swart gevaar, noun phrase

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, swart black + gevaar danger, peril.
Note:
In both senses also called black peril (sense 2). See also gevaar.
1. A perceived threat posed by black people to whites; black people collectively; black danger, see black adjective sense 1 d; ?nonce, a black person. Also attributive.
1939 R.F.A. Hoernlé S. Afr. Native Policy 1To protect White South Africa against ‘the Native Danger’ — die donker gevaar or die swart gevaar — is..the simple pole towards which the needle of Native Policy steadily points.
1960 C. Hooper Brief Authority 226His actual experience of real Africans — the nanny who carried him, the companions who played with him, the ‘boy’ who worked in the garden — had in no way modified his fears of the Peril, the Swart Gevaar.
1971 Daily Dispatch 16 Sept. 8The Dean said: ‘I believe apartheid is a doctrine based on one of the great emotions, fear, the “swart gevaar”.’
1973 Newsweek 15 Oct. 16Once again, the great white hope has triumphed over die swart gevaar (the black danger).
1977 World 13 Oct. 3Only a Nationalist landslide..could hold back the ‘swart gevaar’. (Black menace).
1978 P.-D. Uys in S. Gray Theatre One 157Anna:..So what did the Swart Gevaar take? Mouse: Everything. My writing paper, my perfume, my spare pair of glasses.
1979 M. Matshoba Call Me Not a Man 124Where were the haters then? Doubtlessly barricaded in their hatred and waiting, shotguns in readiness, for a swart gevaar onslaught on their identity and civilization.
1982 E. Prov. Herald 17 July 4Afrikaners believed and white politicians pronounced that blacks were dangerous — the swart gevaar.
1983 Pace Oct. 20A black guy..seeing his white girlfriend off at the station..was rudely reminded that he was in South Africa by a bunch of white toughies. But such incidents are becoming a thing of the past as ‘swart gevaar’ takes over.
1991 J. Pauw In Heart of Whore 220He had believed he was fighting for a just cause ‘against ANC terrorists, communists and the swart gevaar (black peril)’.
1992 S. Macleod in Time 9 Mar. 27The A.W.B. has..at the root of its militancy..what it terms the swart gevaar, or black threat.
2. A political slogan introduced in the elections of 1929 (see To the Point quotation 1974), referring to the threat of whites being swamped by the black majority; any political tactic evoking fear and prejudice. Also attributive.
1948 P.V.G. Van der Byl in Hansard 20 Jan. 111By their ineptitude as an Opposition they have become our best friends: In a pathetic attempt to get into power they have dropped Republicanism and adopted the Swart Gevaar.
1970 Daily News 16 Oct. 5The Government has returned to the old tactics of ‘swart gevaar’.
1971 Sunday Times 14 Nov. 14‘Swart gevaar’ propaganda, a luxury South Africa can no longer afford if it ever could afford it.
1973 Cape Times 13 June 12There is a widespread feeling in the Republic that a halt must be called to the sterile politics of Boerehaat and swart gevaar.
1974 Daily Dispatch 26 July 14Functioning in terms of the old politics, which amounted to a contest to see who could scare the electorate most successfully with swart gevaar.
1974 To the Point 29 Apr. 28It was the late Oswald Pirow who introduced the well-known propaganda slogan, the Swart Gevaar (Black Peril) as a trump card in the election of 1929 when the first Nationalist Government was caught in the world-wide depression of the time. Ironically, this Swart Gevaar, though in a somewhat different form, is still with us as an election issue.
1977 F.G. Butler Karoo Morning 111In the early ’thirties, in the shadow of the ‘swart gevaar’ election, during the depression when blacks and whites were competing for the same pick-and-shovel jobs, she would have the priest in charge of the black Anglican parish..to tea.
1981 Weekend Post 9 May 1While some Ministers took a verligte line in their speeches, others reverted to ‘swartgevaar’ tactics.
1982 Sunday Times 28 Feb. 46A petition is circulating at present in Secunda suggesting that a curfew be imposed at night on the black population...But a curfew tends to support the ‘swartgevaar’ neurosis, and does not distinguish between the guilty and the innocent.
1983 S. Motjuwadi in Drum Apr. 16When the Nats got into power in 1948 they did so on the ‘swaart gevaar’ ticket.
1991 S. Sole in Sunday Tribune 19 May 8The CP..have been using the ‘swart gevaar’ scare tactics that served the Government so well for so long.
A perceived threat posed by black people to whites; black people collectively; black danger, see blackadjective1 d; nonce, a black person. Also attributive.
A political slogan introduced in the elections of 1929 (see To the Point quotation 1974), referring to the threat of whites being swamped by the black majority; any political tactic evoking fear and prejudice. Also attributive.
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