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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Whites Only

I'm currently reading Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president.  It's amazing to me to read about apartheid and how the white government oppressed the black citizens of South Africa.  It's even more amazing to me to that this form of government existed until 1994 when the first open election took place.  Here's a quote from the book:

"...it was a crime to walk through a Whites Only door, a crime to ride a Whites Only bus, a crime to use a Whites Only drinking fountain, a crime to walk on a Whites Only beach, a crime to be on the streets after 11p.m., a crime not to have a pass book and a crime to have the wrong signature in that book, a crime to be unemployed and a crime to be employed in the wrong place, a crime to live in certain places and a crime to have no place to live."
Nelson Mandela

 Source LSE Library 


1 comment:

  1. I'm reading Cry the Beloved Country right now, so I've been thinking about your adopted country and the issues Mr. Mandela raises in that quote. It's quite shocking that form of government existed until 1994.