Keith Elkon has seen it before.
People of color pulled from the streets and thrown into paddy wagons. Relentless attacks on the “liberal press.” Persistent distortion of truths, nationalism and patriotism. That is the apartheid South Africa I remember and the country and system of injustice that I left in 1976. Not an act of courage, an act of defeat. The courageous stayed on and opposed the regime in whatever way they could. The courageous were persecuted, prosecuted, put under house arrest and some disappeared.
How did such a system of injustice become law of the land? The answer is that a simple and powerful tactic — fear — the “swart gevaar” won over the white electorate. Swart gevaar is an Afrikaans term literally meaning “black danger.”
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