South Africa: All in the Family

Rattling racial skeletons

There is a well-worn jest in South Africa that the country's "colored problem" actually began about nine months after the first Dutch settlers landed at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. However, in the strictly segregated society that has developed since, it is no laughing matter to suggest that the Afrikaners, who make up the majority of the 4.5 million ruling whites, are anything but racially pure. Thus when a South African academic raised the possibility again last week, he rattled racial skeletons in every Afrikaner parlor and dining...

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