Apartheid Did Not Die

Apartheid Did Not Die

52 minutes 1998 9.0/10 based on 8 votes

In 1994, millions of South Africans waited patiently to vote in the country’s first democratic elections. The world was inspired because it was the end of Apartheid; a system in which people were forcefully segregated based on the color of their skin.  South Africa then declared that the country belonged to everybody and that everybody would be equally given the right to houses, security, and the opportunity to work.

However, just a look at modern South Africa begs the question why is the freedom for which so many fought and died still missing in this country? Although it’s apparent that Apartheid based on race no longer exists, there’s a deeper issue still manifesting itself and it’s the economic segregation. This form of Apartheid viewed certain humans as no more than cheap labor and was rampant in Most of Europe and the United States. It was this system that allowed a minority to take over most of the land, most of the industrial wealth, and most of the economic power. Ironically, this system is now called Free Market.

Deliberately and systematically people were dispossessed of their lands and the essentials of life. Tens of thousands of children died when their families were forcefully separated. Even today, 87% of all African children suffer poor health and 25% of children under the age of six are malnourished.

When South African people began to protest against Apartheid in the 1980s the regime started to panic because the White privilege that provided one of the highest standard of living on earth, was at risk.

When the African National Congress rose to power, they promised to take over Apartheid’s great collaborators. But then they immediately made some heavy compromises alleging that if they had not done so, there would have been a bloodbath. What they were really doing was accommodating the many demands of the Apartheid regime and its supporters who wanted to maintain economic control.

The deals with the Regime brought on the ANC’s policy of reconciliation. This meant that somebody was going to be called to sacrifice; otherwise it would be impossible for the victims of genocide to reconcile with their oppressors.

The killers and torturers were granted amnesty as long as they took part in a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This was a type of public confessional in which they were not required to apologize for what they had done. They got away with murder.

Is reconciliation even possible, though? Because Apartheid wasn’t about one person hurting another person, it was an entire system that abused an entire group of people— abuse that included murder, violation of basic human rights, and open robbery. Just wrap your mind around the fact that 5% of While South Africans still control 88% of the nation’s wealth. In light of that, is an apology enough? Does it make a difference? Watch this film now.

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  • Phil Bundy

    South Africa now has more murders in an afternoon than they used to get in a year and more prisoners die every month in South African prisons than all 47 years of apartheid combined. Rape has become so common unless it involves a homicide they are not even investigated and what is happening to the whites is called genocide…
    This is fact! NOT bigoted imagination! No excuses but I’m absolutely positive blacks will accept no responsibility for the condition of South Africa or any other black community, city or state anywhere on this planet. Blacks get along with nobody not even themselves. Will somebody please tell me how do we address the problem without honestly looking at all cause and effect, no matter how negative or emotionally ugly it may be?
    Eventually the black population will reach a number that all the countries on earth combined cannot take care of. What do we do then? Start a world war so we may not notice 2 billion people starve to death. Intelligence and behavior is mostly inherited and a genetic reality that cannot be buried or hidden behind social engineering desires.

    I don’t think society failed blacks. I do think based on hard data blacks simply don’t have the inherited intelligence to achieve or behave at a higher level. At what point can we stop these social engineering expectations that black people HAVE to meet a standard that isn’t in their genes? It’s not wrong to be born who you are and it’s nobody’s fault you don’t have a particular talent.

    I want to see everyone find what they’re good at and pursue it and not be unfairly shackled to liberal and leftist expectations about what races/people/group should achieve what based on comparisons to others. That is a terrible way to see the world. Blacks need to be allowed to be who they are and learn to accept their abilities and limits on their own, then figure out where they have merit in this world and achieve at those ends. Humans are not a homogenous whole as liberal thought presents, we have strengths and weaknesses that are both individual and inherited. Some will win some will not be allowed to lose and that is why cities will end up burning and the fault of all of it lies squarely at the feet of the Liberal.. the Leftist.. and the Progressives among us.

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