This story was NOT reported; rather, only the victory of the ANC
Transition to Black Rule?
The presidential election of 2008
brings to mind another vote that took place 16 years ago in South
referendum in which whites voted to turn power over to blacks.
Though it has long been overshadowed by the 1994
general elections that brought
the African National Congress (ANC) to power, it was
the referendum of March 17, 1992, that ended white rule.
By 1992, President F. W. de Klerk and his National
Party government had repealed all the major apartheid laws.
The ANC had been unbanned, and Mr. de Klerk had
started discussions with Mr. Mandela on a new constitution that
would enfranchise blacks and “share
Andries Treurnicht and his Conservative party led
the opposition to these negotiations, saying
the president had no authority to negotiate a new
constitution. Mr. de Klerk decided to put the question to the people.
If he won the referendum, he would push on to a new
constitution; if he lost, he would resign and call a general
The referendum asked the following question:
“Do you support
continuation of the reform process which the State President began on
February 2, 1990,
and which is aimed at a new constitution through negotiation?”
(It was on February 2, 1990, that Mr. de Klerk
announced the unbanning of the ANC and
the release of Mr. Mandela from
The National Party—the traditional party of the
Afrikaners—mounted a massive campaign for a “yes” vote,
warning that a “no” would mean more international
sanctions and black violence.
One of its campaign
posters showed an armed member of the Afrikaner Resistance
—a militant white organization—with the slogan,
“You can stop this man! Vote
In other words, the real menace for South
Africa was a white man with a gun.
The Conservative Party, which campaigned for a “no”
vote, warned that “power sharing”
just another name (euphemism) for black rule, and that whites had
the right and the duty to govern themselves.
How did the people of the Great Trek, the
Battle of Blood River, and the Boer War vote?
They feared international isolation more
than they feared black rule;
whites voted 68 to 31
percent for “continuation of
the reform process.”
Nor was this a decision forced upon Afrikaners by
Though some militant groups boycotted the referendum,
all election analysts agree that a majority of
Afrikaners voted “yes,” and
some even believe there was more support among
Afrikaners than British South Africans.
Whites therefore had the chance to keep their
country, but gave it away.
That vote ensured the ANC victory of 1994 and
everything that has followed.
American whites are not quite as eager as the South
In the November 4 election, only 43 percent voted
for black rule—pardon me, for Barack Obama.
Fifty-five percent of whites wanted John McCain to
be their president but it was blacks and
Hispanics who got the president they wanted, not
Every year, as the number of non-whites
whites will have less say about who rules
Entirely aside from politics or questions of
competence or experience,
the election of a president most whites did not want
is a jarring symbol of lost autonomy.
If their numbers continue to decline, whites will
not get the schools, the neighborhoods,
the culture—and ultimately, the country—they
Perhaps it is because whites have brought diminished
status upon themselves that
we are expected to take pride in it
- rather than fight to reverse it.
As Paul Krugman explained helpfully in the New York
“If the election of our first African-American
president didn’t stir you,
if it didn’t leave you teary-eyed and proud of your
country, there’s something wrong with you.”
This means there is something wrong with at least 55
percent of whites, but
that has been the Times’s position for
Mr. Krugman’s joy in Mr. Obama’s victory is shared
by whites all around the world.
great hopes that we are standing at the dawn of a new era,”
wrote the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.
Step for Mankind” read the front page of England’s Sun
A headline on the London Telegraph website declared:
“Barack Obama Victory Allows Britain to
Love US Again.”
The Times modestly headlined its election
“The New World.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper of
Canada spoke of Mr. Obama’s “tremendous, historic” victory, and the Toronto
Sun called it “an historic milestone like no other.”
Le Monde in Paris noted that
“from Left to
Right, [French] politicians have been competing for superlatives with which
to praise the
election of Barack Obama.”
Milan’s Corriere della Sera wrote that Mr.
Obama was “the man who can save America
from utter breakdown.”
This chorus of rejoicing has
eerie parallels to
how the world’s whites welcomed
black rule in South Africa.
In 1993, Mr. Mandela and Mr. de Klerk shared the
Nobel Peace Prize for their new, “power-sharing” constitution.
Mary McGrory of the Washington Post gushed only
slightly more than most when she wrote in her May 12, 1994 column
that “Nelson Mandela
has won what the [Washington] Post calls
‘one of history’s
sweetest victories over racial subjugation’ and he is
going to keep it clean and beautiful
so that newspaper readers
will think they are reading scripture when they read dispatches from South
cannot be read except
Fourteen years later—just 14
years later—does anyone have second thoughts?
Under white rule, South Africa was
climbing steadily in the UN’s Human Development Index.
It reversed course the first year of black rule and
has dropped ever since.
South Africa can no longer keep accurate crime
it is unquestionably one of the most dangerous
places on earth.
Anyone who can afford to lives in a private
carjacking is so common it is considered foolish to
stop at a red light after dark.
Amazon.com limits shipping to South Africa
because postal workers steal so many packages.
Interpol reports that South Africa has the highest
rape rate in the world—and the highest AIDS rate.
About one-fifth of South African men admit they have
raped a woman, and
an estimated 35 percent of the armed forces have
Race preferences for blacks are so ruthless that
approximately 50 percent of white men are
self-employed (they cannot get
a job) and
nearly a million whites have emigrated, most citing
crime and race preferences.
Surely, not even Mary McGrory would think this
sounds like the Book of Matthew.
And how about Mr. de Klerk?
Would he not give up a hundred Nobel Peace Prizes
for a country in which
his grandchildren could be safe and
Of course, our election is
different from the South African referendum but
is the same:
Whites are placing their destinies in the hands of
The South Africans did it suddenly; we are doing it
Let us hope whites all over the world save their
newspapers from November 5, 2008, with
their extravagant headlines and dizzy hopes.
Let them reread them 10 or 15 years
from now—and let them think of South Africa.