What was apartheid?

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Mar 9, 2016


Apartheid is the segregation of races in a certain place or area in the society, as established by the state or the government.


Apartheid is an Afrikaans word meaning "the state of being apart".

Apartheid was first observed in Africa during the colonial times. In South Africa, from 1948 to 1994, the inhabitants were classified into 4: black, white, colored, and Indian. Apartheid was mandated by law and upholds the white minority rule, in which the whites control the system while representing a small part of the population.

As time goes on, the meaning of apartheid evolves. Back then, apartheid is established by the state to segregate the citizens into literal individual communities. But now, it is established by the state that favors one race and discriminates the other races. The discriminated races have little to no rights. Instead of being put inside different communities, they are now actively discriminated in the society.

For example, the ghettos during Hitler's time. The ghettos are walled communities of Jews, and they aren't allowed to mix in with the other non-Jews. They have their own society inside a single country.

Apartheid also spread to the America. But instead of actually segregating the people into races, there is a psychological and social discrimination among the citizens. The blacks were regarded as inferior to the whites. The America was then divided into two: the ones that want real segregation, and the ones that want equality among the races. Eventually, mental apartheid was slowly removed from the society.

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