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Brown v. Board of Education: A South African Perspective


by Neville Alexander — 2006

South African liberals had a field day in attacking the evidently stone-deaf neo-Nazi apartheid regime from the position of the moral high ground. Left-wing opponents of the regime, such as the members of the TLSA, had a more ambivalent position since in their view, slanted by both a class struggle as well as an anti-Western angle of vision, it was always advisable to examine carefully any gifts borne by the ruling class of the United States. Even though we were stridently anti-Stalinist and consistently critical of the authoritarian and tyrannical rule of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, we were even more ardently and implacably opposed to the enticements of what to us was the imperialism of the West. In reflecting on the dynamics of that period, I find that we were decidedly myopic in not making much more of the political propaganda value of the Court’s judgement.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol. 105. No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 14, 2006, p. 251-273
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18608, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 1:46:04 AM

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  • Neville Alexander
    PRAESA Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, University of Cape Town
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    NEVILLE ALEXANDER is director of the PRAESA Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa at the University of Cape Town.
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