non-European, adjective and noun

See European.
See note at European.
A. adjective
1. non-white adjective sense 1.
1918 Report of General Manager (Railways & Harbours) 31Considerable progress has been made in the direction of providing separate accommodation on trains for Europeans and non-European passengers.
1942 Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 22, 1941 (Union Office of Census & Statistics) 984The population is divided for census purposes into four racial groups as follows:– (1) Europeans — persons of pure European descent. (2) Natives — pure blooded aboriginals of the Bantu race. (3) Asiatics — Natives of Asia and their descendants; mainly Indians. (4) Coloured — this group consists chiefly of Cape Coloured, but includes also Cape Malays, Bushmen, Hottentots, and all persons of mixed race. The last three groups, when combined, form the group referred to as the ‘Non-European’ group.
c1949 Survey of Race Rel. 1948–9 (S.A.I.R.R.) 11Should we fail to do all in our power to help the Africans and the other Non-European groups attain the highest development possible.
1949 H. Fortes in Hansard 24 May 6451There is frequent disagreement between individuals as to where to classify another individual, whether a particular person is European or non-European...It does not seem to me there is a single reliable popular concept of either one or the other.
1957 N. Mandela in City Press 11 Feb., 1990 5The decision of the government to introduce university segregation is prompted not merely to separate non-European from European students.
1970 Daily News 9 JuneStudents at the University of Natal Medical School..have decided to call themselves ‘black’ rather than ‘non-European’ students.
1985 Cape Times 7 Jan. (Jobfinder) 12Experienced Storeman...Non-European male, matriculated, 27 upwards.
2. non-white adjective sense 2.
1939 R.F.A. Hoernlé S. Afr. Native Policy 52The Indians..were now excluded from the ‘European’ room and compelled to use the ‘Non-European’ room in the company of Natives.
1952 P. Abrahams in Drum July 11I was told the story of the young African intellectual who has a coloured girl friend. Whenever they go to the non-European cinema they are segregated from each other.
1968 J. Lelyveld in Cole & Flaherty House of Bondage 7A white in South Africa who has some need or, less likely, wish to enter an area where black people live must first apply to his local Department of Non-European Affairs for a permit.
1970 Drum Aug. 10With his record of leadership in the Non-European Unity Movement, it would seem hardly likely that he would want to assassinate so amiable a monarch.
1986 M. Ramgobin Waiting to Live 114‘Yes, take both my maids to the non-European hospital, please.’..‘Sorry ma’am, you’ll have to call for one of their taxis, or a non-European ambulance.’
B. noun non-white noun.
1925 E. Prov. Herald 15 Aug. 4The population of the town proper was 24,750 Europeans and 13,134 non-Europeans.
1932 Grocott’s Daily Mail 11 Jan. 3There are 250,000 whites and 350,000 non-Europeans in this country depending on salaries and wages for their living.
1950 Act 21 in Stat. of Union 217In this Act..‘non-European’ means a person who in appearance obviously is, or who by general acceptance and repute is a non-European.
1951 Drum Oct. 8They foster racial hatred among non-Europeans, and aim to split the Africans, Coloureds and Indians from each other.
1960 Star in J. Crwys-Williams S. Afr. Despatches (1989) 330It was 115 hours since 435 miners — the official figure is now six Europeans and 429 non-Europeans — were trapped by rock falls.
1964 N. Nakasa in J. Crwys-Williams S. Afr. Despatches (1989) 245I don’t see that there is any justification in calling me a non-European either. That is as silly as this business of South African Whites who insist that they are Europeans. Some of them have never set foot in Europe. Nor did their grandfathers.
1968 in Cole & Flaherty House of Bondage (facing page) 83 (sign on lift door)Non-Europeans & Goods.
1971 N. Orpen War in Desert (1983) 21Field-Marshal Smuts had laid down as final that all drivers except for armoured fighting vehicles were to be Non-Europeans.
1989 Personality 10 Apr. 33 (caption)Nie-Blankes, Non-Europeans. Europeans, Blankes.

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