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The racial question

04 October 2013

October 3rd, 1913.

[Long reports from the Church Congress in Southampton included this paragraph:]

By Our Special Correspondent.
Southampton, Monday.

"THE Kingdom of God and the Races", our subject this morning, is dry - necessarily dry - but beneath it lies a problem of intense interest and vital importance. . . Lord Selborne confined himself to the knowledge he had gained in South Africa and to the enunciation of principles. He insisted that it is not possible for backward races to live in permanent independence side by side with a civilised race. On this ground he defended the conquest of Matabeleland, and mentioned how other races had placed themselves under the rule of Queen Victoria. But the essential conditions were that the white man's control must be full, complete, and exercised in the light of day. He paid a high tribute to the loyalty of the Basutos. The white man must learn to treat the native with full justice, but on the other hand the native races are not fit to exercise the franchise. Education should not be forced on the unwilling, but opportunities should be offered to the willing. If a native is living the life of a civilized man he should receive the privileges of a civilized man; there should be an opportunity for every native to air his grievances before a minister of the Crown and in the presence of the Press. No artificial barrier should be erected which would prevent the native rising from his present to the highest level. . .


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