Apartheid And The Apartheid Of South Africa Essay

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Nelson Mandela, spent 27 years in prison when his view of advocating and practicing non-violent resistance to apartheid shifted to the use of violence, in an effort to overthrow the South African apartheid regime. There may be a temptation to make a comparison of Mandela to other non-violent figures such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., but Mandela was clean on his position of any such comparison, "I was not like them. For them, nonviolence was a principle. For me, it was a tactic. And when the tactic wasn 't working, I reversed it and started" –that 's a very important difference.” The following will discuss rather or not Nelson Mandela justified in the use of violence to resist the apartheid government of South Africa?
The Issue: Apartheid
The term Apartheid means “separateness” or “apartness” in Afrikaans. It “referred to South Africa 's notorious system of rigid racial segregation, through which the ruling Afrikaner-based National Party (NP) attempted to create separate cultural, political, and social spaces for white, African, Indian, and colored (mixed race) South Africans after its electoral victory in 1948. “ This policy was both accepted and applied in the 1950’s. However; it has a history that extends to when European settlers were colonizing South Africa. Apartheid policy was formalized and institutionalized during the 1950s, but its origins date back to the period when South Africa was colonized by European settlers. The establishment of this caste system…

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