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Ed Harris (London)
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Date Posted: 17:12:39 11/14/04 Sun
In reply to: Ian (Australia) 's message, "I'm not sure that it's reasonable to lump all of the "African" South Africans into one "ethnic group"" on 12:55:56 11/14/04 Sun
But the Apartheid years united the black South Africans by presenting them with a common enemy... or at least a common cause for resentment. And now the successor to the Afrikaaners is the Marxist ANC, and Marxists are not known for distinguishing between ancient cultural distinctions.
How long black South Africans will continue to live harmoniously, Zulu, Xhosa, Bantu, Lemba, west African immigrants et al., remains to be seen. Although, frankly, I doubt that you'll see anything like the Hutu vs. Tutsi situation which exploded in Rwanda.
And, more pertinently to this forum, I doubt that any of them, whatever their differences between themselves, would see a return to royal dominion status as a desirable move! Okay, so we treated the black South Africans better than the Boers did, but that is not saying much and they have a right to be sceptical as to just how liberal we are... especially as we agreed not to enfranchise more black people at the time of the Union, just to keep the Dutch on side and not cause ourselves political problems. Frankly, if I were a black South African, I would conclude that British good intentions do not always prevail over British pragmatism.
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