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Why Does South Africa Continue to be Segregated 25 Years After Apartheid?

(Source: History.com, 2010)

Apartheid was an impactful event in history for black people. It not only transformed injustices in South Africa but it managed to touch and motivate people worldwide to rethink their prejudices. Apartheid was a policy that governed relations between South Africa’s white minority and nonwhite majority. It was racial segregation, political and economic discrimination towards nonwhite South Africans. The Man behind the fight for equality in the country was Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist that fought for the people who were discriminated against by the system of racial segregation. Mandela created many marches and protests to fight the system of racial inequality, which kept all races separate from one another.

After 1994, the architecture of apartheid—the separation of rich and poor, black and white – was to be eradicated to plan out a different way of living. This is not quite what occurred after 1994. Cities such as  Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and other cities in South Africa are visibly and severely segregated. These cities remained divided.

Poverty levels are highest among black people in South Africa, whereas white people make up the majority of the privileged or top 5% of the population. The source of the inequality that plagues South Africa is still so visible. Unemployment, poor education programs, and a collapsing public health system take a toll on the country’s social and economic statuses. We could agree, though, that racism is a never-ending cycle that still occurs today worldwide, not only against black people but basically the majority of different minorities as they continue not to be accepted into society’s standards. Therefore as views change and people become educated, there are ways people can learn, as long as they are willing to educate themselves on important issues and history like this one.

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