BACK TALK!

by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
Undated, late March or April 1979
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom, United Nations
Language: English
This mailing about the internal settlement elections in Rhodesia and opposing sending observers to the election urges people to present opposing views in print and broadcast media. It encourages prominent people such as church and civil leaders to speak out on current developments in Rhodesia and about sanctions. The mailing includes a newspaper editorial “Facing Up to Failure in Rhodesia” a negative editorial, “Let's see for ourselves,” and a positive response, “Rhodesian 'whitewash'”; and a letter to the editor by Rev. Charles W. Dahm of the 8th Day Center for Justice that discuss the Carter Administration, Andrew Young, and the Smith regime. One editorial says the "internal agreement" between Mr. Smith and his black collaborators reserves far too much power for the white minority and that guerrilla leaders Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe reject the new constitution and are running no candidates. One editorial says Senator Sam Hayakawa, the conservative California Republican, and George McGovern, the liberal North Dakota Democrat, have jointly called on Congress to send a bipartisan team of observers.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root