What is apartheid?

Apartheid in South Africa was caused by the National Party, (an all-white government) that enforced a strong policy of racial segregation through legislation. This legislation was known as apartheid, and roots in the 1913 Land Act after South African independence.

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A sign during the Apartheid Era
          Racial segregation was widely practiced in South Africa before 1948. The national party made segregation okay and allowed by calling it Apartheid and making it official.

Image result for apartheidThe Group Areas Act of 1950 established residential and business sections in urban areas for each race. Other races were not allowed to live there, own any land, or operate any businesses. Some other laws didn’t even allow contact between some races.

The Eden Project

An example of Apartheid is a whites only community in South Africa, called the Eden Project.The Eden project is a whites only community located in South Africa where there are only white people allowed. The only black person that goes in the community, works there and is supposed to leave immediately when he is done.

Whites Only Community Documentary Clip

If you didn’t watch the video it basically is this guy (white guy obviously) interviewing the white female leader., the leader of The Eden Project says some bull crap like. “God doesn’t want us to mix and that is why we stay apart from the blacks and it’s very possible for blacks to be a different species.” When asked “What would be the problem with having blacks in the Image result for apartheidgovernment anyway?” and she answered “Just the fact that because of our religion, t’s not meant to be that way.”
First off we’re all human, we all bleed the same color. Secondly the fact that the people in this community are trying to exclude blacks in a place where they make up most of the population makes zero sense to me.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-Apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa.

When Nelson Mandela was young and he would hear stories about his ancestors’ bravery he dreamed of making his own contribution to the his people’s struggle for freedom.

When Nelson Mandela began his studies for a Bachelors of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare he was not able to  finish because he got expelled for joining in a student protest. But that did’t stop Mandela from rising up. He completed his degree through the University of South Africa and then went back to Fort Hare for his graduation in 1943.

Mandela immersed himself in official talks to end minority white rule and in 1991 was elected ANC president and he won the Nobel Piece Prize and voted for the first time in his life in 1994. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years and was not allowed to attend his mother’s or brother’s funerals for but every time he was knocked down he got back up.

Nelson Mandela and many other leaders have taught me many things. But the most important thing I have learned from him is to be willing to die for what I believe in but also fighting like hell to live for it.

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