He was one of the leaders of many protests and considered a threat to the government. After this incident, the United Nations issued a mandatory arms embargo in an effort to prevent any further casualties (Dowling 19). In the late 1970’s liberations fights rose within black communities and they began gaining a threshold on freedom. The Black South Africans did well to fight the laws that segregated them from white society. They also endured throughout the time the unfair treatment was poured upon them by the White South Africans.
Have you ever wondered how it would feel to be considered inferior because of your race? The people of South Africa had to endure racial inferiority during the era of apartheid. The apartheid laws the government of South Africa made led to an unequal lifestyle for the blacks and produced opposition. South Africa really began to suffer when apartheid was written into the law. Apartheid was first introduced in the 1948 election that the Afrikaner National Party won.
(South African History, 2013) The opposition of the Land Act formed the African National Congress (ANC). The African National Congress wanted a democratic future where all races would enjoy equal rights. (Encyclopedia, 2008) South Africa was going through a hard time, ”The Great Depression” and ”The World War 2” brought economical problems for the Africans. The government needed to strengthen its policies of racial segregation, and they did. In 1948, the Afrikaner... ... middle of paper ... ... first free multiracial elections were held and Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, this marked the official end of the Apartheid system.
Apartheid was a social and political system of extreme segregation that was enforced by the predominantly white government. The system’s purpose was to ensure the domination of the white people (Downing, 2004). Though apartheid physically trapped black South Africans within their own country, the blacks' voices preaching of freedom, equality, and fraternity rose from the darkness of apartheid. One of the most influential voices is of Nelson Mandela. During the beginnings of apartheid in the 1940s, Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC), an organization that rallied against discrimination and strived to win rights for all Africans (Downing, 2004).
In 1948, the leader of the Afrikaner National Party, Francois Malan, became president of South Africa and picks up apartheid. The government policy forces racial segregation across the country as Black African, Coloured, and Indians are discriminated against as minority and non-white citizens. The height of the Apartheid was between 1950 and 1960 where there was violence and riots across the countries as the coloured protestors tried to fight for their freedom. One protestor stood out from the rest. Nelson Mandela moved with his fellow minorities to fight for freedom and was one of the main causes for South Africa being broken from racial segregation.
The animosity and ideals that whites had toward blacks after slavery was outlawed spawned segregation. The societal forces that arose from American history was the major cause of the oppression of African Americans, but individual separation was instigated to counter the persecution. Works Cited King, Martin Luther “Letters from Birmingham Jail.” Cultural Conversations: the Presence of the Past. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001.
The Harm caused by Slavery still continues to be suffered by the community through this day. African Americans have always been devalued in the American Legal System. Even since the days of colonial Europe, it was custom, not law that African Americans were inferior to their Anglophone whites. They have always held that they were inferior, meant to be subjugated by the superior and dominant white Anglophone race. It has been ingrained in custom and cultural beliefs of America and thus the American legal system is inherently prejudiced against African Americans.
Due to the strict national government many black South Africans felt displaced from their culture. Although South Africa has made tremendous strides towards equality, the brutal control of whites ruling the country for decades has made it extremely difficult for South Africa to transform into a country equal for all races. Music is intimately linked and reinforces South Africa’s history of deep divisions of race, class and gender. To illustrate how South Africa’s history, of the blacks fighting for freedom and justice embodies South African music, this paper will focus on two prominent musical groups who changed South Africa for the better. First to be discussed is Orpheus McAdoo, an African American singer from Virginia who successfully toured South Africa with his Virginia Jubilee singers.
With Mandela becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994, white minority rule formally concluded. Moves towards continuous social development for Black South Africans would prove to be difficult as the Post-apartheid nation sought to rapidly reverse the decades of land segregation and enactment of white supremacy. Present societal institutions were born as the offspring of the past. Alleviating white supremacy and its ideals proves to be difficult as the implementation of this racial hierarchy prevailed throughout every aspect of life. Its ideals that promote the notion of Black persons being inferior and the marginalization of this racial group continues within society in the present day.
“Apartheid, which means the state of being apart, was the national system of racial segregation in South Africa in which the rights of the majority black inhabitants were diminished. At the same time the rights of the minority white inhabitants were maintained. It’s life span lasted from 1948-1994. (Overcoming Apartheid).” Apartheid was very similar to segregation in the United States, schools, neighborhoods, restaurants, and even sporting events were segregated. “One of the reasons for the being of apartheid was that the powerful Afrikaans thought it was God’s will for the blacks and whites in South Africa to be segregated.