DSC_7100I had a few minutes and a glass of wine left before sunset so I thought I’d have a rant about the recent ‘Black Monday’ protest.



Ok, I support your right to wave whatever flag you want.

I would even support a march where only old SA flags are allowed.

Here’s the thing:

Just because you have the ‘right’ to express yourself, does not mean it is the right thing to do.

Think about it like this:

You are at a very busy intersection during peak hour.

It is your turn to go – and you go – causing a massive accident and chaos.


Because this intersection is South Africa: the traffic lights are broken. From your right, a blue Light brigade is approaching, pushing cars into the intersection where they did not really want to be.

On the left, an ambulance is approaching, because of an earlier accident, causing other kinds of chaos.

You don’t notice. You can’t see the Blue Light Brigade approaching because you have a fucking old SA flag taped to your aerial. You can’t hear the ambulance approaching from the left, because you are listening to ‘Die Stem’ on your earphones. In general, you cannot see what is happening in front of you, because you are so busy looking in the rear-view mirror into the past.


Yes, technically, you had ‘right of way’, but you caused kak at the interchange. You caused a deadlock. People can’t move further.

Not cool. Not clever.

Catch a fucking wake up!



Oh my god, the moral outrage at those flag. And I am specifically targeting white people here, because I can. I am talking to the “Ons is nie almal so nie”s and the #notallwhites.

Julle kan ook almal fokof. Ek is nou moeg vir julle kak ook. I know it is not ‘all whites’ but there are enough whites to warrant concern. That is not my concern.


The problem with the indignation and moral condemnation is 3 fold – and I was one of the first to be guilty. My initial instinct when I saw those old SA flags was to thinkl:
“Watse dom Afrikaanse Neandertal poeste.” I made that judgment without facts. The reality is that most of the photos circulated on social media was ‘fake news’. Nothing to do with the march at all. It drowned out the real accounts of fellow marchers who approached Old SA flag wearers who simply told the offenders: “Jirrre, Ouboet. Raak onstlae van daai vlaggie op jou T-Shirt. Ons het mos gese ons doen nie dit vandag nie..”

Moral indignation can make you blind to the truth or the numbers.

Secondly, moral outrage can also bring the traffic to a standstill, because you are so eager for everyone to see you being virtuous.

“Stop! Stop the traffic! It was not me! Look at me!”

It is easy to be morally outraged at the small minority who wave the old SA flag, but it’s not reason enough to cause a traffic jam where the overwhelming majority stops for the small minority.

Most dangerous though about moral outrage is that it prevents us from having the real and difficult conversations. It is easy to target the extremes (left and right). It is harder to have the more nuanced conversations. The real conversations.

Maybe that is whey the moral outrage is so loud? It’s easier.

Absolutely, I recognise flags as powerful symbols of peace and unification – or alternatively hate and separation – AND (not necessarily BUT) – it is also just a piece of cloth with patterns on it.

Wherever you are on the see-saw of the debate, we all have a choice on how to respond to patterns on a fucking piece of cloth!!

Yes, there are those few poepols in the queue waving the old SA flag.

Fok hulle. Die res van ons gaan voort. Ons moet deur hierdie kruising kom!

We can’t stop the forward migration of the herd because a few assholes are waving bits of material around whose markings offend some of us.

Verstaan jy!?

traffic jam


What must happen? Fix the traffic lights? Wrong.

In a famous experiment, a Traffic Engineer removed traffic lights at busy intersections. Everyone expected traffic flow to slow down. The opposite happened. Why? When humans are exposed to situations which are uncertain, they operate better. They think for themselves. They are more alert. They are more cautious. They negotiate better with the people who share the road with them.

It is the same with us in South Africa. We are going to have ti fix this by ourselves.

Traffic lights/rules’/government can’t do it for us. We simply have to learn to negotiate better and face the harder conversations.

We are going to have to learn how to STOP – even when the light is ‘green’ for you.

And we are going to have to learn to yield. YIELD. That is how we can get forward on this journey we all have a vested interested in. Conversations about the flag are just decoys. It is much harder than that.

I’m moving forward and I am not letting the cunts with the old flags derail me.

Who’s with me? We can talk while we walk. Hell, we can even argue.

It’s simple this thing really. Difficult, but simple. Ask yourself one question:

Every day, in big or small ways – whether I intend to or not – am I causing kak at Gilloolys or not?



PS: Andile Mngxitama et al. Jy kan maar ook hierdie preek lees. I don’t agree that songs suggesting ‘Kill the Boer’ should have been banned and I am not offended by those songs. I believe you have the right to sing/express those sentiments, but Ouboet, are you really helping us move forward? Jy kan ook fokken wakker word …..




2 Comments Add yours

  1. SidevieW says:

    Yup, everyone has the right to an opinion, but then they also have a need to have common sense. We need less of these distracting ‘fake news’ and more real conversations instead of just ‘taking a stand’.
    ps – talking about flags, did you ever see Eddie Izard’s piece about how the Brits used flags to become the empire?


    1. asksamson says:

      Will check Eddie’s piece out, thanks. Thanks for reading.


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