Essay on The Freedom Charter Of South Africa

1212 Words Dec 7th, 2015 5 Pages
In 1955, before the subsequent ban on the ANC by the National Party Government, the ANC put forth the Freedom Charter as the framework for an equal, deracialized South Africa. The key attributes of the Freedom Charter was the union of all races; White, Black, colored, Indian and Asian and popular governance as a key factor in post-Apartheid society. The all-encompassing nature of the freedom charter resonated with the disadvantaged racial categories within South Africa, and provided assurance to non-black races towards a better, fairer, future. Co-signed by the colored and Indian national congresses of South Africa, the Freedom Charter expressed the ideals of those discriminated against under apartheid, and bolstered ANC support across a broad spectrum of South African citizens. However, while the ANC still operated within the political sphere, those on the ground openly protested Apartheid through organized defiance against unjust laws. Influenced by the Pan Africanist Congress, an off-shoot of the ANC, which relegated a more hardline stance towards African self-determination through Africans primarily , organized a passbook burning demonstration, inciting the police to arrest everyone in open violation of the law. The response of the South African government led to the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, where the police opened fire upon peaceful protesters. The use of deadly force to quell the protest sparked an international outcry, providing Africans with an international…

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