Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #235) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #235)
Transcript: were made in the so called Central African Federation and in the Kenya White Highlands. These schemes were doomed because they shared the common failing of being "too little too late". The scheme outlined inthe Tomlinson Commission Report is notable for the scale of the undertaking it advanced. But in common with similarly motivated efforts by colonialists in other parts of Africa,it was marked by the fact that it was a blueprint advanced after the white rulers of our country had for centuries doggardly prevented the emergence of a middle class amongst the Africans through the normal processes of capitalist development. Would the presence of one or two Africans on the Commission have made a difference? The acid test in any such scheme for the oppressed is that such a Commission must have sufficient members on it to enable the oppressed to genuinely feel that they are actively and decisively shaping their future. None the less the fact that not a single African was present on the Commission denied the Commission of even a smokescreed with which to delude our people of its real aims.
The basic problem underlying race relations in this country is one that had faced manking ever since society divided into economic classes. The exploitation of the masses of the people by a minority of rich people and the domination of the whole life of the community by the wealthy is one of the main sources of evil today. The social problems of South Africa are essentially those inherent in a society riddled with inequalities and real solutions will remaim beyond our reach as long as this main difficulty remains unresolved. The situation is complicated by the colour question under which whites are the ruling group whilst blacks, especially Africans, provide the labour essential for industry and commerce.
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