The Effects Of Apartheid In South Africa

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In the 1940’s and 1950’s, a government supporting apartheid laws in South Africa took power. The National Party, controlled by the white Afrikaner population, came to power in South Africa in 1948. Hoping to keep the white population in power in South Africa, the National Party enacted laws to give the whites in South Africa advantages over other ethnicities. The laws used by the Apartheid system were harsh on non-white ethnicities, to the point that the effects of Apartheid are still felt in South Africa today, for example in schools. Due to the harsh laws that the National Party put into place, the South African government maintained white domination in economic and social aspects of life in South America.
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Afrikaner nationalism grew from the 1920s up to the 1940s , and during World War II because of the fear of losing better jobs to the black population in South Africa (Worgor, Byrnes, “History of South Africa”). Shortly after South Africa regained its independence from England, the National Party took power (Barker et al. 367).
During this time period, the National Party put several laws into place in order to further separate the ethnicities in South Africa. One example of the harsh laws put in place was the Population Registration Act of 1950, which classified all the citizens in South Africa as white, black, or colored, as well as gave every person an identity number that stayed with them for life(Moore 1)( “Apartheid Legislation 1950s-1970s”). To be classified as white, one had to have a certain persona, blacks were members of an African race or tribe, and if someone was neither of the two, they were classified as a Colored
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For instance, schools in South Africa for the black population to this day are still struggling to find good teachers. Many of the non-white teachers were not taught well, as the society they had been in had been trying to hurt them every step of the way(Dugger “Apartheid Haunts South Africa 's Schools”). Some of the teachers do not even show up to class, and leave the class to try to learn on its own. In another example, the society during the end of apartheid got to the point where a boxing match between a black and a white was seen as a fight over apartheid, in the 15th round the black boxer’s coach had even gone as far as to shout, “Get that cut for apartheid” (Sacks “A Hollow Sporting Footnote in Apartheid-Era South Africa“). On February 7th, 2014, police were still struggling to hold back violent protests from residents who did not think they gained their rights back after apartheid, and the party Mandela lead lost some of the popularity it had used to unify South Africa with during Mandela’s life (Phakane “South Africa to hold elections May 7”). This shows that recent history is still marred by the effects of

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