I just had an epiphany of sorts. I realized that there is a similarity between Afrikaners and the Northern Irish; but I also realized I'm a huge hypocrite as I'm absolutely fascinated and enthralled with Afrikaners and their accents, culture and history, yet I am decidedly negative to a degree in my view of the historical settlement of Northern Ireland.
In both regions, given centuries of besieged (or so they felt) existence and a pioneering spirit (eh, probably Afrikaner than NI) there has been a process of ethnogenesis in which the settlers took on a new ethnic identity. While the Northern Irish are comprised of Scottish and English settlers, they have sunk down deep roots into Northern Ireland which has led to the creation of a new identity, which is tied to the land. The Afrikaners have been molded from their own experiences in South Africa. They are no longer Dutch, French, German and Portuguese; they are Afrikaners. Their blood and ties are deeply into the soil. In both cases, the roots go back some ~400-500 years.
It makes me wonder that at what point do colonizers become the natives? Even the former head of the ANC called the Afrikaners Africa's only white tribe. Now, I bring Northern Ireland into this as the people there are unlikely to ever want to move to Scotland or England. Northern Ireland is their home.
Then, well, there's other similarities in regards to minority rule, discrimination, ect...
Would you agree that there are similarities? And if so, do you believe that both populations have become naturalized and belong to the land as much as the 'indigenous' populations?