I live in a flat complex, so lots of noise and stuff but people are mostly reasonable. Last night two car loads of Nigerians are right outside my house at 11pm playing music as loud as possible not caring about anybody. About 8 drunk guys partying, drinking and shouting in a private residential area. I go outside and ask them to turn it down or off out of respect. They get in my face call me a racist and tell me to go to sleep. Tried to stay calm so I just said that I’d appreciate it if they turned it off. One dude gets right up in my face calls me a very racist name and says he dares me to do something. Not one to miss an invitation, I pushed him pretty hard backwards to send the message that I wasn’t looking for a fight but I wasn’t going to be intimidated.
Next thing, 8 of these drunk guys are rushing in punching, kicking, scratching, poking, one had a belt starting lashing me. Screaming and shouting. I start running away to get bearings. Thinking, “If I hit back I’m gonna do damage because these guys aren’t very big” but in the end I didn’t do anything because a) 8 vs 1 is never fair b) the legal trouble, cops wouldn’t take my side and I pushed the dude first c) They were Nigerians and had something to prove so they might want revenge. As I sit there thinking that, another bigger African comes from nowhere and whacks me from behind and says I need to learn my place as a white guy. Pushed him away because his friends were rushing in once again. Eventually I just ran inside my house while they stayed outside boasting about beating up a white pig, how things have changed in Africa, how they taught me a lesson for being a white supremist colonizer etc.
Lucky they were pretty weak so my face didn’t get any damage, just my body/arms are bruised and scratched up and sore throat from being choked. Spoke to the manager of the complex about it, but nothing could be done at 11pm so will see what happens today. Apparently these same guys call themselves “Nigerias Most Famous” or something like that.
I shouldn’t have pushed the bloke to begin with but hey man the guy was practically spitting in my face, nor did I expect 8 of his troops to step in immediately. All because I asked them to turn the music down.
Now, I don’t know what to think.
I have always been against racism, and I never act out, but I do stand my ground. However, I am not sure if you are aware of the situation in South Africa. Our political leaders sing songs about shooting white people, white farmers are being murdered a lot, and generally it’s very unstable. It just really bothered me that I was being beaten up and called a racist when in fact the opposite was true!
My pride is a bit hurt, which is actually fine I suppose. I’m also angry at myself for pushing the guy first, and I realize that was just really stupid. At the same time though, I just feel really angry about the situation. I’m starting to feel that there is justification in racism - something I know is wrong and evil. I keep dwelling on the fact that individually I could’ve really put them in their place but I was alone. I keep dwelling on the violence and their reaction towards me as a white person. I’ve never been racist, I am an unassuming nice guy but I’m not a pushover either. I’m just a bit confused and feel strange about it all.