"Neo-Predjudices" How do today's acts of Racism differ from those in the past? Today, acts of racism are perpetrated more by individuals than by governments

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Racism and racial prejudice have been plagues which have hindered the growth of human society

and the human spirit for thousands of years. The ways people have acted and reacted to these

racial injustices however, has varied. Numerous events of political racism have taken place in the

past, including enslavement of Africans by the Romans, black slavery in America, the

mistreatment of aboriginals in various countries, European colonialism in the late nineteenth and

early twentieth centuries, and countless others. Recently, however, this kind of racism has died

down. In the past century, organized, political racism has given way to a more subtle, individual

form of racism. Recent events which depict this movement are the solutions to the following

racial conflicts: apartheid in South Africa, the American civil rights movement, and the treatment

of aboriginals in Canada.

One of the most intriguing, and publicized events of racism in the past century has been the

South African policy of apartheid, (the Afrikaans term for separateness).

This political policy

was put into place in 1948 with the election of the South African national party and lasted almost

a half-century until its demise in the early 1990's. Apartheid called for the separation of whites,

blacks, people of mixed race, and Asians in all political and social institutions. This was a system

put forth by the whites to keep their economic and political superiority over the blacks. The

whites, as was intended, were the major benefactors of this system, as the system stated that they

must own the vast majority of the land and that the South African federal government consist of

only whites, therefore making all political decisions pro-white. Blacks were forced to carry

special identification "pass books" which contained the person's fingerprints, access to non-

white land, and other information. Any black resistance...