October 25, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(17):1346-1348. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660170062025

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The Dangerous Position of the White Man in South Africa  The census director, Mr. Cousins, who is now undersecretary for labor, has issued an ominous report as to the survival of the white race in South Africa. He lays emphasis on the increase of the colored population in the union as compared with the white, in spite of the fact that in the influenza epidemic of 1918 half a million natives died—a fact not published heretofore. Mr. Cousins concludes that the European race can hold its own in South Africa only by accessions from abroad. Failing this, it must abandon the prospect of maintaining a white civilization, except as a proportionately diminishing minority in the face of an increasing and ultimately overwhelming majority. It may then be forced to abandon its domination or even to abandon the country. It may accept the solution of degeneracy by perpetuating a Eur-African civilization.

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