Apartheid Marks A Period Of South African History Complete With A Destructive Government System

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Apartheid marks a period of South African history complete with a destructive government system, racist laws, and segregation between Whites and all remaining racial categories. To live as a Black woman during this oppressing time proved exceedingly difficult because of the social stigma of being woman, and the shame accompanied with identifying as Black. White men and White women ruled over Black men and Black women, but Black men still received more rights and privileges than Black women. Black women were denied the right to work, vote, and often did not have a say in protests or conversations about their oppression. The obligation of taking care of their family, the repression of women, and the bigot Apartheid laws suffocated Black women more than any Black man or White woman would ever experience during Apartheid. A Dry White Season uses two women of different races and backgrounds to demonstrate the suffocation and persecution that Black and White women faced during Apartheid. Emily Ngubene characterizes the Black community, and Susan du Toit symbolizes the upper class Whites in South Africa during Apartheid. Being Black and a woman living everyday with judgment, discrimination, and misogynistic ideals exemplify the constant uphill battle South African women faced during Apartheid.
While both White and Black women experienced the same gender- based oppression, the education and socialization of White women promoted and perpetuated Apartheid. Upper class White women,…

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