‘Now as Then’? Race, Remembrance and the Rhodesian Nation in the 1970s
Kenrick considers the role of race in Rhodesian nationalism, through white responses to black nationalism challenges to the nation in the 1970s. It looks at how white Rhodesians viewed the black rejection of Anglo-Rhodesian settlement proposals in 1972 and later white reactions to the Rhodesian Front’s internal settlement with black nationalists and the approach of majority rule. The chapter uses news media and legislative assembly debates to consider how the settler portrayal of Africans as ‘unchanging’ was often highly contingent and dependent upon circumstance.