1934A.J. BarnouwLang. & Race Problems 29It is only in the Cape Province that distinction is made between natives and coloured people, and that the latter are given a privileged position...In the other Provinces all non-whites are counted among the natives.
1949Blueprint for Blackout (Educ. League) (pamphlet) 7We stand for the principle of the trusteeship of the White, and particularly of the Afrikaner, over the non-White.
1952Manuel & Van de Haer inDrum Aug. 6After 300 years of contact with the non-Whites, it would be difficult to say who really are free from the tarbrush touch and who really do come within the pigment class.
1953Drum July 44He realised he was no longer in England — he was no longer a man: he was a non-white again.
1968J. Lelyveld inCole & FlahertyHouse of Bondage 15The whites have methodically used legislation to strip non-whites of their rights.
1972Drum 22 Feb. 6Non-White is a terrible word for a description of us. It makes us appendages of Whites. If there were no Whites then there wouldn’t be Non-Whites.
1972Fair Lady 14 June 23I heard this said on the SABC news ‘A lorry struck three children and a non-White...’ Don’t you think it sounds just too terrible? What is a non-White? Some kind of non-person?
1972Fair Lady (editorial comment)The SABC PRO in Johannesburg says: ‘Wherever possible we would identify the victim as a Zulu, Xhosa or whatever, but if the accident is fatal and the victim isn’t carrying any identification we refer to him or her as a non-White.’
1980C. HermerDiary of Maria Tholo 194At Kenilworth Centre it used to say, ‘Whites’ and ‘Non-whites’. Now on both it just says ‘Women’.
1986P. MaylamHist. of Afr. People 183Karis and Carter have remarked, ‘Xuma was both an Africanist..and a multiracialist,..but turning increasingly to cooperation with nonwhites’.
1990Weekend Post 3 Mar. 8He had queued at the ‘non-whites’ counter in the Upington post office on a hot afternoon...‘Since when do baboons receive telegrams?’ asked the postmaster. ‘Since monkeys became postmasters,’ replied Mr Rabie.
1991J. Borger inFocus on Afr. Apr.–June 31Non-whites will have no place in the Boerestaat, not even as domestic workers.
1992R.H. Du PreMaking of Racial Conflict 159If the non-whites threatened to penetrate the carefully constructed cocoon, he could easily form a laager and repel the threat.
1956Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 28, 1954–55 (Bureau of Census & Statistics) 679White Persons — persons who in appearance obviously are, or who are generally accepted as white persons, but excluding persons who, although in appearance obviously white, are generally accepted as Coloured persons;..Natives..Asiatics..Cape Malays..Coloured...The last four groups, when combined, form the group referred to as the non-white group.
1961M.A. WallDominee & Dom-Pas 55If the police had discovered the non-White journalist of the party, who first hid and then masqueraded as the servant of the White reporter, the menace might not have been mere show.
1968J. Lelyveld inCole & FlahertyHouse of Bondage 9Thirty-six million of the forty-two million people who will be living in South Africa in the year 2000 will be non-white.
1973Cape Times 19 May 6‘Non-White’ (although, at times, it is necessary to use it as a blanket descriptive) is in truth absurd. It implies that ‘White’ is the norm from which all other skin colours deviate.
1973M. Reinhart inJ. Crwys-WilliamsS. Afr. Despatches (1989) 371The impression that unseemly displays of the female body must make on non-White men, many of whom are only half civilised, need not be mentioned.
1980C. HermerDiary of Maria Tholo 55Before the riots the coloureds used to keep us away from them...The fact is we are all under one blanket. We are all non-white.
1983Cape Times 28 Dec. 1Police have refused to make known the number of ‘non-white’ bathers turned away from, ordered off or summonsed for being on the Peninsula’s ‘white beaches’ over the Christmas weekend.
1990Weekend Post 7 July 6The term ‘non-white’ was an anachronism and a racist South African term which was especially ludicrous when used to describe an American.
1991G. Spence inSunday Tribune 19 May 8‘Any encouragement’ of squatting in the area would be a ‘grave disservice to the non-white community’.
1991J. Anderson inFocus on Afr. July–Sept. 81We see ourselves as non-white — maybe on paper we’re black or we’re coloured or we’re Asian, but in the eyes of the whites we’re all the same, oppressed.
1994B. Khumalo inWeekly Mail & Guardian 16 Sept. 26They thought it was an insult to call somebody ‘black’ so they came up with all sorts of euphemisms like ‘people of colour’ and ‘non-white’, thinking it was less offensive.
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