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The Degrading Effects of Apartheid In South Africa apartheid became a law in 1948 The word is Afrikaans Dutch African and literally means apartness or separateness It is a policy of political social racial and economic discrimination and segregation against non-whites in South Africa In 1982 at the time when Athol Fugard wrote his play Master Haroldand the boys South Africa was in the midst of the oppression of blacks Many people were facing decisions on whether to continue the racial segregation and hatred against blacks or have the courage to end it As South Africa struggles to dismantle apartheid the media remains suppressed and has no real outlet to make the desolate situation known to the rest of the world Vandenbroucke 1687 The Board of Censors regularly bans plays movies newspaper articles news stories and books if their contents are considered politically undesirable Many playwrights journalists and authors are put on house arrest or jailed for voicing their opinion Some like Fugard who are brave enough to fight the system have their works banned and have to struggle to get their works publicized as South African Literature is being held hostage by the apartheid system Donahue 324 Athol Fugard uses his play Master Haroldand the boys to expose the degrading effects of the apartheid system by exploring education living conditions rights and job opportunities of blacks living in South Africa Fugard uses his play to expose the degrading effects apartheid has on the education of blacks in South Africa He uses Sam a 40 year old black servant and Hally a 17 year old white student on the verge of becoming a man to show the differences in the education of blacks and whites The status of education in South Africa demonstrates the legacy of apartheid The Bantu Education Act of
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