Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #349) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #349)
Transcript: the preceeding years.
With the launching of the 1946 Passive Resistance Campaign by the Indian Congress and the concommitant imposition of trade sanctions by India against South Africa, the withdrawal of India's High Commissioner from South Africa and the indictment of South Africa's racial policies at the UN a tremendous anti Indian campaign was let loose by the whites in South Africa. The Nationalist Party came into power in 1948 promising to keep the "Kaffer's" in their place and driving the"Koelies" out of the country. Among all population groups the Nats built up a picture of Indians as some hideous monster which threatened the lives and livelihood of all the people, and which had to be destroyed.
For more than 300 years the whites have also forced the idea that the African is a savage, whithout a history, culture or worthy aspiration. He has been reduced to a life of hardship, frustration, bitterness and hostility against all who enjoy better social, economic and political opportunity than himself.
History seems to have presented just the oppoetunity the Nats had been praying for. What could be better than to divert all the accumulated frustrations and anger of the African away from the real issues. The Indian had been presented as his main enemy and they were the weakest and most accesible victims.
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