The Gist

Farming for Red Herring

South Africa’s “white genocide” isn’t happening. One of the myth’s catalysts—farmland redistribution—might not either. 

Supporters of the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters gather to listen to his address outside the Bloemfontein Regional Court on April 6.

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A recent Donald Trump tweet gave credence to a bogus (and dangerous) claim: that South Africa’s white farmers are the first targets in a looming genocide. Quartz reporter Lynsey Chutel has the actual statistics, as well as the political context—land reform—that pushed white nationalists into embracing victimhood in the first place.

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