Socialisation In Black Society

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Socialisation plays a significant role to both individuals and the societies in which they live and is a crucial part of individual development and identity. Socialisation can be described as the process whereby individuals and groups adjust to the norms of a society and conduct themselves in a manner which is accepted by that particular society. The rise of the Black Consciousness Movement that took place in South Africa was highly inspired and directed by anti-Apartheid leaders such as Bantu Stephen Biko in the mid-1960s. In this essay, I aim to demonstrate my argument that black people were socialised during the Apartheid era by the white government in a manner which had deliberately strived to dehumanise the black people. Furthermore, I…show more content…
Black people were purposefully separated from most social contact with whites and any activities which they were involved in. The system was programmed in a manner that has been deliberately designed to make life for the black person excruciating. The education scheme was systematically designed to equip black people for inferior occupations by making it difficult for black people to pursue certain academic standards. Even in low income work environments which held a small proportion of poor white people, black people were always treated unfairly and the white race had advantages over the black people in terms of voice and being protected by the laws of the white government. Thus, the white government prevented black people from gaining any knowledgeable or philosophical power. Black people were restricted from owning property and were placed in inadequate poverty-stricken areas. “The logic behind white domination is to prepare the black man for the subservient role in this country. All in all the black man has become a shell, a shadow of man, completely defeated, drowning in his own misery, a slave, an ox bearing the yoke of oppression with sheepish timidity.” (Biko, 1978, pp. 30-31) The white government took things further by being able to oppress and control the mind of the black race by completely eliminating any spark of contentment they had left such as spiritual expression. Black people were forced to adapt to the culture and religious teachings of the white man as they were deprived from their own traditional beliefs and cultural practices. “No longer was reference made to African culture, it became barbarism. Religious practices and customs were referred to as superstition. No wonder the African child learns to hate his heritage in his days at school. So negative the image presented to him that he tends to find solace
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