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“To be an African in South Africa means that one is politicized from the moment of one’s birth, whether one acknowledges it or not. An African Child is born in an Africans Only hospital, taken home in an Africans Only bus, lives in an Africans Only area and attends Africans Only school, if he attends school at all.

When he grows up, he can hold Africans Only jobs, rent a home in Africans Only townships, ride Africans Only trains and be stopped at any time of the day or night and be ordered to produce a pass, without which he can be arrested and thrown in jail. His life is circumscribed by racist laws and regulations that cripple his growth, dim his potential and stunt his life.”

Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (p. 109)

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