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Should South Africa have ever started Apartheid ?

Wouldn't we all have been better off with out the institution of Apartheid? Or slavery? Or Jim Crow Laws?
Of course, so why are we even debating the question?
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The Boers had already imposed Slavery on the first natives they found. They even brought in some Indonesian Slaves. Later on when the British took over the Cape Colony, the Boers moved away to keep their lifestyles going. When the British took over the Boer states it was easier to keep up the Boer systems found there and they spread throughout the colony. There were never enough British colonists to run South Africa. They needed the Boer's to help run things.

I would hope that unequal laws would eventually die out, but human nature being what it is, we aren't there yet.

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If smuts had won the elecstion we may never of had apartheid. It would not be sun shine and roses but not nearly has bad.

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The US and SA had some similarities. The main differences may be the US "rules" were partly unwritten. The law might say a Black Man could vote, but the chances of him getting the chance to drop his ballot in could be grim in some places. I do believe Asians were allowed to vote as well as Hispanics. I can't say what happened on the Pacific Coast.

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If smuts had won the elecstion we may never of had apartheid. It would not be sun shine and roses but not nearly has bad.

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Don't worry, I haven't forgotten, hence the reference to Jim Crow laws. Nothing good ever came out of slavery.
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From what I had heard, it was a retrograde law only enacted after the Empire lost control of the place. I have also heard that even under that law, Black South Africans had more economic opportunity and freedom than most of those living in other African nations... but that's more of an indictment against places like Uganda and Nigeria than anything else.

Honestly, it was a dumb thing to do, and it even divided English whites against Boer whites, politically. It was also bound to fail in the end as well as leave the half-castes in a terribly isolated position both during and after its run.
Hell of a job, all 'round.

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