ancestors of the Afrikaner, thiswas not only intolerable to them, it was also most unacceptable in the eyes of the Almighty.After all, to them, the Bible seemed to support the white Elect’s claim that blacks should aidGod’s chosen people as a subservient labor force. The Dutch viewed their Elect status as aguarantee that their culture would remain dominant in South Africa.
Since the black Africanswere obviously not a part of the chosen people’s culture—due to dissimilarities in skin color,religion, etc.—then God must have intended for blacks to subserviently assist the “Elect” on their journey towards fulfillment of His Will. Consequently, the Boers saw the black African as a Sonof Ham, “destined to be a hewer of wood and drawer of water for his white compatriot.”
Whenthe black Khoikhoi, however, refused to satisfy this intended role, the more radical of the Boers(who were also the predecessors of the Afrikaners) started to see the black Africans as a threat toGod’s plan and their very own way of life. “Because of the divine election of Afrikanerdom,anything threatening [the] Afrikaner…became demonic.”
Thus, the more radical members of The Elect began to develop a fearful disdain for their unfriendly African neighbors.
This disdain quickly manifested itself into anti-black violence. The VOC “frequently,and with great brutality, would maintain the authority of the free over the [black] slaves.”
Andlater, after the Dutch Boers had forcibly stripped the Khoikhoi of their land in order to make
Ross, p. 22.
Templin, p. 9. Understanding themselves to be God’s Elect people caused them to see cultural destiny as one whichshould dominate. Because black Africans did not possess the same European culture, it was obvious to the whites that the blacks were not to dominate, according to God’s Will.
Moodie, p. 245.
Ibid., p. 15.
Ibid., p. 15. This disdain soon became fear of the black man and lasted for centuries. “Fear of the black man was ever- present in Afrikaner consciousness.”
Ross, p. 23.