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“The Art of the Possible” (1): Churchill, South Africa, Apartheid

“The Art of the Possible” (1): Churchill, South Africa, Apartheid

Excerpts from “Churchill, South Africa, Apartheid” an arti­cle for the Hills­dale Col­lege Churchill Project, June 2020. For the com­plete text with end­notes, please click here. This arti­cle is ded­i­cat­ed to the mem­o­ry of Nel­son Man­dela (1918-2013), whose Churchillian mag­na­nim­i­ty was a mod­el for his time—and even more for ours.

Part 1: 1902-1909

In “Apartheid: Made in Britain,” Richard Dow­den argued that Britain not South Africa cost black South Africans their rights. His account is fac­tu­al as far as it goes, but there is more to say about Churchill’s effort to achieve jus­tice in South Africa.…

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“Fauxcahontas.” Elizabeth Warren & Randolph Churchill: “Race: Human”

“Fauxcahontas.” Elizabeth Warren & Randolph Churchill: “Race: Human”

A col­league for­wards Mark Steyn’s hilar­i­ous rant on Eliz­a­beth War­ren, the Mass­a­chu­setts politi­cian who passed her­self off as a native Amer­i­can (because she has “high cheek­bones”) in order get invit­ed to lunch (and not, under­stand, for any career advan­tage).

“A friend got his son into a bet­ter pub­lic school by say­ing he was a native Amer­i­can,” my col­league writes. “Unfor­tu­nate­ly they didn’t tell the kid, so he was quite bewil­dered when the prin­ci­pal approached him one day about an after-school meet­ing for those inter­est­ed in Indi­ans. He also told me that this city you can change your racial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, but only once.”…

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Churchill and the “Feeble-Minded,” Part 2

Churchill and the “Feeble-Minded,” Part 2

con­tin­ued from part 1

Churchill’s ear­ly atti­tudes toward British “moral supe­ri­or­i­ty” were unfounded—but he was born into a world in which vir­tu­al­ly all his coun­try­men believed the same thing, from the Sov­er­eign to a Covent Gar­den gro­cer.

And yet it was Churchill, the aris­to­crat­ic Vic­to­ri­an, who argued that Sudanese had a “claim beyond the grave…no less good than that which any of our coun­try­men could make”; that in South Africa, Boer racism was intol­er­a­ble and the Indi­an minor­i­ty deserved the same rights as all British cit­i­zens. (This was some­thing Gand­hi nev­er for­got, though Churchill did,  and some­thing which Gand­hi praised years lat­er, when they were oppo­nents over the India Bill.)…

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