Have YOU Heard?


This past week, I watched part of a documentary called, “Have You Heard From Johannesburg?” and covered the apartheid that occurred in South Africa. It was extremely interesting to see the similarities between the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and with South Africa’s own civil rights leaders. It was also a bit disconcerting as well to think that oppression existed (and still exists today) all over the world. I was so angered by the fact that the Dutch (the oppressor) used education as a way to hinder the Africans from gaining freedom. They were taught in a different language to make it difficult for them to communicate. It angers me to write about it now, how someone could justify these actions. The ration between the Dutch and the Africans was 20% (Dutch) to 80% African; the oppressors were the minority.

One positive aspect though, was that America played an influential role in the movement by supporting the Africans from the oppressors.

This film was educational and brought to light a piece of world history I never knew existed. It makes me wonder how many other people were unaware, and how many people, including myself, are unaware of issues that are going on today.

I think it is extremely important to be knowledgeable of what is going on around you. It’s careless to assume you can do nothing or offer no assistance; any effort is a big contribution, especially if everyone is making some effort to better a situation. To say that you are happier or better off ignoring issues rather than working to solve them is selfish; let these issues effect you–it’s the only way they will have a chance to be overcome.

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