Soweto Uprising

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    Jun 17, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    On June 16th, 1976, student-led protests in the Johannesburg (South Africa) area of Soweto, due to the introduction of the Afrikaans language as one of the primary languages of instruction, produced one of history's most memorable and shocking photos.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soweto_uprising

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    Sixteen years earlier, on March 21st, 1960, the Sharpsville Massacre occurred in response to demonstration against pass laws; laws that restricted the movement of black citizens across South Africa.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpeville_massacre

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    Jun 18, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    A forgotten chapter indeed.

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    Jun 18, 2011 2:36 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidA forgotten chapter indeed.

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    Thanks for the bump! It's so important to remember what happened in South Africa for all those years as a lesson in what can go utterly wrong when biased, racist ideology, mixed with religion nonetheless, becomes moral, social, cultural, and political law.

    A professor of mine in university lived in South Africa, off and on, for a number of years and witnessed the horrors of apartheid first hand. Reading about apartheid and the South African governments beliefs are very shocking.

    The South African apartheid government even delayed the nationwide introduction of television until 1976 because they viewed it as the "devil’s own box, for disseminating communism and immorality" and that "South Africa would have to import films showing race mixing; and advertising would make [non-white] Africans dissatisfied with their lot."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid

    This picture is from around 1989
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