By Ralph J. Bunche
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Afr. whites. Said all natives are savages & immoral. Said there is no Jim Crow in So. , but "reserved" sections on trains for natives & colored. 58 After delivering his homily, Scallon finally issued him a landing permit. " Writing to Herskovits a short time later about the permit affair, Bunche admitted that he had prevailed, but only at the cost of having "... "59 Bunche was not the only African American who had to maneuver his way through a bureaucratic thicket to enter South Africa. " After the Anglo-Boer War, first the British and then the South African government strictly limited Page 18 the number of African Americans admitted into South Africa.
57 But Malinowski did not let his misgivings stand in the way of his helping Bunche. He and Schapera contacted a highly placed friend, South African Minister of Interior Jan Hofmeyr, about his plight. Their appeals bore fruit and Schapera wrote Bunche that Pretoria had cabled its London embassy with the permission for Bunche to enter South Africa. When Bunche went to the embassy on 25 June, Scallon informed him he had heard nothing. Bunche proceeded to show him Schapera's letter, and when Scallon called for Bunche's file, he found Hofmeyr's cable in it.
I then turned to Bunche's private papers at the University of California, Los Angeles, to learn more about his South Africa trip. I found several file boxes jammed with 5" × 8" typed file cards containing Bunche's copious field notes on South Africa. He had planned to use the notes for a book on South Africa that he could not pursue past this initial Page 2 period of research. I have edited the note cards into the present collection of travel notes. Bunche's notes are invaluable for several reasons.
An African American in South Africa: the travel notes of Ralph J. Bunche, 28 September 1937-1 January 1938 by Ralph J. Bunche