Hendricks Verwoerd, a Dutch-born South African politician sociologist, journalist, and psychologist. Psychologists study the mind and they seek to understand thoughts, emotions, and feelings. The mind is a powerful weapon that he and other architects of apartheid used to the system came with a long-lasting effect. From 1948 To date we see apartheid running its cause. The architects of apartheid made permanent damage.
Discrimination still exists, it still echoes in our homes, streets, schools, everywhere even on social media. In Jan 2016 Penny Sparrow a member of the DA who was later stripped of her membership after she posted racial remarks that offended many people across the country ‘These monkeys that are allowed to be released on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on to public beaches towns etc have no education whatsoever so to allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and troubles and discomfort to others,’ she wrote.”. Discrimination takes place in many forms, like gender, age, race; physical and mental disabilities and sexuality to name a few all our differences are marked, packed, stored and weighted on the superiority scale. But will we ever move past this issue and wake up in the world where we see beyond color and our differences? We are far from that and these case are a proof of that. ‘the coffin case where two white South African men have been sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment after they were found guilty for forcing a black man into a coffin and threaten to burn him alive” AL Jazeera’s Natasha Shyheim YouTube. In this case, the white men who are farm owners did this because they this man walking past their farm and that just assumed he was going to steal because he’s a “kefir”. They have built a stereotype around black men, they still, they can’t work for themselves, they are all kefirs a foreign word meaning unbeliever and they don’t deserve our respect. Superiority, nativism, and othering are very visible in this case. On Aug 28, 2018, SA’s Pretoria high school for girls, black students were protesting against the school’s dress code. They claim that it is discriminatory and they were told that their hair was not school appropriate when it’s in their natural state (afro) and needs to straighten out. The students felt discriminated against and robbed of their identity. Which was the mandate of apartheid that we all say it’s in the “past”.
Not only black people are affected by poet apartheid, but white communities are also affected by what we call affirmative action. Affirmative action, which incorporates some of the features of both of the two distinct British terms ‘positive discrimination’ and ‘positive action’, describes policies that support members of a disadvantaged group that has previously suffered discrimination (and may continue to) in such areas as education, employment, or housing. Historically and internationally, support for affirmative action has sought to achieve goals such as bridging inequalities in employment and pay, increasing access to education, promoting diversity, and redressing apparent past wrongs, harms, or hindrances, for example, the Black Economic Empowerment is a racially selective program launched by the South African government to redress the inequalities of Apartheid by giving black South African citizens economic privileges that are not available to Whites in essences wealth redistribution. It is a form of Affirmative action. Although race is the overriding factor, it includes measures such as Employment Preference, skills development, ownership, management, socio-economic development, and preferential procurement. They feel like the system of Post-apartheid has left them out, they struggle to find jobs. In Coronation park, a squatter camp with a majority white population in Krugersdorp South Africa “I’m sorry if this is racist’ I’m not racist but blacks come first then whites’ said one retired resident of the camp. ‘even highly qualified whites don’t get positions in south Africa’ Euronews. These are all issues around race but who created race, how was it created and why. A race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories generally viewed as distinct by society. But if we look at it the race is a social construct, an identity that is assigned based on rules made by society. In the movie’s skin, we see how Sandra Laing, even though they found her physically colored, her parents managed to get her classified as white and she also used that flexibility to her advantage because she changed her race to make sure that she wasn’t separated from her children. While partially based on physical similarities within groups, race does not have an inherent physical or biological meaning but apartheid architects used physical maker such as head shape, facial features, nose shape, eye shape and color, skin color, stature, blood groups, hair texture, etc. In the movie, Sandra was taken for a physical examination.
The categorization of people continued when divided people into subgroups ethnic groups aimed at turning the oppressed against one another and make them forget about the bigger issue(divide and conquer) the Group area act