Heart of Whiteness: Afrikaners Face Black Rule in the New South Africa

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Simon and Schuster, 1995 - 415 pages
Based on more than 120 interviews, remarkable for their depth and candor, this revelatory work exposes the heart of the white tribe of Africa, its demons, terrors, and saviors. Goodwin and Schiff present the myriad voices of Afrikaners, from the head of the Broederbond to novelists to church leaders. The interviews document a people haunted by their past murderous deeds and coercive ideology, yet still clinging to power. Here, too, are the words of a few amazing Afrikaners who fought long and hard against vicious odds to save their people's reputation, soul, and humanity. Defeated by the British in 1902 in the Anglo-Boer War, poverty-stricken in the twenties and thirties, the Afrikaner Nationalists instituted apartheid midcentury, forcing millions of black people from "white" areas, jailing Nelson Mandela for twenty-seven years, and torturing and killing hundreds in the name of anticommunism. They used their religion to justify apartheid as God's will. Now God's will is slowly being changed. This book will help readers understand how Afrikaners could invent the biggest social engineering effort of this last half century; how they could justify it on religious grounds; why they are so fearful of blacks; why they are suspicious of outsiders; why some are obsessed with their language; why secrecy is second nature to many; and how they are embracing, resisting, aiding, and thwarting the ongoing transition.
 

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Another in the line of books on South Africa that have followed Allen Drury's ``A Very Strange Society'' by seeking to explain the country (or in this case the Afrikaners) mostly by letting people ... Read full review

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Goodwin, a writer and former African correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, and husband Schiff (politics, Oberlin Coll.) interviewed over 125 Afrikaners in South Africa, selecting ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Religion
13
Introducing the Afrikaners
19
A Conspiracy That Works
29
JohannesburgeGoli
40
What Is an Afrikaner?
46
The Boer Inside Every Afrikaner
52
Close to the Blacks
66
E W Hear the Voice of Potchefstroom?
224
Changing Gods Will
230
Lamentations
242
The Afrikaans language
251
Romancing the Language
253
Rooineke
268
Whose Afrikaans?
275
The Friendly Language
285

Apartheid Culture
77
A Few Words About Women
90
Healthy Apartheid and Other Cliches
97
Scenery Dont Think About Politics
107
The Broederbond
116
Modus Operandi
125
Scrambling to Keep Control
139
Paying the Price
153
The Chairman
160
Deeper Underground
166
Music Wars
174
How Apartheid Became Gods Will
187
Ostracism of a Volks Verraaier Traitor
199
Confidentially the Broederbond Runs the Church
209
Smashing Gnats with Bricks
217
Writing Wrongs?
292
Police State
313
Ugly Things Happened
315
Beating the Lizard
327
A Soldier Betrayed
347
Facing Black Rule
359
Down and Dirty in Phalaborwa
361
Can the Volk Change?
370
Hope and Its Shadow Doubt
376
Last Words
386
Glossary
391
People Interviewed
397
Bibliography
401
Index
407
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