Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #129) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #129)
Transcript: which was always looking for an opportunity to shoot, to resort to passive resistance was to play with the lives of the people. Incidentally this criticism came from those who opposed all forms of mass struggle and who have never through out their experience carried out a single national campaign; nor despite their repeated preference for non co operation and the boycott, have they ever carried out any successful boycott even at the local level.
Whether or not a particular method of struggle is revolutionary is not a question of abstract principles but of concrete conditions in which one works. In spite of all the mistakes we made, the Defiance Campaign marked a new chapter in the fight against oppression and had positive results. In selecting the six laws which we highlighted as unjust we had no illusions that we would defeat these laws. We selected them as the six most immediate laws pressing on the lives of the people and enabling the organisation to reach the different sections of our country's population. Although it had little impact on the Coloureds, the Campaign brought the African and Indian people even closer and focused attention to our grievances and demands. Prior to the Campaign the ANC was not really on the map and had no paid organisers. Out of the Campaign emerged a truly mass based ANC with an impressive corps of concious and experienced functionaries who rose to the position of community leaders in their respective areas and to whom the police, courts and jails were no longer a paralysing terror. It removed the stigma that is usually associated with imprisonment and also directly led to improvements in jail conditions wherever defiers served their sentences.
The success of the Campaign is to be measured not only by the rise in the membership of the ANC,
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