["We are looking forward that in the near future there will not be a single citizen within what is called white South Africa."]
by Washtenaw County Coalition Against Apartheid
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Undated, April 1985?
The leaflet begins with a quotation (displayed in the title) by a South African Minister of the Interior. The leaflet is an invitation to the next meeting of the Washtenaw County Committee Against Apartheid (WCCAA). Its main content is a critique of apartheid as revealed in the Minister of the Interior’s statement. It explains that black South Africans are considered citizens of “homelands” or “bantustans” that are the most desolate regions of South Africa, limited to only 13% of the land. Three-and-a-half million Africans have been forcibly removed to these areas. It also explains that the majority of people living in the homelands are women and children, separated for most of the year from the men who live and work separately in cities. This system is not merely racial segregation; it is an intricate series of laws and structures created to deliver a supply of cheap black labor to a rich white industrial empire. The leaflet also explains that Asians and so-called “Coloured” people, who are 11% of the population, are regarded as second-class citizens and have only recently been allowed to vote [in a segregated political system]. [Note on date: the Coloured and Asian election was in August 1984; WCCAA meetings were generally held on a Sunday, and April 28 was on a Sunday in 1985.]
Used by permission of former members of the Washtenaw County Coalition Against Apartheid.
Collection: Private collection of Paquetta Palmer