HOW CAN YOU SAY THE XHOSA KILLED THEIR CATTLE? THE WHITES ROBBED US OF OUR LAND AND CATTLE! I AM XHOSA. YOUR ARTICLE OFFENDS ME.
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your response to our article on The National Suicide of the Xhosa. I'm sorry that you find this historical article offensive. However, it is factual. That is exactly what happened in the 1850s.
Of course there are many Christians amongst the Xhosa today. In fact we have helped in some of the church planting in Khayelitsha and I have ministered throughout the Eastern Cape, Transkei and Ciskei and have many Xhosa friends.
I'm sorry that you have not been taught these facts about your history. But that does not change the fact that it is very well documented and beyond question.
You need to remember that there are many politicians who do what Karl Marx taught: “The first battlefield is the re-writing of history.” There are those with a political agenda who distort history in order to whip up hostility and hatred towards others.
You say that you have been taught that the Xhosas were “robbed of their land and herds of cattle by white men”. The fact is that witchdoctors and false religion (Animism) convinced the Xhosa people to commit national suicide by destroying their own food supplies and livestock. The catastrophic breakup of tribes, clans and families and the social upheaval that resulted from hundreds of thousands of starving Xhosa needing to go to those that they had hoped would be killed, and from whom they had stolen many herds of cattle, to plead for food to survive is an unpleasant, but historical reality that needs to be faced in order to learn from the past and work for a more promising future.
Do not trust political sources for historical truth.
The only hope for any nation is to return to God in Repentance and prayer and to get serious about applying Biblical Principles to all areas of life.
Please let me know your postal address and I will give you a complimentary copy ofThe Biblical Principles for Africa book.
Yours for Reformation and Revival
Dr. Peter Hammond