Fought apartheid

Posted Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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I was interested in Bob Ray Sanders’ recent column about Fort Worth’s policy in the 1970s of divestiture of pension holdings of companies doing business in South Africa. (See: “Fort Worth had role in anti-apartheid movement,” Dec. 18)

I chaired a subcommittee on economics at the 1978 Presbyterian General Assembly where we passed similar resolutions.

I came to understand that it was more than withdrawing support for American companies doing business in South Africa. It was to limit the use of certain technologies (specifically, photographic equipment for internal passports and computers used to track the movements of subjugated populations).

It would be more than a decade before Nelson Mandela was freed, but many people around the world worked for years for justice on his behalf.

It still amazes me that his message after more than a quarter-century in prison was of reconciliation and not revenge.

— Bruce W . Rider, Grapevine

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