The Origins of Non-Racialism: White Opposition To Apartheid In The 1950S

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How did South Africa embrace "non-racialism"? After centuries of white domination and decades of increasingly savage repression, freedom came to South Africa far later than elsewhere in the continent - and yet was marked by a commitment to non-racialism. Nelson Mandela's Cabinet and government were made up of women and men of all races, and many spoke of the birth of a new 'Rainbow Nation'. How did this come about? How did an African nationalist liberation movement resisting apartheid - a universally denounced violent expression of white supremacy - open its doors to other races, and whites in particular? And what did non-racialism mean? This is the real 'miracle' of South Africa: that at the height of white supremacy and repression, black and white democrats - in their different organisations, coming from vastly different backgrounds and traditions - agreed on one thing: that the future for South Africa would be non-racial.

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David Everatt is the Head of the Wits School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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This book is a path-breaking study of the emergence of non-racialism, considering a range of strands: some pursing liberal paths, others working for national liberation or communism. It is a painstaking insight into the Congress Movement and the Communist Party, then operating underground, as well as the Liberal Party, drawing on widespread oral and archival material. - Raymond Suttner, UNISA, author of The ANC Underground

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Book Description Wits University Press. Paperback. Condition: New. 288 pages. Dimensions: 8.6in. x 6.4in. x 0.8in.The constitution of post-apartheid South Africa declares the republic to be a sovereign, democratic state founded on human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms; nonracialism and nonsexism. After centuries of white domination and decades of increasingly savage repression, freedom came to South Africa far later than elsewhere in the continentand yet was marked by a commitment to nonracialism. Nelson Mandelas cabinet and government was made up of women and men of all races, and many spoke of the birth of a new Rainbow Nation. How did this come about How did an African nationalist liberation movement resisting apartheida universally denounced violent expression of white supremacyopen its doors to other racesand whites, in particular At what cost to itself And what did non-racialism meanwhy could whites, coloureds and Indians not join the African National Congress (ANC) until after 1990, when the ANC was unbanned, but had to remain in racially discrete partnerswhile fighting for a non-racial future Why could members of all races join the Communist Party and the Liberal Partybut not the ANCThe Origins of Non-racialism: White Opposition to Apartheid in the 1950s uncovers some of the stories and hidden histories that help explain our past. It focuses on a talented, brave, but tiny minority of whitesliberals, radicals, communists, Trotskyists, humanists, Christians, idealistswho rejected the growing racism of postwar South Africa and worked to breach the dividing line between black and white. From the Torch Commando, which could mobilize tens of thousands of whites at the beginning of the 1950s, to the Liberal Party and Congress of Democrats, which could boast only a few hundred members by the end of the decade, white activists fought to maintain the vision of racial equality in an increasingly divided society. Their African nationalist allies fought a harder battle within the ANC and other organisations, under growing pressure from Africanists and others, to keep alive the notion that black and white could struggle together and could live peacefully side by side. Together, black and white activists developed a theory of struggle and ways of mobilizing that somehow kept alive the ideal of a nonracial South Africa. The democratic state ushered in after 1994 can be traced back directly to the work they undertook in the 1950s and after. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781868145003

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