South Afric Looking Beyond Apartheid

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South Africa: Looking Beyond Apartheid
The skyscrapers of Johannesburg reach for the heavens, up to 50 stories tall. Crowding the streets is a traffic of South Africans of all races checking their ringing phones and rushing to their office jobs. A picture of starving black children and drought-stricken land better fits our story of South Africa, but that picture is much more harmful than it is true. Often we see South Africa through a lens of Apartheid that delves into the immense anti-black racism that existed during that time period, but it is also crucial to see the country from a post-Apartheid view to better understand today’s citizens and culture. It is equally important to see the conflict between other races and the multitude of reasons the conflagration that was Apartheid continued to burn long after it should have died. A building cannot be built without a foundation, just as the story of Apartheid cannot be told without mentioning both how the government developed and the cause of this terrible sequence of events. The story of Apartheid begins with the colonization of South Africa. In the late-18th and early-19th centuries, the British and the Dutch (Boers) established a colony in present-day Eastern Cape that was switched between the control of both groups multiple times. Eventually, they came to live as peaceful neighbors until, in 1867, they discovered diamonds and gold in the area, making it inevitable that, in October of 1899, “full-scale war” broke out…
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