For this weeks post, I read an article from Project Censored called Unfinished Revolution: Interviews with White South Africa. This title immediately grabbed my attention. I have family who live extraordinarily happy lives in Capetown, so I try to stay updated on the culture surrounding South Africa in general. This article opened my eyes. Apartheid, to me, was a horrendous occurrence that ended in the 90’s and now had museums in South Africa that I could learn about it in. My family (wealthy, white South Africans) tend to navigate away from the taboo topic whenever we have the pleasure of seeing them. When it is approached, they dance around the subject, saying what I perceive as what they think we Americans want to hear, as opposed to what is actually happening in South Africa’s present climate. This article showed that, in the year of 2014, many white South Africans wish apartheid still existed. I was in awe. The Civil Rights Movement was such a staple from my history class. Of course, I am not completely naieve. I understand that people in America still wish that segregation occurred, but it is so frowned upon to mention. The people in these articles were casually laughing and drinking tea as they blatantly wished for separation from “the blacks.”
In my opinion, an article such as this needs to be headline news. How can the world ever attempt to be at peace if we cannot realize that every person born into it is completely and utterly equal in every way? While global peace is reflects an idealistic society, many people worldwide dream of a day when war is no longer necessary. From what I read in this article, that will never happen until we are all on the same ground. Justifying separation as “separate but equal” is not ok. Separate automatically means they cannot be equal, or they would not be separate. This type of ignorance and bigotry needs to be addressed. Granted, the people interviewed grew up in the era of apartheid, so it is all they know. That, right there, is a public cry for help. If middle aged men and women only know a life of segregation as the norm, then society as a whole needs to be fixed, and other countries cannot sit idly by and do nothing.