Foreign News: The Black Man's Burden

South Africa's white men have decreed that South Africa's black men must carry official permits to travel, to work or be absent from work, to walk the streets after 9 p.m., to have their wives live with them in "locations" (suburban areas, usually overcrowded shantytowns, set aside for natives). Some 75,000 blacks go to jail each year because they are without proper passes. A hangover from slavery days, the pass system is a major grievance of the black majority against the ruling white minority.

Last week, in a location at Krugersdorp, a mining town 20 miles from Johannesburg, rumor spread that the...

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