The Apartheid: a Social and Political Injustice

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THE APARTHEID: A SOCIAL AND POLITICAL INJUSTICE South Africa is a country afflicted by a past of enforced racism and separation of its multi-racial community. The Europeans of Great Britain invaded the country and imposed a political system known as ‘Apartheid’. This system severely restricted the rights and lifestyle of the non-white inhabitants of the country forcing them to live entirely in separation. This system of imposed racial ideas although now ended, has left an imprint on the thoughts and culture of African descendants worldwide. To be discussed are the affects that this sociopolitical system had on the indigenous peoples of South Africa, as well as the emergence of African independence across the political landscape. One hundred years ago in 1913 the Natives Land Act was passed in South Africa just three years after gaining its independence. Consequently this law included extreme restriction of land ownership amongst South Africa’s majority black population. A residual 7% of agricultural land was provided to the native Africans although they made up 67% of the entire population. These reserves became the basis for Apartheid; they became forcibly settled and segregated cheap labor rings. Africans and Europeans were strictly to purchase and lease land in respect to their own ethnicity. In opposition to these outrageous laws was the South African National Native Congress, which became later known as the African National Congress led by none other than Nelson Mandela. In the late 1940s, throughout the continent Africa began to see plans of reform that increased the representation of the African population. However, in South Africa European dominance continued as union legislative and executive positions were restricted only to the whites further solidifying their power over the state. The effects of World War II and the Great Depression were beginning
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