Both the United States and South Africa experienced racial discrimination issues. The United States resolved the issue through the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Although schools and other public places have been integrated, there are still some racial issues present. South Africa more recently ended Apartheid in the 1990’s and some tension and “bitterness” still linger for some individuals. It is often very difficult for individuals to adjust to change after half a century of living life one way.
The difference between the struggles was that the South African government was involved in the segregation and racial brutality. Their government attempted to maintain control over everyone, while in the U.S. the government backed those opposing the segregation. In the U.S. the citizens have the freedom of speech and peaceful protest, meanwhile in South Africa the government would open fire on a crowd of peaceful protesters.
It’s truly shocking that two governments can have such different control over its own country. It’s really upsetting to think that the South African government could be so forceful and ruthless towards their citizens. Growing up with the privilege of being allowed all these rights I couldn’t imagine how anyone without those rights could survive. Being an American college student I feel very involved in the fight against apartheid. Had I been a student when the struggles to end apartheid were going on I would have really gotten involved and stepped up in the fight for freedom.
The United States became very involved in the worldwide support of ending apartheid and passed economic sanctions against South Africa, banning trade and investment with South Africa. This Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act weakened the government’s power because of the loss of foreign money and opportunities. With the government more vulnerable this made it more simple to bring an end to apartheid.