March 12, 2015
First president of the post – Apartheid South Africa, 1918-2013
Hello, readers! In English class we have been learning about Apartheid. In this unit learning about Apartheid was enlightening. Previously, I was not aware of the terrible lives that the native South Africans had daily in their townships. Problems such as the lack of water, the “pass” and many more injustices inflicted by the Afrikaans during Apartheid shocked me. From completing these inquiries about Apartheid, my perspectives about the world have changed. Firstly, I have reconsidered my opinion about the role of leaders in in society. Secondly, I have reconsidered the effects of oppression and power. Finally, I have new views about the society we live in today.
Previously, my opinion about leaders was that history created them. I also thought that leaders didn’t rally their followers, but just commanded them. But as I learned more about Apartheid, I realize that there is much more to it than that. Firstly, leaders create hope for their supporters.Though this may sound unimportant at first, many people cannot create hope for themselves. And in this case the South Africans needed a leader that could do that for them. Secondly, leaders are role models to their supporters. Most people like me and you wouldn’t stand up for our beliefs if there was a chance to be killed. But these leaders in South Africa did. From researching for my article, I learned that people like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela risked everything they had for their people and beliefs. But what I really was pondering was, how did these people achieved these amazing feats.
Steve Biko, Black Activist, 1946-1977
People like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela had high education and they managed to inspire their generation and beyond. This really confirmed my belief that you can do anything if you believe and try hard enough. But what really suprised me was that these leaders have high education, but they were treated the same as other black people who were living under the rules of Apartheid! When I first became aware of Apartheid I was shocked. Previously I had thought that oppression was something that was treated as a major issue and then decreased. But Apartheid was different. From reading the book Journey to Jo’burg by Beverly Naidoo, I realized that for the South African people Apartheid was part of their daily routines. Injustice was part of their daily lives. When I became aware of this, I could not understand how many South Africans could simply accept it. Furthermore, I could not understand why other countries did not interfere with this injustice.
The Power of One official movie poster
Overall this unit has changed my perspective on our world. I was able to visualise the poverty of the townships and the anger of the native South Africans. I learned the importance of education from watching the movie The Power of One, which was based on the novel by Bryce Courtney, I learned from writing my article that many people are ignorant of problems in other countries. Racism is still a major problem across the world, most notably in America. Many leaders such as Martin Luther King Junior have helped to achieve the same goal as the leaders of South Africa. This made me think, if one person can do so much, what could happen if we all worked together?
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