Answer by Rory Young:
Thank you for asking me to answer this.
I should point out first that I am NOT South African. I was born and currently live in Central Africa which is very different in many ways. I did go to boarding school for one year in South Africa, three of my siblings now live there and I have visited many times. I am also "Anglo African" so can, I suppose, answer as a non-South-African but with a good knowledge of South Africa and its white people.
First of all, what does it mean to be African?
Africa is vast and its people are incredibly diverse.
Genetically there is more diversity in one indigenous Central African village that there is in the entire indigenous populations of many European countries.
There is more difference between Zulu and a Xhosa, two South African tribes, than there is between a Mongol and Laplander.
Culturally, compare a Muslim Moroccan Berber from the Atlas mountains with an Animist Baka "pygmy" from the Gabonese rainforest.
Or compare an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (one of the oldest Christian societies and churches in the world) with a Kalahari San "Bushman".
All these pictures show how different they look but that is the least of the difference. In terms of religion, language, food, architecture, music, you-name-it they are completely different.
is 30.2 million km in size or ten times the size of India and three times the size of the USA. It has over TWO THOUSAND languages. It has snow capped mountains, deserts, equatorial forests and temperate, Mediterranean coasts.
Africa is a continent, a big one with lots and lots of different peoples living on it.
Now let's look at white South Africans.
There are many different types of white South Africans but most fall into two categories.
Firstly there are the "".
These are people of mostly, but not only, British decent who speak English.
Anglo-Africans really started settling from 1820. Only recent arrivals have any sort of kinship with Britain. They are however mostly Christian, whether Methodist, Catholic, Church of England or other.
They have retained many British habits, including tea-drinking, golf, cricket, rugby, tennis but are for the most part not in favour of football (soccer) or cucumber sandwiches. They speak with their own accent, which varies according to the province they come from.
Secondly there are the.
These are people of mostly, but not only, Dutch, French and German ancestry who speak their own language called.
The Afrikaners first began settling in South Africa in 1623. They have absolutely no ties with the Netherlands other than they are usually members of the Dutch Reformed Church although their own churches are independent of the Dutch Reformed Church hierarchy in the Netherlands.
Not only have they evolved their own language but they have also developed their own culture entirely. Their food for example is quite unique.
During thethe Afrikaners fought the British who wanted to take over the independent States that had been formed by different populations of Afrikaners who had, generations before, left the British-ruled .
The Boers (Afrikaners) fought magnificently against the British who in the end resorted to creating(this was where the term originated) into which they forced many Boer families. Over 26,000 boer women and children died in these concentration camps.
Many Afrikaners are still angry about this to this day. There is a certain but limited amount of mutual animosity and resentment/annoyance between English-speaking and Afrikaans South Africans.
As you can see, neither the Afrikaners nor the English-speaking South Africans could fit into any European society. Their home is South Africa and that is a part of the African continent.
Neither consider themselves black Africans because they are not. They also do not consider themselves European although they may use the term to describe their racial origins. Both groups consider themselves South African in terms of Nationality.
In terms of ethnicity they are two different cultures that both belong in South Africa.
White South Africans see themselves as South Africans and white and as Africans but of different cultures.
The question tribe has been the cause of endless tragedy in Africa and the question of race has been the cause of endless tragedy in South Africa. It is not gone and will not be for many generations. However, it is at least no longer a part of the system of government. There are still many racists of many hues in South Africa and many white South Africans still have a lot to answer for. That does not mean though that everybody there is racist. I spent a year at boarding school in South Africa when I was 13 years old. I can assure you that the attitudes of white South African13 year-olds then and now are drastically different.
As for me. I assume from the "Ask To Answer" you would like to know how I, as a white-African, see myself.
I am of Irish, Scots, Scots-Irish, German (German Jewish actually), French Breton and Cornish ancestry.
I was born in Zambia, to Rhodesian parents (although one was born in Cape Town and one in Northern Rhodesia, the future Zambia) in Zambia. I grew up in Zambia, Rhodesia (formerly Southern Rhodesia), Zimbabwe-Rhodesia (formerly Rhodesia), Zimbabwe (formerly Zimbabwe Rhodesia), Malawi (formerly Nyasaland), France (formerly France), England (only one year and it was too cold). As you can imagine I have given up long ago on the whole nationalism patriotism thing.
As well as English, I speak French (I learned French as a kid so it is very much a part of me) and Dutch (my wife is Dutch so this really is a part of me too) as well as two "African" languages (which I leaned at a young age) and Afrikaans.
I went to eleven schools in five countries and have lived as an adult in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, France, Corsica and The Netherlands and have traveled or worked in many more.
Now, just to well and truly confuse the hell out of everybody, I was made anby Chief Simwatachela of the Zambezi people. Therefore, although I am white, my tribe is Tonga.
Tonga woman with marijuana pipe.
So, if you ask me "straight" what I am..
My answer is..
I am AFRICAN!