DON'T ADJUST TO APARTHEID
by Jesse Jackson, United Nations Center against Apartheid
with J.N. Garba
New York, New York, United Nations
United Nations Center against Apartheid
Text of address delivered by the Rev. Jesse Jackosn at the opening meeting of the North American Regional Conference for Action against Apartheid held at United Nations Headquarters, New York, June 18-21, 1984. This pamphlet was published by the United Nations Centre against Apartheid in co-operation with the International Department of People United to Save Humanity (PUSH). The pamphlet includes a Forward by J.N. Garba, Chairman of the Special Committee against Apartheid. Rev. Jackson expresses appreciation to Mr. E. S. Reddy and Reverend Bill Howard for their arrangements. Rev. Jackson says U.S. relations and attitudes toward African countries have always been in distinct contrast to policy and attitudes towards the nations of Europe. Rev. Jackson says this history of negative attitudes has produced massive starvation and drought in huge areas of the African continent. Rev. Jackson says U.S. cynicism and callousness has led to an official partnership with the racist apartheid regime in South Africa; corporate greed has found in the racist apartheid system, with its brutal denial of human rights, a favorable climate guaranteeing the highest profits in the world. Rev. Jackson says the Reagan administration has allowed more South African consulates to open in the United States; expanded military ties with the apartheid regime (including training the South African Coast Guard); encouraged South Africa's repeated military invasions in Angola by withholding diplomatic recognition to the Angolan People's Republic; and generally created a climate of official endorsement that has made the U.S. South Africa's number one trading partner. Rev. Jackson says the flow of foreign capital into South Africa from the U.S., Britain and other allies is essential to the apartheid regime's economic growth and, thus, its political stability. Rev. Jackson says massive disenfranchisement in South Africa today justifies disinvestment by U.S. corporations in the South African economy on a strict time-table. The pamphlet discusses Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, cheap labor, raw materials, Bantustans, "constructive engagement," "separate development," loans to South Africa, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the ANC (African National Congress), Nelson Mandela, Security Council resolution 435, SWAPO, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, IBM, Exxon, Control Data Corporation, and the frontline states.
Collection: Private collection of Paquetta Palmer