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Afrikaner Blood – Learning to be racist in South Africa

Afrikaner blood

“This short multimedia film is the first production of Frog in a tent. It looks at how an extreme right-wing group is teaching young white South Africans to eschew Nelson Mandela’s vision of a multicultural rainbow nation. The fringe group Kommandokorps, led by old-apartheid army leader Franz Jooste, organizes camps during school holidays for Afrikaners, white teenagers of mainly Dutch and German descent. He teaches them to defend themselves against crime in South Africa and that black South Africans are their enemy. He tells them they are firstly Afrikaners and should deny their South African identity. We followed them on one of the camps, where in nine days boys who once carried a budding belief in South Africa’s unity become toughened men with racist ideas.”

This short multimedia (stills and video) tells the story of a sort of summer camp you just wouldn’t send your kids to, there are assertions that groups like this are so few that they only represent a lunatic fringe, still scary.

The BBC has some of the still and video on their site here is the link or you can directly to the Frog In A Tent site here

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