By Thomas J. Noer
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New York Times, 6 July 1949, p. 2 3 ; Thomas Sancton, "South Africa's Dixiecrats," Nation 168 (28 May 1949): 602-3; R. K. Cope, "White Skin in a Dark Continent," Nation 169 (8 October 1949): 347-48. 18. Central Intelligence Agency Memorandum, "The Political Situation in the Union of South Africa," 31 January 1949, President's Secretary's Files, box 256, Truman Library. Race and Containment / 25 could well be mortgaging the future if the process of decolonization already underway in Asia extended to Africa.
S. "' 4 Following Truman's electioi, the State Department began its first full assessment-of the-canged situation in South Africa. Malan seiit a-delegation to meet with officials in Washington to try to explain the need for and goals of apartheid. America agreed to South African suggestions that the two nations upgrade their missions to full embassies and exchange ambassadors raherthan ministers. -South African relations and an evaluation of the likely foreign and 15 domestic policies of the new regime.
L. Lemnitzer), 5 October 1950, FRUS: 1950, 5:1837-41; Jooste to Acheson, 9 October 1950, FRUS: 1950, 5:1841-42. 30 / Cold War and Black Liberation open criticism of Malan or apartheid. Prior to Korea, McGhee had spoken openly of the problems of racial discrimination in South Africa and the need for America to cooperate with the emerging leaders of black nationalism in Africa. " Although white rule may seem an evil to the black African, "the greatest danger . . S. support of apartheid furthered communist aims by antagonizing African and Asian leaders and by paving the way for armed revolution in South Africa.