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Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton is a book about agitation and turmoil of both whites and blacks over the white segregation policy called apartheid The book depicts how whites and blacks can end mutual fear and aggression and bring reform and hope to South Africa Apartheid is defined as a policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Republic of So Africa Apartheid 53 The segregation of Europeans and non-Europeans on the South African trains is an example of apartheid Kumalo being a native South African priest climbed into the carriage train for non-Europeans Paton 43 The court in which Absaloms trial is being held is also segregated into a European side and a non-European side At the back of the court there are seats rising in tiers those on the right for Europeans those on the left for non-Europeans according to the custom Paton 190 These separations are the result of the Reservation of Separate Amenities Act passed by the Nationalist government in 1953 Forced segregation in all public amenities public buildings and public transport with the aim of eliminating contact between whites and other races Boddy-Evans 2 The color of a mans skin and the background from where he came should never determine whether he must sit in the front of a train or in the back These laws were created because the Europeans believed the natives to be of a lower social status than everyone else Once apartheid had been implemented the segregated natives were no longer considered citizens of South Africa rather they were recognized as citizens of the nominally independent homelands Kumalo eventually discovers that his son Absalom lives in one of these homelands he Absalom was gone to Orlando and lives there amongst the squatters in Shanty Town Paton 80 The Bantu Authorities Act of 1951 and the Promotion of Bantu Self-Government Act of 1959 created ten African homelands administered by what
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