Sunday, September 18, 2005

Historical Canadian Complicity Tidbit

Here's something I never learned in history class: In the infamous massacre of Black South Africans at Sharpeville by the apartheid regime on 21 March 1960 -- the event which inspired the choice of that date as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the United Nations six years later -- the government strafed the crowd using Sabre fighter jets that were manufactured in Montreal.

That's right...Canadians profited from equipping the racist regime in South Africa with the means to attack anti-apartheid demonstrators.

(This is according to page 446 of The Blacks in Canada: A History, 2nd Edition by Robin W. Winks, a book I will soon complete and review on this site.)

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