by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
About July 1967
14 pages
Type: Conference Presentation
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations, Vietnam
Language: English
Paper for the INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON APARTHEID, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND COLONIALISM IN SOUTHERN AFRICA in Kitwe, Zambia, 24 July-4 August 1967, organized by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in consultation with the Special Committee against Apartheid and the Special Committee of 24 on Decolonisation. The paper says Afro-Americans have watched with sympathy and concern the struggle against apartheid and white-settler domination in eastern and southern Africa over the past twenty years. The paper says we rejoiced with all freedom-loving people when the victory was won in Kenya. The paper says we express our solidarity with the Freedom Fighters who languish in the prisons and detention camps of southern Africa awaiting the day when the heroic efforts of those still free to fight will wipe out these inhumanities of man to man once and for all, and place the destiny and welfare of the people in their own hands. The paper says it is only natural that we in SNCC should be deeply concerned over the course and outcome of this struggle, for our own members have engaged for seven years in the struggles against a particularly vicious form of apartheid that has existed for centuries in the United States. The paper says we can understand South Africa because we have seen the inside of jails in Mississippi and Alabama and have been herded behind barbed wire enclosures, attacked by police dogs, and set upon with electric prods – the America equivalent of the sjambok. The paper says there is no difference between the sting of being called a "kaffir" in South Africa and a "nigger" in the U.S.A. The paper says the cells of Robin Island and the Birmingham jail look the same inside. The paper says in order to implement more effectively its program and to strengthen its links with other groups struggling against oppression, SNCC has appointed a Director of International Affairs, James Forman, and designated the New York office of SNCC as its headquarters for international affairs. The paper includes RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS. The paper includes Appendix A: SNCC STATEMENT ON VIETNAM. The paper discusses the shameful intervention in the Congo, Soviet and Chinese influence, the CIA, Chase Manhattan Bank, Negro employees, democracy, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the "Black Power" movement, liberation struggles, colonialism, the United Nations, Julian Bond, the Georgia State Legislature, the Organization of African Unity (O.A.U., OAU), a Liberation Committee, African-Americans, General Assembly resolution 2144 (XXX), racial discrimination, resolution 2189 (XXI), the Declaration on the Granting on Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, Southern Rhodesia, South West Africa, self-determination, territories under Portuguese administration, and the military draft. [Notes: 1) The correct spelling is Robben Island. 2) This document was digitized by the Amistad Research Center which provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.]
Collection: John O'Neal papers, Amistad Research Center