Letter to the Editor of a Professional Journal

The following letter was written following an extremely anti-white article in a Professional Magazine, the editor declined to publish this letter for fear of negative repercussions.

The article that this letter responds to reported that three “black” graduates had left the Engineering profession and sought work in other industries as result of alleged harsh racial attitudes on the part of senior white engineers and cited various statements made by these graduates to prove their case.  Based on my own experience it was palpably obvious that the allegations were completely unfounded and false, and, accordingly, I wrote the following letter:

 

“To the Editor …,

Dear Sir,

Racism in our magazine

I read your piece "…” this evening and have been lying awake unable to sleep I am so greatly disturbed by what you write for I am one of those senior white engineers that you slander in your article.

I want to offer you some thoughts for consideration to rebut the statements made in your article.

When I was deciding what to study at University, my father, a Chartered Accountant, said to me "son it is less important what you study than that you go to University – they will teach you to think".

He was right, I no longer practice in formal Engineering yet I still hold myself to be an Engineer and I am daily grateful for all that I learned at University.

Many of those who graduated with me also left the profession, but all of us are proud of our engineering heritage, NONE of us blame the senior members of the profession for our decision to pursue different occupations.  The fact that the black people you associate with find it necessary to blame senior engineers for their decision to leave the profession and the fact that you present their excuses and blame as FACT stuns me!

Sir, in the world I live in, as one who is immensely proud of being a Professional Engineer and who constantly champions the "disciplines of engineering", I suggest for your consideration that successful senior engineers stand for ethics, integrity, accountability, … the senior engineers that I know are all men and women of the highest calibre and I assert without fear of contradiction that every one of the senior white engineers who read your article will be grievously hurt and insulted by your article.  We do NOT do race, we do excellence and professional accountability!

We live in a harsh world where small errors cause large failures with huge consequences and potentially loss of life.  We live in a world of precision, of check and double check.  We live in a world where our signature on a drawing, specification or report  can mean professional banishment and even imprisonment if we are found to be negligent and yet you have the temerity to suggest that our critical evaluation of our subordinates is racist!?

 

http://www.cracked.com/article_19623_6-small-math-errors-that-caused-huge-disasters.html

 

You have introduced race into the hallowed halls of my professional journal, I will now respond.

It is so that different people have different aptitudes and different knowledge and experience sets.

I believe that people of ALL colours CAN become highly competent engineers, let nothing that follows be interpreted differently.  However, they must be properly trained.  To be properly trained they must first own their ignorance!  The problems illuminated by your comments and addressed in this response occur with different levels of intensity ranging from not at all to extremely intense and they occur with people of all race groups to varying degrees.  It is a reality that they are most prevalent and most severe in the group you refer to as "black" – that is "Indigenous African People" as they are referred to in certain race orientated legislation.

I have written at length about the importance of early childhood knowledge and experience that is far more significant than race.  Yes, there is a strong correlation with race but it applies just as much to whites raised in sub-optimal surroundings as it does to blacks.  The difference is that if, as a white senior engineer I encounter an incompetent white junior I give him a firm talking to once or twice and then I assist him to leave my employ and go somewhere else where he will not threaten lives with his incompetence.  If I treat a black man the same way I am branded a racist and told that I have to nurture him and stroke him and pander to his ignorance (as in your article) because if not I will face economic sanctions by government and possibly even criminal events that threaten my wife and children!  That is the harsh reality that we live with as whites in South Africa today.

But, "discrimination", "disadvantage", etc I hear you cry.

What discrimination and disadvantage?

What I do today I developed myself, I did NOT steal it from a black man, my father was a Chartered Accountant, he did NOT steal that from a black man, my grandfather was an importer, he did NOT steal that from a black man – so I have nothing to be ashamed of, I have built my business working six day weeks, sixteen hour days, sinking every spare cent into research and development and now somehow I am a racist because I refuse to hire some incompetent person on the basis of their skin colour, rather than hire on the basis of ability to add value to my business?

Harsh reality is that when the white man arrived in South Africa there was NO technology, NO infrastructure, NO commerce, NO formal agriculture, NO writing, NO mathematics, etc – the white man brought all these things from countries with impressive structures, infrastructure and technology going back hundreds and even thousands of years – why are we wrong for being proud of our heritage and why is it OUR fault because "Indigenous Africans" do NOT have such a heritage?

I grew up with exposure to engineering, I was designing and building things when I was six years old, I was an engineer BEFORE I set foot in University; University simply gave me the formal knowledge to design and build much more sophisticated structures and systems building on centuries of formal learning in white society.  A University degree does NOT entitle a black person to be an engineer, it entitles them to work their butts off the way I and all my peers did in order that we might, by dint of QUALITY hard work, qualify for that exalted title "PrEng"!

I learned things like the management of time, resources, finances, self-discipline, accountability, motivating investments from my parents BEFORE I was nearly old enough to enter University.  I had read hundreds of books, I had achieved high marks for projects at school to high standards.  I had sat at dinner with my parents peers and learned how to respectfully engage in conversation with them.  All of us "white"(your language) engineers had this asset base when we walked onto campus for the first time at some level, so do our children and grandchildren bring this knowledge and experience with them to campus.

Fact is that many black people do NOT learn all, or even many, these things or have these experiences before they arrive at University and the Universities, despite massive political interference, do not recognize the need to teach these things to people from so-called “disadvantaged backgrounds”.  How then does a person from such a background presume to demand equal treatment when they are not equipped to do the work and THEIR government does not dain to teach them?

Regarding language, how is it my fault if a man comes to me with a so-called “Degree” but does not understand what I say and cannot write a meaningful report?  I recently had a "graduate" with a Bachelor's degree travel the country with me at company expense to attend the SAME presentation ten times and yet in the end he was unable to produce a cogent technical report on what he had heard TEN times.  If he was white I would have told him in no uncertain terms that he was in the wrong place but, because he was black, I had to be "diplomatic" and write a detailed outline for him.  He messed up filling in the gaps in that as well and having wasted weeks the document was too late to be relevant and still not up to standard.

I spent many hours of non-billable time over and above the time he spent shadowing me attempting to mentor and teach someone who could not be taught.  At the outset I explained the need for him to take notes, he took a few scrappy and meaningless notes.  I explained why he should ask questions.  He did NOT ask questions and when I asked if he had questions he answered "no", he claimed he understood everything.  I arranged matters so that he could travel with me in order for him to engage with me and learn from me but he made no attempt to respond to my attempts to engage with him.

Eventually I requested that he was removed from my project having confronted the harsh reality that I could not teach him because he was not teachable and that he would not help me in any constructive way with routine "menial?" work.  There were other incidents where he wasted hours of time, missed deadlines, dropped balls and generally messed up before I reached the point of requesting his removal.  I gave him the best I could but he was not able to gain from the opportunity.  There have been other cases with other black people.

BUT he remains with the company in order to meet racial quotas and, like the men in your article, finds himself doing "menial" tasks because that is all he is able to do!

At the same time I spent about eight hours over a period of several months with a white graduate of the same age who went off and ON HIS OWN produced an excellent piece of computer software on time and within budget that exceeded my expectations.  Which man do you think I would rather invest in?

But Apartheid!!

What about Apartheid?

Yes there were things that were wrong – but remember, black people lost the war and the history of war around the world for thousands of years tells us that there is no obligation on those who win wars to help those who lose them.   It does happen but nowhere in the rule book is this stipulated as a requirement.  We are thirty years past the point at which the South African government started dismantling Apartheid and pushing affirmative action, we are seventeen years into black government and the legacy we sit with is the legacy of lack of knowledge that existed when whites arrived in South Africa.  The key thing you can lay at the door of Apartheid is that whites did not try as hard as they might have done to advance blacks and, yes, there WAS unacceptable repression and violence.  I grant you that, BUT we have apologized, we have eaten humble pie, we have handed over our nation and our government to black people who are increasingly breaking down the economy and infrastructure and adopting an increasingly hostile attitude toward us.

Furthermore I never supported Apartheid, I voted against it, my father voted against it, my parents engaged in all sorts of activities to uplift and develop black people.  I was also discriminated against because I was English but it did not hold me back.

There is a harsh reality, seventeen years after the end of World War Two Germany had in large measure rebuilt its economy and went on to become one of the leading economies in the world through hard work, careful management of finances, etc.  Black South Africans who had a thriving economy handed to them on a plate seventeen years ago are still whining about Apartheid and continuously passing legislation and engaging in corrupt practices that are breaking down what we handed to them.  Apartheid is no longer a valid excuse.

While we are on the subject of "menial", in my experience as an engineer, there is no such thing as "menial" – every task is important no matter how basic and a good engineer will muck in and do whatever is necessary for the project to be completed on time and within budget to requirement.  "Menial" is language of the proud, only an arrogant person regards some form of activity as "menial" and that, sir, is a major problem with black people – because they have now presumed to be important they become arrogant and impossible to teach – not all, but many.

Note also that engineering is fundamentally about attention to detail.  It is so that junior staff on a project DO have to do high detail, repetitive work but that work is critical and requires engineering training in order for the person doing the work to identify anomalies and ensure the detail is precise.  Large structures and systems fail because of small detail errors – study the literature.  If that is what your friends are complaining about then, sir, those people are NOT engineers and never will be!

Note also that in Banking, Insurance and Brewing people are not placed at risk of death or harm as a consequence of negligence or incompetence and there are large indirect safety nets and cushions.  If you understood the harsh realities of Engineering you would understand that those who opt out of Engineering to move to Banking, Insurance and Brewing do so to industries where any lack of competence is not so glaringly brought into focus.

I also draw your attention to the reality that no matter what form of Engineering Enterprise your friends were employed in, those senior engineers need to show a positive return on money expended on salaries.  Putting black juniors onto "menial" tasks because of racial ugliness does NOT pay their salaries so I conclude from own experience that in all likelihood your friends were so incompetent that there was nothing else they could be used for and their employers took a massive loss in order to meet affirmative action quotas.  I submit that no engineer in his right commercial mind will devalue a competent resource in the way you suggest was done in those cases.

Furthermore, I, and I have it the vast majority of my peers and colleagues, are people of goodwill, we desire the best for our junior staff, we believe the best of people, we will go the extra mile but, as in the case above, when the graduate is so lacking in basic knowledge and experience that we cannot gainfully use them in any shape or form, we are left with little choice but to let them go or use them in low level positions because we are not equipped to fill the gap of cultural deficiencies going back generations.

Returning to language, it is a choice on the part of black parents to raise their children to speak English as first language or teach them their "mother tongue", it was the choice of our black government to introduce Outcomes Based Education and champion "mother tongue education" and in the process trash all that was working.  Yet somehow I am racist when the products of these decisions by black people fail to make the grade?

Furthermore only 9% of South Africans are white, how on earth is it the responsibility of that 9% to make good the lack of technical knowledge and lack of technical heritage of the remainder of the population who never had it in the first place?

We can share, we can do our best to teach but at the end of the day we have to make a living and we have to make sure that what we do is of a sufficiently high standard that lives are not placed at risk or commercial damage caused and we retain our licences.

Much of the problem stems from the Dunning-Kruger effect which is summarized as: "a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes.  The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities..." (Wikipedia and other sources) – thus the incompetent (black in terms of your definition) grossly over-estimate their own knowledge and experience and under estimate the knowledge and experience of their superiors (whites by your language) and put the consequences of their incompetence down to discrimination thereby disempowering themselves and their superiors from doing anything to improve the situation.

I first experienced Dunning-Kruger "in my face" some years ago when in facilitating strategic planning sessions using numeric measures of performance I found black delegates rating the performance of their organization at 7 or 8 out of 10 while their white colleagues rated the SAME organization at 4 to 5 out of 10.  It was a massive problem, the blacks were sitting back complacently believing they were doing an excellent job and the whites were frantically doing all in their power to improve a situation, which in their opinion, was heading for catastrophic demise!

In the case of the graduate that I attempted to mentor above I rate him at perhaps 2 out of 10 where 0 is could not be worse and 10 is could not be better, he was busy planning to enrol for a Master's degree so I assume he rated himself at about 7 out of 10.  He did not have the most elementary appreciation of what he did not know and I suspect that had I tried to really make him aware of it he would have accused me of being racist!  For all I know he messed up various tasks I gave him because he regarded them as menial and beneath his dignity!?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is evident throughout South African society and is in the process of destroying our economy.  The probability of massive economic collapse within five to twenty years is significant and increasing.

Over one million whites have left the country, 800 graduate professionals are leaving monthly.  Articles like yours can reasonably be expected to accelerate the Exodus; you have certainly materially diminished my will to believe the best!

Then, relating to your slanderous attack on me and my peers you overlook another fundamental – people who are good with technology are NOT good with people in the same way that people who are good with people are not good with technology.  So senior technologists, the engineers you attack, are not well equipped to handle conflict and confrontation and so, for the most part, we back off.

Add to this the reality of harsh racially inspired sanctions and penalties and a thinly disguised fear of physical retribution and what are we left with?  Because I have concerns that we are not living in a true democracy any longer, and that business trauma and possibly violence are real, I have eventually decided to request that this letter be published under a non-deplume and I have chosen not to tell my wife I am writing it.

What does that say about these "disadvantaged" ones whose cause you champion?

It is time for blacks to cease demanding things that they are NOT entitled to and start behaving like whites – work hard without complaining, accept that if someone else gets promoted above you it is because they are BETTER than you are and therefore YOU work harder, YOU ask intelligent questions, YOU focus on improving yourself instead of blaming me for your incompetence – go to night school if necessary!

There ARE ways of dealing with the Dunning-Kruger problem – undertake critical issues analysis of the non-academic skills that successful white (your language) engineers have and that black (your language) would-be engineers lack and put them through a one or two year foundation laying course before admitting them into first year University.  BUT, this requires that our black government and black people recognize that Dunning-Kruger is real, that most blacks are inadequately equipped for the work they aspire to do and that such investment of time and money is necessary and, in fact, essential.  I have tried on several occasions to promote such a concept but it seems that no one is interested.  There is an opportunity for you and others to promote such a concept and I will willingly provide input to a properly funded results orientated initiative that is willing to be frank about the nature of the problem and seek ways to resolve it – in other words, an engineering initiative.

Sir, you are employed to represent ALL the members of our Profession and further OUR BEST INTERESTS and that includes me and all my white colleagues.  Your article is an affront to technical accuracy and an affront to those you are supposed to represent.  An engineer of character on hearing stories such as those you air publicly would intervene with the organizations concerned and seek to learn the truth and resolve the problem, engage with other senior engineers in order to facilitate and to understand but NOT chase the story like some immature news hound and report something which even the most elementary consideration must indicate is racially based slander of the worst order.

I consider this entirely unacceptable and, accordingly, together with this letter to the editor I am submitting a second letter to the … Council requesting that you be censured and put on notice that recurrence of this abhorrent behaviour will result in termination of your appointment.

Sir, if you are to deserve the high office that you hold, funded by those you attack, I challenge you to step up to the plate and right now apologize to us senior white engineers for your insensitive racist remarks at our expense, take a stand against empty racist entitlement and start preaching a message of competence, hard work, diligence and accountability for all – it is time we start treating blacks like whites instead of holding pity parties such as you are guilty of in your article.

 

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The following letter was written following an extremely anti-white article in a Professional Magazine, the editor declined to publish this letter for fear of negative repercussions.

The article that this letter responds to reported that three “black” graduates had left the Engineering profession and sought work in other industries as result of alleged harsh racial attitudes on the part of senior white engineers and cited various statements made by these graduates to prove their case.  Based on my own experience it was palpably obvious that the allegations were completely unfounded and false, and, accordingly, I wrote the following letter:

 

“To the Editor …,

Dear Sir,

Racism in our magazine

I read your piece "…” this evening and have been lying awake unable to sleep I am so greatly disturbed by what you write for I am one of those senior white engineers that you slander in your article.

I want to offer you some thoughts for consideration to rebut the statements made in your article.

When I was deciding what to study at University, my father, a Chartered Accountant, said to me "son it is less important what you study than that you go to University – they will teach you to think".

He was right, I no longer practice in formal Engineering yet I still hold myself to be an Engineer and I am daily grateful for all that I learned at University.

Many of those who graduated with me also left the profession, but all of us are proud of our engineering heritage, NONE of us blame the senior members of the profession for our decision to pursue different occupations.  The fact that the black people you associate with find it necessary to blame senior engineers for their decision to leave the profession and the fact that you present their excuses and blame as FACT stuns me!

Sir, in the world I live in, as one who is immensely proud of being a Professional Engineer and who constantly champions the "disciplines of engineering", I suggest for your consideration that successful senior engineers stand for ethics, integrity, accountability, … the senior engineers that I know are all men and women of the highest calibre and I assert without fear of contradiction that every one of the senior white engineers who read your article will be grievously hurt and insulted by your article.  We do NOT do race, we do excellence and professional accountability!

We live in a harsh world where small errors cause large failures with huge consequences and potentially loss of life.  We live in a world of precision, of check and double check.  We live in a world where our signature on a drawing, specification or report  can mean professional banishment and even imprisonment if we are found to be negligent and yet you have the temerity to suggest that our critical evaluation of our subordinates is racist!?

 

http://www.cracked.com/article_19623_6-small-math-errors-that-caused-huge-disasters.html

 

You have introduced race into the hallowed halls of my professional journal, I will now respond.

It is so that different people have different aptitudes and different knowledge and experience sets.

I believe that people of ALL colours CAN become highly competent engineers, let nothing that follows be interpreted differently.  However, they must be properly trained.  To be properly trained they must first own their ignorance!  The problems illuminated by your comments and addressed in this response occur with different levels of intensity ranging from not at all to extremely intense and they occur with people of all race groups to varying degrees.  It is a reality that they are most prevalent and most severe in the group you refer to as "black" – that is "Indigenous African People" as they are referred to in certain race orientated legislation.

I have written at length about the importance of early childhood knowledge and experience that is far more significant than race.  Yes, there is a strong correlation with race but it applies just as much to whites raised in sub-optimal surroundings as it does to blacks.  The difference is that if, as a white senior engineer I encounter an incompetent white junior I give him a firm talking to once or twice and then I assist him to leave my employ and go somewhere else where he will not threaten lives with his incompetence.  If I treat a black man the same way I am branded a racist and told that I have to nurture him and stroke him and pander to his ignorance (as in your article) because if not I will face economic sanctions by government and possibly even criminal events that threaten my wife and children!  That is the harsh reality that we live with as whites in South Africa today.

But, "discrimination", "disadvantage", etc I hear you cry.

What discrimination and disadvantage?

What I do today I developed myself, I did NOT steal it from a black man, my father was a Chartered Accountant, he did NOT steal that from a black man, my grandfather was an importer, he did NOT steal that from a black man – so I have nothing to be ashamed of, I have built my business working six day weeks, sixteen hour days, sinking every spare cent into research and development and now somehow I am a racist because I refuse to hire some incompetent person on the basis of their skin colour, rather than hire on the basis of ability to add value to my business?

Harsh reality is that when the white man arrived in South Africa there was NO technology, NO infrastructure, NO commerce, NO formal agriculture, NO writing, NO mathematics, etc – the white man brought all these things from countries with impressive structures, infrastructure and technology going back hundreds and even thousands of years – why are we wrong for being proud of our heritage and why is it OUR fault because "Indigenous Africans" do NOT have such a heritage?

I grew up with exposure to engineering, I was designing and building things when I was six years old, I was an engineer BEFORE I set foot in University; University simply gave me the formal knowledge to design and build much more sophisticated structures and systems building on centuries of formal learning in white society.  A University degree does NOT entitle a black person to be an engineer, it entitles them to work their butts off the way I and all my peers did in order that we might, by dint of QUALITY hard work, qualify for that exalted title "PrEng"!

I learned things like the management of time, resources, finances, self-discipline, accountability, motivating investments from my parents BEFORE I was nearly old enough to enter University.  I had read hundreds of books, I had achieved high marks for projects at school to high standards.  I had sat at dinner with my parents peers and learned how to respectfully engage in conversation with them.  All of us "white"(your language) engineers had this asset base when we walked onto campus for the first time at some level, so do our children and grandchildren bring this knowledge and experience with them to campus.

Fact is that many black people do NOT learn all, or even many, these things or have these experiences before they arrive at University and the Universities, despite massive political interference, do not recognize the need to teach these things to people from so-called “disadvantaged backgrounds”.  How then does a person from such a background presume to demand equal treatment when they are not equipped to do the work and THEIR government does not dain to teach them?

Regarding language, how is it my fault if a man comes to me with a so-called “Degree” but does not understand what I say and cannot write a meaningful report?  I recently had a "graduate" with a Bachelor's degree travel the country with me at company expense to attend the SAME presentation ten times and yet in the end he was unable to produce a cogent technical report on what he had heard TEN times.  If he was white I would have told him in no uncertain terms that he was in the wrong place but, because he was black, I had to be "diplomatic" and write a detailed outline for him.  He messed up filling in the gaps in that as well and having wasted weeks the document was too late to be relevant and still not up to standard.

I spent many hours of non-billable time over and above the time he spent shadowing me attempting to mentor and teach someone who could not be taught.  At the outset I explained the need for him to take notes, he took a few scrappy and meaningless notes.  I explained why he should ask questions.  He did NOT ask questions and when I asked if he had questions he answered "no", he claimed he understood everything.  I arranged matters so that he could travel with me in order for him to engage with me and learn from me but he made no attempt to respond to my attempts to engage with him.

Eventually I requested that he was removed from my project having confronted the harsh reality that I could not teach him because he was not teachable and that he would not help me in any constructive way with routine "menial?" work.  There were other incidents where he wasted hours of time, missed deadlines, dropped balls and generally messed up before I reached the point of requesting his removal.  I gave him the best I could but he was not able to gain from the opportunity.  There have been other cases with other black people.

BUT he remains with the company in order to meet racial quotas and, like the men in your article, finds himself doing "menial" tasks because that is all he is able to do!

At the same time I spent about eight hours over a period of several months with a white graduate of the same age who went off and ON HIS OWN produced an excellent piece of computer software on time and within budget that exceeded my expectations.  Which man do you think I would rather invest in?

But Apartheid!!

What about Apartheid?

Yes there were things that were wrong – but remember, black people lost the war and the history of war around the world for thousands of years tells us that there is no obligation on those who win wars to help those who lose them.   It does happen but nowhere in the rule book is this stipulated as a requirement.  We are thirty years past the point at which the South African government started dismantling Apartheid and pushing affirmative action, we are seventeen years into black government and the legacy we sit with is the legacy of lack of knowledge that existed when whites arrived in South Africa.  The key thing you can lay at the door of Apartheid is that whites did not try as hard as they might have done to advance blacks and, yes, there WAS unacceptable repression and violence.  I grant you that, BUT we have apologized, we have eaten humble pie, we have handed over our nation and our government to black people who are increasingly breaking down the economy and infrastructure and adopting an increasingly hostile attitude toward us.

Furthermore I never supported Apartheid, I voted against it, my father voted against it, my parents engaged in all sorts of activities to uplift and develop black people.  I was also discriminated against because I was English but it did not hold me back.

There is a harsh reality, seventeen years after the end of World War Two Germany had in large measure rebuilt its economy and went on to become one of the leading economies in the world through hard work, careful management of finances, etc.  Black South Africans who had a thriving economy handed to them on a plate seventeen years ago are still whining about Apartheid and continuously passing legislation and engaging in corrupt practices that are breaking down what we handed to them.  Apartheid is no longer a valid excuse.

While we are on the subject of "menial", in my experience as an engineer, there is no such thing as "menial" – every task is important no matter how basic and a good engineer will muck in and do whatever is necessary for the project to be completed on time and within budget to requirement.  "Menial" is language of the proud, only an arrogant person regards some form of activity as "menial" and that, sir, is a major problem with black people – because they have now presumed to be important they become arrogant and impossible to teach – not all, but many.

Note also that engineering is fundamentally about attention to detail.  It is so that junior staff on a project DO have to do high detail, repetitive work but that work is critical and requires engineering training in order for the person doing the work to identify anomalies and ensure the detail is precise.  Large structures and systems fail because of small detail errors – study the literature.  If that is what your friends are complaining about then, sir, those people are NOT engineers and never will be!

Note also that in Banking, Insurance and Brewing people are not placed at risk of death or harm as a consequence of negligence or incompetence and there are large indirect safety nets and cushions.  If you understood the harsh realities of Engineering you would understand that those who opt out of Engineering to move to Banking, Insurance and Brewing do so to industries where any lack of competence is not so glaringly brought into focus.

I also draw your attention to the reality that no matter what form of Engineering Enterprise your friends were employed in, those senior engineers need to show a positive return on money expended on salaries.  Putting black juniors onto "menial" tasks because of racial ugliness does NOT pay their salaries so I conclude from own experience that in all likelihood your friends were so incompetent that there was nothing else they could be used for and their employers took a massive loss in order to meet affirmative action quotas.  I submit that no engineer in his right commercial mind will devalue a competent resource in the way you suggest was done in those cases.

Furthermore, I, and I have it the vast majority of my peers and colleagues, are people of goodwill, we desire the best for our junior staff, we believe the best of people, we will go the extra mile but, as in the case above, when the graduate is so lacking in basic knowledge and experience that we cannot gainfully use them in any shape or form, we are left with little choice but to let them go or use them in low level positions because we are not equipped to fill the gap of cultural deficiencies going back generations.

Returning to language, it is a choice on the part of black parents to raise their children to speak English as first language or teach them their "mother tongue", it was the choice of our black government to introduce Outcomes Based Education and champion "mother tongue education" and in the process trash all that was working.  Yet somehow I am racist when the products of these decisions by black people fail to make the grade?

Furthermore only 9% of South Africans are white, how on earth is it the responsibility of that 9% to make good the lack of technical knowledge and lack of technical heritage of the remainder of the population who never had it in the first place?

We can share, we can do our best to teach but at the end of the day we have to make a living and we have to make sure that what we do is of a sufficiently high standard that lives are not placed at risk or commercial damage caused and we retain our licences.

Much of the problem stems from the Dunning-Kruger effect which is summarized as: "a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes.  The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities..." (Wikipedia and other sources) – thus the incompetent (black in terms of your definition) grossly over-estimate their own knowledge and experience and under estimate the knowledge and experience of their superiors (whites by your language) and put the consequences of their incompetence down to discrimination thereby disempowering themselves and their superiors from doing anything to improve the situation.

I first experienced Dunning-Kruger "in my face" some years ago when in facilitating strategic planning sessions using numeric measures of performance I found black delegates rating the performance of their organization at 7 or 8 out of 10 while their white colleagues rated the SAME organization at 4 to 5 out of 10.  It was a massive problem, the blacks were sitting back complacently believing they were doing an excellent job and the whites were frantically doing all in their power to improve a situation, which in their opinion, was heading for catastrophic demise!

In the case of the graduate that I attempted to mentor above I rate him at perhaps 2 out of 10 where 0 is could not be worse and 10 is could not be better, he was busy planning to enrol for a Master's degree so I assume he rated himself at about 7 out of 10.  He did not have the most elementary appreciation of what he did not know and I suspect that had I tried to really make him aware of it he would have accused me of being racist!  For all I know he messed up various tasks I gave him because he regarded them as menial and beneath his dignity!?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is evident throughout South African society and is in the process of destroying our economy.  The probability of massive economic collapse within five to twenty years is significant and increasing.

Over one million whites have left the country, 800 graduate professionals are leaving monthly.  Articles like yours can reasonably be expected to accelerate the Exodus; you have certainly materially diminished my will to believe the best!

Then, relating to your slanderous attack on me and my peers you overlook another fundamental – people who are good with technology are NOT good with people in the same way that people who are good with people are not good with technology.  So senior technologists, the engineers you attack, are not well equipped to handle conflict and confrontation and so, for the most part, we back off.

Add to this the reality of harsh racially inspired sanctions and penalties and a thinly disguised fear of physical retribution and what are we left with?  Because I have concerns that we are not living in a true democracy any longer, and that business trauma and possibly violence are real, I have eventually decided to request that this letter be published under a non-deplume and I have chosen not to tell my wife I am writing it.

What does that say about these "disadvantaged" ones whose cause you champion?

It is time for blacks to cease demanding things that they are NOT entitled to and start behaving like whites – work hard without complaining, accept that if someone else gets promoted above you it is because they are BETTER than you are and therefore YOU work harder, YOU ask intelligent questions, YOU focus on improving yourself instead of blaming me for your incompetence – go to night school if necessary!

There ARE ways of dealing with the Dunning-Kruger problem – undertake critical issues analysis of the non-academic skills that successful white (your language) engineers have and that black (your language) would-be engineers lack and put them through a one or two year foundation laying course before admitting them into first year University.  BUT, this requires that our black government and black people recognize that Dunning-Kruger is real, that most blacks are inadequately equipped for the work they aspire to do and that such investment of time and money is necessary and, in fact, essential.  I have tried on several occasions to promote such a concept but it seems that no one is interested.  There is an opportunity for you and others to promote such a concept and I will willingly provide input to a properly funded results orientated initiative that is willing to be frank about the nature of the problem and seek ways to resolve it – in other words, an engineering initiative.

Sir, you are employed to represent ALL the members of our Profession and further OUR BEST INTERESTS and that includes me and all my white colleagues.  Your article is an affront to technical accuracy and an affront to those you are supposed to represent.  An engineer of character on hearing stories such as those you air publicly would intervene with the organizations concerned and seek to learn the truth and resolve the problem, engage with other senior engineers in order to facilitate and to understand but NOT chase the story like some immature news hound and report something which even the most elementary consideration must indicate is racially based slander of the worst order.

I consider this entirely unacceptable and, accordingly, together with this letter to the editor I am submitting a second letter to the … Council requesting that you be censured and put on notice that recurrence of this abhorrent behaviour will result in termination of your appointment.

Sir, if you are to deserve the high office that you hold, funded by those you attack, I challenge you to step up to the plate and right now apologize to us senior white engineers for your insensitive racist remarks at our expense, take a stand against empty racist entitlement and start preaching a message of competence, hard work, diligence and accountability for all – it is time we start treating blacks like whites instead of holding pity parties such as you are guilty of in your article.

 

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This website evidences the impending utter destruction of South Africa and challenges those who can grasp the seriousness of the situation to come before the Almighty in Pretoria on Monday 16th December 2013 to cry out for deliverance -- see page http://www.south-africa-the-real-issues.org/Gathering16Dec2013.aspx

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President Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, leads the ANC Leadership and tens of thousands of ANC supporters in singing "The Cabinet will shoot the Boer with machine guns" in Bloemfontein on 8th January 2012 -- it appears that he may well have done this AGAIN on 16th December 2012

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This violates his Oath of Office, the Constitution, and, and, and -- it is a basis for impeachment

The agreement reached in October does NOT neutralize the culpability of the PRESIDENT doing what you will see here

This is NOT a "struggle song" -- the Cabinet during the struggle was made up of Boers -- this is a MODERN song

There is a direct correlation between this and the massive rate of white murders discussed in this book and on this site (between 68,800 and 165,000 since 1994)

There are OTHER very unpleasant unavoidable conclusions to be drawn

Note the enthusiasm of the participants and then ask yourself what conclusion you draw!

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Do NOT Impute Motive -- the ANC and the Afrikaners

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Preface

Zuma leads tens of thousands in singing about murdering whites -- an in-depth analysis of why this is so destructive

The South African Extreme white murder rate -- what is driving it? -- analyzed in-depth

What was Apartheid Really? -- an in-depth analysis of why Apartheid was NOT what it is widely believed to be

  

 Introduction

· Preamble

· Simplifying Complexity – my Analytical Approach

· Who AM I?

· What I am Feeling (same as most Europeans?)

· Evidence of Impending Collapse

· The Audience for this Book

· The Level of Murders of Europeans

· Race – The Unmentionable Fundamental that is Driving it ALL

· To my African Countrymen – WHY I am Alienated

· Why am I so UNSETTLED?

· 10 Concrete things the ANC is doing that are causing Irreversible Economic Damage

· There ARE Highly Intelligent and Highly Capable Africans – BUT…

 

The Critical Issues

·         The Critical Issues Overview

·         Mythology

                o   SA Myths Debunked

                o   What the White Man Brought to South Africa

o   The Truth about Exploitation, Oppression, etc

o   Erroneous Thinking in terms of Majority Rule

o   Affirmative Action and Black Economic Empowerment are Complete Misnomers

o   The Black Settlement Phenomenon – Total Lack of Creativity and Initiative – Social Helplessness

o   How is Prosperity Created?

o   How is Poverty Created?

o   The ANC is Founded on a Fundamentally False Premise

·         Economic Meltdown -- The Time Trajectory of Strategic Collapse

·         The ANC’s REAL Agenda?

·         Black Population Explosion

·         The Collapse of Education

·         South Africa is NO Longer a Democracy

·         Other 

 

The Intangible Factors Driving South Africa’s Collapse

·         The Dunning-Kruger Phenomenon ? Arrogant Ignorance and Other Destructive Consequences

·         Understanding Early Childhood Learning and its Impact on South Africa

·         Understanding “Power-Fear” and its Negative Consequences for South Africa

·         The African “Garden of Eden” Mindset (Money Grows on Trees)

·         Greed Versus Prudence

·         Understanding versus Rote Learning

·         Assets and People do NOT EQUAL Wealth

            o   The Land Issue

            o   Asset Obsession and things that are NOT Wealth

            o   Different Definitions of Wealth – Another Point of Difference

·         Genetics?

            o   Major Gaps in African Deductive Reasoning – Cause and Effect, etc

            o   Is the Manifest Cause and Effect Cognitive Gap Throughout Africa Evidence of a Genetic Short Coming?

·         Words – Harder than Concrete

·         The African Victim Drama and European Rescue Drama Dynamic

·         Communism – Exacerbating Power-Fear and Arrogant Ignorance

·         Witchcraft and Ancestor Worship – Central to Understanding

·         European Fundamentals that Mask the Seriousness of the Situation

                o   Attributes of Europeans and Africans Contrasted

                o   Psychodynamics of Africans and Europeans

o   European Fundamentals – Towards Understanding South Africa 2013

o   Mistakes the Europeans (especially Afrikaners) made

o   The 2%:12%:86% Wealth Creation Phenomenon amongst Europeans

o   Fundamental European Values at a Wealth Creator, Wealth Developer Leadership Level

o   What South African Europeans do Instinctively to Accommodate Africans

·         Liberalism

            o   Incorrect beliefs of Liberal, Christian Europeans

            o   Liberalism – Seriously Clouding the Issues

·         The Religious Dimension

·         Apartheid

            o   Overarching Headlines a Week after Reading the book “Bulala” by Cuan Elgin

            o   Thoughts after Reading Bulala – A True Story of South Africa by Cuan Elgin

            o   What WAS Apartheid? – REALLY?

            o   Afrikaner Racial Hostility, Distrust, Fear and Arrogance – Truth with Wrong Attitude

            o   The Afrikaner Paradox – Blessed AND Persecuted

            o   Apartheid – Afrikaner South Africa’s Public Relations Disaster 

                    o   Critical Population Statistics

                    o   White Unemployment

                    o   Afrikaner Alienation


Some Important Principles

·         Creating Wealth in the New South Africa

·         What is an Economy? – REALLY?

·         The Fundamentals of Mining

·         What is the Purpose of Government?

·         Why South Africa could NOT have Grown much more before 1980

 

Other Considerations

·         Did you know? – things that are breaking

·         An Alternative Summing up

·         Why is the Johannesburg Stock Exchange so Strong?

·         Letter to the Editor of a Professional Journal

·         Letter to the Editor of an Afrikaans Newspaper about Zuma singing Shoot the Boer

·         Why are Europeans NOT much more Energized in Defending themselves?

·         Why did the ANC only really have an impact from the late 1940’s?

·         Lessons from Dingaan and Retief ? Treachery

·         The Battle of Blood River – a Case Study in African Fundamentals

·         What IS Democracy?

·         What the British Brought

·         A Prophetic View – “The Almighty Speaks on South Africa”

 

Possible Courses of Action

-         Technically Valid Corrective Actions – Envisioning the Impossible

-         What can YOU do?

-         The basis for Europeans Withholding BEE, AA and tax and Demanding Change NOT the way to go

-         Your Options

-         Defensive Actions to Consider

 -         Get the message across

        -         Contact Newspapers around the World -- nearly              300 eMail Addresses

        -         Contact Europeans Parliamentarians

        -         Contact Diplomatic Missions 

        -         Western Cape

 

Conclusion – The Essence of my Views on South Africa

 

Fast and Pray -- Some Spiritual Considerations

 

Follow up -- Developments after completing the book

 


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