They are blaming all of the bad stuff that happens in there everyday life on the Blacks of South Africa. They are not seeing the big picture which is that the white forced themselves into their land and caused them to become poor and are forcing them to scramble for money. The blacks really did nothing to be
However, racial segregation was practiced with the greatest severity in South Africa. In fact, South Africa has world’s most complete system of racial segregation. South Africans use a specific term for racial segregation- ‘apartheid’. This term has, probably, originated in 1940s from Afrikaans language, one of the official languages of South Africa. It developed in 17th century, around the period when Dutch invaders settled in South Africa.
The non-white political representation was abolished in the 1970, and starting in that year, the black people were deprived of their citizenship, legally becoming citizens of one of 10 tribally based self-governing homelands, four of which became independent states. The government segregated education, medical care, beaches, and other public services and provided black people with services that were inferior to white people. Apartheid sparked significant internal resistance of violence. Starting in the 1950s, a series of popular uprisings and protests resulted in a retaliatory ban and the imprisonment of anti-apartheid leaders. Along with the sanctions placed on South Africa by the international community, this made it increasingly difficult for the government to maintain the regime.
Not only black though, if they were white and wanted to marry a Malay or a Mongolian it was illegal. Continuing on, because the whites thought they were so superior, the blacks were given less opportunities and mistreated. The whites had more luxuries and were paid more, while the blacks had the limited basic stuff, low income and were also treated with violence and abuse. Even threats to kill them and violence from the KKK. All this, the segregation, everything that the blacks were faced with was all because of their skin colour and the arrogance of the white people, wanting to be segregated from them.
However, living as a black in South Africa during apartheid, your opportunities are limited. Education was not valued greatly in South Africa. “They, like myself, had grown up in an environment where the value of an education was never emphasized, where the first thing a child learned was not how to read and write and spell, but how to fight and steal and rebel; where the money to send children to school was grossly lacking, for survival was first priority...” (Mathabane, 123). Upon entry into school, Mark broke the typical stereotype, he went on to be top in his class, and he was even awarded the simba quix scholarship due to of his academic excellence throughout his 3 years of secondary school. Along the way, Mark fell in love with a white sport, Tennis.
By the 1960s, the affliction of Apartheid and respression of internal opposition in South Africa had still not ceased to desist, despite growing world criticism of South Africa 's racially discriminatory policies. The basic ideological premise of apartheid was that blacks were not really full citizens of South Africa and, therefore, were not entitled to any official representation. Most Africans had little say in the conduct of the state affairs in their countries and were exploited, manipulated or simply left aside and forgotten. Thousands of Africans, Asians and other groups (ultimately numbering about 3.5 million by the 1980s) were removed from white areas into the land set aside for other racial groups. Under apartheid, over 80% of the land was held by 13% of the population.
Through this, races did not have equal access or opportunities in life since they were restricted by their skin colour. Plenty of acts or laws were passed in the moulding of Apartheid. Now coming to post-apartheid South Africa, plenty of inequalities created and enforced by the segregation system still remains
Up until 1990, South Africa was governed under an oppressive apartheid system which subjugated all non-white (non-European) citizens. Non-white citizens were forced to live in separate and isolated locations; they were forced to carry “passes” or identification documents with them at all times in order to travel from place to place; they were provided with separate public amenities, such as public bathrooms and even park benches. The main proponents of this legislative discrimination were the National Party, a predominantly Afrikaans political group which functioned as a totalitarian dictatorship, subjugating the non-white demographic majority of South Africa. However, in 1990, under immense pressure abroad and from conscientious objectors at home, the process of repealing the Apartheid laws began; and in 1994 the first fully democratic elections were held in South Africa in which all races, demographics and creeds were represented inclusively. The result: Nelson Mandela was elected the first black president of South Africa and the age of subjugation and inequality had finally come to an end.
I first learned about segregation in the third grade during Black history month. I guess since I learned in class that it was a thing of the past, I could not see pass that most of my classmates were Black or from other minority groups. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I was attending predominantly Black and Latino school staff was mainly Caucasian. I believe their presence in the school gave off the illusion that I was in a racially diverse environment, even though there were a lower percentage of Caucasian students in the schools I attended. It was not until I read “Still Separate Still Not Equal” by Kozol, that I was made me aware of this.
SECTION A: SHORT QUESTIONS QUESTION 1 Explain the author’s views about politics and education in South Africa. According to the author, many people in South Africa were deprived their right to access quality education due to apartheid and colonialism. The founder of apartheid, Hendrik Verwoerd, was blamed by a senior politician for the failure of education in the country and apartheid continues to negatively affect the nation. The ruling government in South Africa uses education to score political points from the public by making it seem as if they are achieving high percentage pass rates in secondary schools by using low 30% and 40% pass rates instead of 50% the universally accepted pass rate. If they used 50%, the result will be poor