Where prejudice exists it always discolors our thoughts -Mark Twain
In the 1988 edition of E-Meter Essentials, the term "black South African" was substituted for "Bantu" that appeared in earlier editions. Under the apartheid government's Population Registration Act (No. 30) of 1950, South Africans were separated into different "races":
"Bantu" was the term used by the government to lump together all indigenous South Africans, without regard to their cultural identity. The term was originally used by anthropologists and linguists to describe the languages of the black Africans as distinct from the click languages of the San (also known as "Bushmen"). Thus, "Bantu" is not an ethnic identification but a linguistic one. To illustrate: the ethnic groups Xhosa (Nelson Mandela, e.g.,) and Zulu (Mangosuthu Buthelezi, e.g.) are both Bantu-speaking peoples with different cultural histories. Over 100 million people in central, east, and southern Africa speak a Bantu language.
The removal of "Bantu" from later editions of E-Meter Essentials suggests that the Church may recognize the racist nature of some of its texts. However, the underlying sentiment—that black South Africans are somehow different than others and therefore require treatment as "meter oddities"—remains unchanged.
Note: See Secrets of Scientology: The E-Meter for further information.
The following excerpt is taken from page 23 of the 1961 edition of E-Meter Essentials by L. Ron Hubbard.
"The Scientology religion is based exclusively upon L. Ron Hubbard's research, writings and recorded lectures —
all of which constitute the Scriptures of the religion"
I. METER ODDITIES
1. There are few exceptions to the rule with E-Meters. They are a study composed of facts which have right or wrong answers and the answers to E-Meter questions are, all in black and white.
2. These are the known exceptions:
3. Some people (a very few in very bad shape) get a rise when they are asked to squeeze the cans. This is a reverse action. It means nothing except they need to be started in low levels.
6. High Tone Arms on anyone (or very low) mean lots of withholds — but they might not be conscious of them all at once. They come off session by session as we run along. …