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Nonwhites Need Not Apply Here

Under apartheid, homelands were created to isolate and repress blacks. Here in the crackling heat of the high bush, where jackals and antelope roam wildflower-carpeted mountains, some South Africans are dreaming of another kind of homeland: for white people. Not just any white people, but conservative white Afrikaners who feel displaced by black majority rule and say their Bible abhors the racial mixing that is a feature of the new South Africa. They are moving to places such as Kleinfontein, one of three all-white Afrikaner communities whose leaders advocate self-rule. “History has turned topsy-turvy. We’re reduced to a minority group,” Niel de Beer, the 65-year-old chairman of the Kleinfontein cooperative, lamented as he pulled up to 20-foot guard towers that stand sentinel along the red dirt road leading into the community of 420. “In Kleinfontein, we are a Volks, a small nation. Eventually we hope it will lead to statehood.” As the heavy iron doors swing open against the sun-bleached high grass, it’s clear this is no ordinary gated community. It’s partly the way people talk, in a discriminatory lexicon no longer publicly acceptable in South Africa. Full Story

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