The other day, we highlighted Barbara Simpson's WND March 12 column in which she claims to quote Genocide Watch founder Gregory Stanton saying things about the purported "white genocide" in South Africa that seem to diverge from his normal tone on the subject, particularly things like "For God’s sake, don’t disarm. Do not disarm."
We contacted Genocide Watch to find out if he really said those things. Stanton responded by email:
Thank you for bringing to my attention an article claiming to "quote" me on "white genocide in South Africa."
They are, as you suspected, a series of "quotes" put together in a way that completely mis-represents my views about the situation in South Africa.
I have made it clear that I do not believe that a "white genocide" is underway in South Africa. See the attached, on our website at: http://media.wix.com/ugd/e5b74f_1ee7467f9e9c4ed5b22f182ed0621523.pdf
The figure quoted in the article that there have been 100,000 murders of whites in South Africa is a gross exaggeration. It is certainly not true since 1994. Indeed far more black South Africans are victims of crime than white South Africans.
Although I don't believe that police in South Africa provide adequate protection to any group, the danger from criminal gangs to farmers who give up their arms is acute. When the notorious "commandos" were disbanded and farmers gave up their arms, they were promised police protection to replace their self-defense. That has not been implemented. But the reason is largely from lack of adequate training, support, and supervision of police forces; not an intentional policy of neglect by the government. Until the crime rate falls, I advised farmers not to give up the arms they possess with permits for their self defense.
I am grateful that you have brought this article to my attention. Please send a rejoinder to the publication that published it. You may quote me.
I just don't have time to respond to all of the mis-representations of the warnings by Genocide Watch about dangerous trends in South Africa and other countries.
Consider it done, Dr. Stanton. We're sending an email link to this post to Simpson's WND email address.