Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #74) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #74)
Transcript: churches and even graveyards. The white man maintains his supremacy through brute force and intrigue, falsehood and hypocricy and by means of all the double standards that characterize an oppressive regime. South Africa is a "democracy" that excludes the vast majority of its citizens from the process of government, that denies them the right to determine their own future and that thwarts their orderly progress through numerous restrictions. It is a "Christian" State whose rulers have no love or mercy and where unpardonable sins are committed daily against the black man. It claims that racial peace and harmony reign within its borders while it persecutes, torture and even slaughters its black citizens on stupid and frivolous grounds.
The black man has resisted racial oppression for more than three centuries in struggles that have thrown up legendary heroes. Contempt for the Bathwas (commonly know as Bushmen) South Africa's oldest inhabitants even from otherwise progressive historians, has tended to belittle their contribution to these patriotic wars and their magnificent performance has passed into oblivion unrecorded. But they passionately loved their country and highly valued their freedom, defending both with insurpassed courage. In another age and using modern weapons the nimble Bathwas would have given South Africa fighters as powerful as Kutuzov, Haile Selassie, Chu Teh, Giap and Che Guevara.
With the exception of the Griquas the only Khoi Khoi group (commonly and derogatorily known as Hottentots) who still retain a substantial body of their legends the oral history of the Khoi Khoi people, from whom the bulk of the Coloured folk are descended, vanished with the disappearance
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