Counter Context to the Predominant Modern Narrative Blaming Race Alone for Social and Economic inequalities in 1965-1979 Rhodesia

Rhodesia maintained cultural and economic ties with Western nations that transcended racial considerations. These ties were often based on shared historical connections, trade relationships, and geopolitical considerations.

  • Supporting Detail: The white minority in Rhodesia had cultural affinities and economic ties with Western nations. This led to a complex web of relationships that influenced economic policies and sustained certain sectors of the economy.
    • The development of the nations infrastructure, intellectual capital, and trade relationships would not have been likely established when they did without the country having been colonized by the white minority.
    • The Rhodesian colonies were established by the British government which has a longstanding cultural dedication to education.
      • White farmers used advanced agricultural techniques which produced high yields. This is the most prominent of many relevant educational conditions that contributed to the economic successes of the white minorly. These became available to the country as a result of the white minority’s ancestral/cultural background.
      • It was the economic successes that arose as a result of these cultural ties and educational achievements which the black majority was fighting for access to.
      • In order for the black population to be integrated, the white population would have to up something that from their perspective they created and worked to earn. The selfishness of human nature is not solely tied to racism even if it contributes to its susceptibility.
    • Considering the colonial history of the nations founding, and the complex demographics of the population, integration is more complicated than simply racial discrimination. I will discuss this at length in a separate opinion post to follow up on this article post-publishing.

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