25 March 2016

What's Your Number?

How often have you been asked, either in a fleeting moment or at the start of a conversation,  "How are you?"
and to which you've replied "Good thanks, how are you?"
Probably too often to count, right?
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20 March 2016

Apartheid, South Africa

On the 21st of March 1960, the events of what has become known as the Sharpeville Massacre took place. A peaceful crowd of united youth took a stand against South Africa's "Bantu" education system. Bantu means people in IsiZulu which is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa. Despite its meaning, this system of education was not for the people. The system dictated that all South Africans had to be taught in Afrikaans, a predominantly white-dominated language, in a country where more than 70% of the population is black. This upset the non-white learners who turned to protest. What was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned ugly when police opened fire on the unarmed protesters. The result was the loss of 69 innocent learners with another 180 wounded. This day was monumental in South Africa for the effects which it had on our Human Rights; each and every South African, no matter the colour of their skin or background, today, is equal to any other South African because of the events which took place on this day, as well as other events which proceeded and preceded this day, which 56 years later is known as Human Rights Day.

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