An inversion of the term non-white, used as an affirmation of black identity and dignity.
A.nounA white person; one who is not a black African.
1953G. Magwaza inDrum Apr. 29I’ve tried a couple of collective nouns for the lot: non-Europeans, non-whites and whatnot. I’m fed up with these negatives. Natives is meaningless...I’m now toying with blacks and non-blacks.
1970Daily News 9 JuneStudents at the University of Natal Medical School..have decided to call themselves ‘black’ rather than ‘non-European’ students...The students no longer wished to be referred to as ‘the negative of another group’...In future, ‘other students will be referred to as non-blacks’.
1971Rand Daily Mail 27 July 12If the few Whites were sent to Australia instead (it would be cheaper too), then there would be no question of Blacks and Non-Blacks and we Blacks would live happily.
1972Drum 8 Mar. 8Well a great many Drum readers already refer to Whites as Non-Blacks and the idea seems to be catching on.
1973Drum 8 May 22Yesterday there was an incident concerning what is called a Non-White. For one I am a non-Black.
1980Cape Times 18 Oct. 6The Botha strategy as presently conceived is to co-opt a coloured and Asian elite to the side of the whites by means of the President’s Council, drawing white and coloured more closely together. This in itself is not a bad thing but it creates a dreadful danger of non-blacks appearing to gang up together against the blacks.
1980[see sense B].
1982Voice 6 June 4It seems even so-called liberal newspapers have fallen for Pretoria’s terminology and political-thinking by always referring loosely to ‘South Africans’, whereas in fact they mean only non-Blacks!
B.adjectiveOf or pertaining to one who is white, or to one who is not a black African.
1980C. HermerDiary of Maria Tholo 2The administrative section contained the post office and rent office as well as an office to issue permits without which no non-black person could enter the township.
1980Rand Daily Mail 29 Nov. 1At present, blacks appear in these courts. It seems that the intention is to make non-black offenders also go before them.
1980StaffriderVol.3No.4, 27You never find a rubbish heap, right in the middle of the town, in a non-black area. You see, those non-blacks don’t like rubbish even if it is their own.
1987Collins & Dyan inLeadershipVol.6No.3, 97As for full-blown Leninist communism we estimate that only one in 12 of those designated ‘radicals’ — both black and non-black — are persuaded of the truth of the revolutionary faith.
1993Sunday Times 31 Oct. 17It does..raise a number of questions for ‘non-black’ liberals. Do they have to accept black leadership simply because black South Africans are a numerical majority?
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