Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #236) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #236)
Transcript: Apart from these major obstables there is the fear which most South African whites have repeatedly expressed that the direct result of granting Africans unqualified rights of franchise would be to surrender all political power to blacks and put Western culture in jeopardy. This fear is due to ignorance of our policy and, in due course, will disappear as bridges of contact between the different population groups are built. Such fears are understandable from a minority group that has dominated the country for more than 3 centuries and where the relations between whites and blacks have always been those of master and servant. In such a situation the ruling minority thinks of political changes not in terms of a total disappearance of racialism but of a reversal of the relationship under which the former master will now serve the servant. For this reason we have always treated such fears sympathetically and patiently tried to educate the whites to accept the principles set out in the Freedom Charter as the only democratic programme in the country which offers to all South Africans the opportunity to live together peacefully and as equals.
What provokes the strongest resentment is the contempt and hatred, the levity and lack of feeling with which the government handles grave national issues affecting blacks. Separate development is no serious effort to provide the opportunity of political expressions to the blacks. It is the typical example of the white man's contempt and calloussnes for our people. The Report itself and the evolution oe the whole proposed programme since its publication justifies the charge that separate development is a spurious solution. Although the members of the Commission were almost all Afrikaners and Nationalist Party supporters selected because of their trustworthiness by the Volk,
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