Racial Relations in the Union of South Africa
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 29 Feb 1940, p. 334-350
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Racial Relations in the Union of South Africa


Race relations in South Africa. Relations between the black race and the white race, and also the relations between the two sections of the white population. Remarks about the country of South Africa. The people of South Africa. Racial relations between the Boers and the British. Relations between the Germans and the South Africans. The question of Southwest Africa versus the Union. A brief history of South Africa, told in order to fully appreciate the conditions existing today in the Union. The native problems as South Africa's greatest economic problem. The extent of the opposition between whites and blacks. Legislation in the European territory to prevent the black men from doing semi-skilled or skilled work, and the reasons for that legislation. Territories reserved for the black man where they are governed by their Chiefs, subject to the supervision of white magistrates or native commissioners. The speaker's belief that the methods adopted to maintain white supremacy are just and actuated by the urge for self-preservation. The improvement of the black's life since the white man came to South Africa. The realization that the black man's mental development cannot be restricted indefinitely. Natives as a source of cheap labour, with example. The "poor white" problem, due to the availability of cheap, black labour. The status of voting privileges for the black man, which varies according to location. The relationship between the Boer and the British. Influential events just after the Boer War. The political position of the Boer. The difficulties involved in South Africa participating in the war, particularly with the Germans in Southwest Africa. Division of loyalty to Britain. The speaker's declaration that there is no pro-Naziism in South Africa. The Union Government pledged to help the British in all the British colonies, in Tanganyika and Southwest Africa, or anywhere else where that help is needed. Why South Africa does not send people abroad.