Politics In Cry, The Beloved Country By Alan Paton

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The word politics comes from the Greek word “polis” which means the community as a whole, an idealistic society. Politicians govern the world, yet their ruling does not contribute to an equal livelihood for all citizens. Over the course of history, politics has played a crucial role in the lives of minorities, and in many cases has hindered their ability to live equally in a world of prejudice.
Politics disrupts the equilibrium between socioeconomic classes in the world because of the restrictions that result from the disproportionate protection of minority interests. There is no equality for minorities politically, socially, and economically because political decisions overwhelmingly determine how they live. In Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton exhibits this central problem for minorities by making his characters in the novel reveal how blacks truly lived in 1948 during this period of segregation and political inequality.
Minority ethnic groups are fewer in number relative to other ethnic groups in the population, and they are often underrepresented in government. The minority group differs by the demographics of each country and the time period. Politicians manipulate laws and regulations to oppress certain minority groups. As seen in Cry, the Beloved Country, the politicians’ only concern is creating legislation that benefits the needs of a select group.
Recently, many states across the United States enacted new voting identification requirements. This new law requires identification be presented when voting. If someone does not have one, they must pay to get an identification just for voting rights. A meeting in Washington revealed that the “laws are intended to prevent African Americans in particular from voting beca...

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...ve blacks that have to leave their native land. Later on in book two, the land is in reference to the whites’ partition of South Africa. The land is not depleted, but well tended; the openness and vitality of the land offer a sheer contrast to the depiction contained in book one. Paton symbolically portrays the destruction of the apartheid in the ownership of land.
Examples from history and Alan Paton’s novel show the social injustices that stems from the misrepresentation of ethnic groups in government. Minorities will continue to suffer political injustices day in and day out. In an ideal world, governments would enact policies that aligned with the needs of its constituents. Until this ideology becomes a reality, atrocities like apartheid and economic discrimination will continue to affect minority groups governed by fundamentally misrepresentative governments.

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