Imperialism in South Africa
Throughout the course of Africa’s history, imperialism is one of the biggest transformations that could have happened. More specifically, South Africa. Though it happened almost one hundred and eighty years ago, we are still capable of seeing the different impacts it had on modern South Africa. You should care about the effects of imperialism because you can still see the different effects imperialism has had on South Africa. But, did imperialism have a positive or negative impact on modern South Africa? I believe that though imperialism has had some positive impacts, most of the outcomes were negative. I believe this for several reasons.
To begin with, no one has ever really been treated equally. Everyone who was non- white was segregated until 1994. This was called apartheid. Apartheid was a system of discrimination based on your race. If you were colored, you were required to follow certain rules. This included; carrying a pass (or legal documents), following specific curfews, and understanding that you were never going to be equal to white people. While the country was mostly made up of colored men and woman, all the power was held by governing white people. While the policy was lifted in 1994, thanks to a man named Nelson Mandel, the entire country still struggles for equality. An example of how it’s still not equal is jobs and money. Since the apartheid, the rise of unemployment has doubled. And a lot of the times, white people refuse to higher colored men because of their racial differences. And even if you are given the opportunity to work, your salary is still lower than white people. This has impacted South Africa because most of the population is colored. About 9 % of the population is white. Since their income is lower than white people, this has created an increase in poverty. To this day, South Africa has one of the highest income equality’s in the world. I believe that the main reason for this can be linked back to imperialism. Since Europeans took over in the 1800’s, animosity has been harboring in everyone’s hearts. The Europeans consumed and destroyed South Africa’s land and independence, while Africans fought back against the Europeans in their own creative ways.
Another example of how imperialism has affected South Africa is the way the land is divided and “shared”. Even though the population is mostly colored, 70% of the land is mostly owned by whites. The lack of owning land has had a negative effect on the...