Segregation in South Africa

signboard-from-the-apartheid-era-apartheid              South Africa has experienced inequality between whites and other races for many years. Under Apartheid during the 20th century, non-white races were subject to discrimination and unfair laws. These races were removed from their homes and forced to move into poor areas designated for colored people. Mixed marriages were prohibited, as well as most interactions between whites and blacks. The segregation in South Africa is still evident even today. Johnny Miller created a project called Unequal Scenes. He photographs pictures of South Africa from the air to portray the inequality that remains in the country. In the photos, you can see the clear difference in the white areas and the black communities. The whites live in beautiful, spaced out neighborhoods with trees and roads. On the other side, blacks live in rundown shacks packed together with no roads, grass, and sometimes no electricity. The pictures reveal the closeness of the two very different communities. Many times they are side by side with only a road dividing them. It’s shocking to think about how close these areas are to each other, and it shows the inequality between the races. A similar situation can be seen in America. Blacks and whites usually occupy different areas, with the black communities being less modern and in poor condition. The pictures taken in Unequal Scenes sheds light on the separation that is still in South Africa. It reminds people of the period of time when the country was under Apartheid and shows that the fight for equality has not yet ended.


2 thoughts on “Segregation in South Africa”

  1. The evidence Apartheid still exists today like you said. It is sad to see that although the law has change society has not yet caught up. The unequal scenes are as clear as it comes when viewing poverty. Majority of that population is also black. It will take a long time before they are given equal oppurtunities in society. Under law they are equal, but it is very hard for them to get an education that could help them escape their poor community. Sadly, it is still very unfair to them. The change was just a start. The people will continue to make strives for equality in their society.


  2. These picture clearly depict the effects of aparthied and how poverty affects the poeple of an area. and since these people are in poverty they will most likely have trouble to fight for more equality. eventhough the practices of apatheid have been removed the segregation will still continue.


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