Afrikaner predecessors “had confidence that they had a special mandate from God to possess the land, and that God was protecting their faith as well as testing it.”
For the“Elect,” the first of these so-called “tests” had recently come in the form of theindigenous black African.The black Khoikhoi peoples had first tested “God’s plan” by refusing to supplythe Cape colony with sufficient cattle in the earliest days of the Dutch colony. Withinone decade of settlement, it became clear “that even under duress the Khoikhoi wereunable or unwilling to supply the meat demanded by several thousand.”
For the Dutchancestors of the Afrikaner, this was not only intolerable to them, it was also mostunacceptable in the eyes of the Almighty. After all, to them, the Bible seemed to supportthe white Elect’s claim that blacks should aid God’s chosen people as a subservient labor force. The Dutch viewed their Elect status as a guarantee that their culture would remaindominant in South Africa.
Since the black Africans were obviously not a part of thechosen people—due to dissimilarities in skin color, religion, and culture—then God musthave intended for blacks to assist the “Elect” on their journey towards fulfillment of HisWill. Consequently, the Boers saw the black African as a Son of Ham, “destined to be ahewer of wood and drawer of water for his white compatriot.”
When the 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 athreat to God’s plan and their very own way of life. “Because of the divine election of
Templin, p. 19
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 thewhites that the blacks were not to dominate, according to God’s Will.
Moodie, p. 245.