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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Music is my saviour / and I was maimed by rock and roll / I was tamed by rock and roll / I got my name from rock and roll
— Jeff Tweedy, Sunken Treasure
September 12, 2007
Stephen Biko

One of the great joys of listening to BBC World News is the awareness that the rest of the world exists…that is, the portion that is not North America.

30 years ago today Stephen Biko died in police custody in South Africa, the victim of a terrorist state that used violence and economic oppression to entrench racism so deeply into an outdated colonial system that it wasn’t until 1994 that the majority of South Africans were allowed to vote for their own government.

It never fails to surprise me that people younger than me are unaware of a time when Africa was run by a white minority, and when racism was not just accepted but actively promoted by modern democratic governments.

You’d think that humanity would learn from its collective past, but apparently this is not true. At the very least, we shouldn’t forget it.

Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It’s one of the most powerful documents in the world, although most governments choose to ignore it.

Posted by skooter at 7:40 AM This entry is filed under Politics.
This entry is tagged: Africa, Amnesty International, Human Rights, Stephen Biko

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