I started out my long journey to visit the country of South Africa, I wanted to
experience a new way of life and see how different it was watching and living with all the
different cultural experiences.
In South Africa there were many different ethnic groups; there were the, Zulu, Xhosa,
and the Tswana. I soon found that the South Africans were very religious, 70% of the
populations were Christians and the other 30% were either Hinduism, Islam, Animisms.
Being able to see how their religious background was so important to them just amazed
me, I really enjoyed being able to experience this. South Africa does have many great
places to visit if you just want to explore and have a relaxing vacation, on the other hand
there are still many areas of South Africa that still live in poverty, whom deal with
discrimination and racism everyday.
The South African government Apartheid ended in 1994 which made it easier for
Africans because they did not have to deal with the inhuman laws and policies. The South
Africans are still dealing with loss or lack of jobs; they are unable to speak out about
what they need for their communities. It is a shame that such a vibrant cultural has to be
shut out from their government. As I continued on my journey to explore more areas of
South Africa I did however see where the discrimination of ethnic backgrounds came into
play. There are among the black South Africans, white South Africans. The majority of
the White South Africans do tend to see themselves as being superior to the black South
Africans because of their race. While the South Africans were under Apartheid they were
all being categorized by their race and their ethnicity. The Apartheid, categorized “race”
as the blacks and the whites, they also categorized the “colored’s” as the South Africans
whose ethnicity brought them together because they were a mixed race. To the
“colored’s” life after Apartheid did not change at all. They were still being treated as if
they were their own race and their lives were possibly worse than ever The colored’s
were not offered anything such as, better education, better jobs, and they could not get
away from being poor because they are not black or white they were just left behind as
some would put it.
Race was defined as the color of someone’s skin; it is the classification of human
beings, they classified them by their bone structure, hair texture, and color of skin. They
classified their ethnicity by their heritage, language, and kinship of the South Africans.
Even though the South Africans may have shared the same ethnicity, that would make no
difference to the Apartheid, they only wanted to judge by their race. South Africans still
suffer from discrimination and racism. They are still lacking proper education, dealing
with low pay jobs, and laws that humiliate and discriminate against. South Africans are
still however a very strong group, they are extremely religious and will stick together and
fight for what they believe is right and wrong. The always try to fight civilly; they do not
try to harm anyone during their marches or rallies. Many of South Africans probably half
of the population all struggle from poverty. If you could imagine how bad poverty in is in
the US just picture it being 100 times worse over in Africa. We have shelters and soup
kitchens, and access to welfare, and health care. South Africans, do have access to a few
of these but they are so far away that it is not even worth it to attempt. They really do not
have any means of transportation and some of them are just no able to take a trip by foot
to see a doctor.
Although there are several bad areas of South Africa there are still so many other
wonderful places to go here, such as the ; Knysna,...