Tell Me Who Your Friends Are?
by Black African Student Union
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Undated, 1968 or early 1969?
The leaflet says white sponsors of this conference were prepared for the sake of “objectivity” to call in the representatives of the neo-Nazi South African regime, they were less willing to show the same regard for objectivity in relation to the oppressed black majority of South Africa. The leaflet says while the sponsors of this conference were willing to consult and provide platforms for “interested” Americans, they did not see fit to consult with the African students on this campus. The leaflet says U.S. investments in South Africa include Chase Manhattan Bank, The First National City Bank of New York, Ford, GMC, Standard Oil, Pepsi Cola, Transvaal Engelhard, Tanganyika Concessions, Anglo-American Corp. The leaflet says the U.S. has helped South Africa build a nuclear reactor making that country the first potential nuclear power on the African continent. The leaflet says many U.S. universities, including the University of Wisconsin, have shares in the Chase Manhattan Bank which helped bale out the South African economy during the 1960 crisis. The leaflet discusses B.J. Vorster, Ossewa Brandwag (Ossewabrandwag), Patrice Lumumba, the CIA, the Stanleyville Revolutionary Government, UN sanctions, trade with South Africa, and mercenaries. [Note on date: the date of the conference discusses in this leaflet is unknown. M.A.C.S.A. News, January - February 1978, Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa, says that on May 9, 1969, the African Students Union demanded that UW regents sell stock in several large companies with large investments in South Africa; their demonstration at the regents meeting was called off in the morning when the regents announced the sale of 3,300 shares of Chase Manhattan Bank stock.]