The Challenges Of The Human Race In South Africa

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Dr. Dowd Miss Smith PreAP English Miss Bartholomew 2 February 2015
The Human Race has many varied, unique members from the Eskimos of Alaska, to the Polynesians of Bali and Fiji, to the mountain people of Peru, the Tuvan throat singers of Mongolia, and the River dancers of Ireland. What makes the world a fascinating place is the crazy quilt of humanity that lives in it. And because the world is composed of so many different people, sometimes within the same confines of a country, one must acknowledge the challenges that exist with the concept of brotherhood. This is the case in South Africa where four demographic groups collide daily: Afrikaans, Indians, Coloureds, and Natives or Black Africans made of many different tribes. Steve Biko in “Black
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The song begins by expressing a desire to return home with the lines “But my home is the lowlands / And always will be / Someday you 'll return to / Your valleys and your farms.” These lyrics also present the idea of a light at the end of the tunnel. In the next stanza, they emphasize understanding of pain by saying, “Through these fields of destruction / Baptism of fire / I’ve witnessed you’re suffering.” However, this stanza talks about more than simply suffering. It contemplates brotherhood and the loyalty that it ignites in a person with the lines “In fear and alarm / You did not desert me / My brother in arms.” The next section is shorter than the others but conveys a monumental message of separation. The Dire Strait’s start off by saying how humans live in “different worlds” under “so many different suns.” However, the writer then seems to contradict himself with the phrase “and we just have one world.” As if to say, though humans live very close geographically, social and political boundaries keep us separated. The last line is filled with sorrow over how we are not one united whole but many divided pieces. The fourth stanza has …show more content…
In the first paragraph, Mandela thinks back to his simple childhood and how apartheid did not directly affect him. Mandela then goes on to contradict himself, saying his “boyhood freedom was an illusion,” and it is implied a sense of brotherhood had not yet been stirred. However in the next paragraph Mandela seems to have an awakening because he says, “...the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.” Mandela recalls his thoughts of freedom, not limited to his Native brethren, but also the Afrikaans. He speaks about how the tormentor is also not free, and how he should be “liberated” as well. “When I walked out of prison,” he says, “that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.” Mandela then goes to acknowledge the next step after freedom is “the right not to be oppressed.” Mandela’s final part of this soliloquy consists of him flashing

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