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Nermal shows insensitivity to reality of apartheid

When reading The Tech comics section, one runs the necessary risk of having one's aesthetic sensibilities assaulted. Friday, I ran this risk and got the added bonus of having my intelligence insulted.

Apparently the author of Nermal gives as little thought to his political opinions as he gives the artwork. The Sullivan Principles (which he seems to know inside out) and the principle of constructive engagement are lame rationalizations used to justify US corporate support for apartheid. No doubt Coca-Cola does not mind being labeled "one of the most progressive companies in South Africa," [Nermal, Feb. 23] but could we stop and think about what that means? Doing business in South Africa means reaping the benefits of the barbaric social and economic segregation that exists there. If most of Coca-Cola's South African employees are black, what do you think they are being paid? Do you believe everything you read?

Sanctions work. Why were they appropriate for Nicaragua (to affect election results) and Panama (to weaken resistance to a US invasion), but not for South Africa, where the human rights situation is far worse? To those who say that pulling out of South Africa would hurt black South Africans more than whites, the answer of the African National Congress and other reform groups has been "hurt us, please!" The only way to encourage reform in South Africa is to apply economic pressure through trade sanctions. The only way to make US corporations apply this pressure is to alter our consumption of their products.

Joel J. Gwynn '89->