to make your slaves white is to be a settler and not a planter


In one of the most genteel families in Cape Town an Irishman is kept, for no other apparent purpose but that of improving the stock of the slaves. The children of this man are the fairest and handsomest slave children I have seen in South Africa.

British Anti-Slavery propaganda, cited by Donal P. McCracken, ‘A Minority of a Minority of a Minority: the Irish in South Africa’, European migrants, diasporas and indigenous ethnic minorities, ed. Matjaz Klemencic, Mary N. Harris (Pisa: Plus-Pisa University Press, 2009).

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