Top 66 Apartheid Quotes

We have collected the best Apartheid Quotes by famous authors including Malcolm X, Susan Rice, John Kani, Yahya Jammeh, St. Lucia and many others, we hope that among them you will find the right thought.

There is no more apartheid in South Africa than in the
There is no more apartheid in South Africa than in the United States.

Malcolm X
One can’t erase the tremendous burden of apartheid in 10 years, 20 years, I believe, even 30 years.

Susan Rice
In South Africa in 1987, apartheid was still going strong. Some of the most brutal race laws had been relaxed, but they hadn’t yet been repealed. There was still a lot of tension.

John Kani
Apartheid was in South Africa; now it has been transferred to Palestine.

Yahya Jammeh
When I was a kid, pre-1994 was still apartheid, so we didn’t get a lot the subversive music from the States or from the U.K. A lot of the music we would get was the poppiest pop music, so I’ve never really had a bad association it.

St. Lucia
The fact that apartheid has been tied up with white supremacy, capitalist exploitation, and deliberate oppression makes the problem much more complex. Material want is bad enough, but coupled with spiritual poverty, it kills.

Steven Biko
How do you deal with a criminal that will not listen to what you have to say and who continues his policy of violence? Some say you continue to talk and let him tire himself out. But nearly 40 years after the institution of apartheid, is there anyone who still believes that verbal persuasion will work?

Oliver Tambo
I have made the most profound apology in front of the Truth Commission and on other occasions about the injustices which were wrought by apartheid.

F. W. de Klerk
I played an integral part in helpings formulating that new vision… that we must abandon apartheid and accept one united South Africa with equal rights for all, with all forms of discrimination to be scrapped from the statute book.

F. W. de Klerk
For most of my writing life, I’ve refused to allow myself to believe that writing was a significant form of action. I always felt very uneasy about the fact that all I did was write in a situation as desperate as apartheid South Africa. Whether I was correct or not is a different issue.

Athol Fugard
Mbeki began to write a study of the workings of apartheid policy in the reserves – the areas set aside in law for African occupation – as early as 1959 and 1960.

Ruth First
Together we have travelled a long road to be where we are today. This has been a road of struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression.

Thabo Mbeki
Apartheid education, rarely mentioned in the press or openly confronted even among once-progressive educators, is alive and well and rapidly increasing now in the United States.

Jonathan Kozol
Harriet Washington, in ‘Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present,’ documents the smallpox experiments Thomas Jefferson performed on his Monticello slaves. In fact, much of what we now think of as public health emerged from the slave system.

Greg Grandin
This sympathy is not translated into force against the British government because it is not like the anti- apartheid movement which had a high profile here and Mandela is a more engaging figure than Yasser Arafat.

Tom Paulin
If apartheid is removed, then the violence that is necessary to maintain it will be removed along with the pressures from apartheid which create a violent response.

Oliver Tambo
In some respects, South African apartheid was more vicious than Israeli practices, and in some respects the opposite is true.

Noam Chomsky
I lost contact with my father for many years because of apartheid. For, like, six years, I didn’t see my dad. And, now, this was the six years of being a teenager.

Trevor Noah
I try not to get too political. But coming from South Africa, where apartheid was a huge problem, and there was lots of inequality, has shaped me in terms of how I view certain issues.

Kevin Anderson
Apartheid – both petty and grand – is obviously evil. Nothing can justify the arrogant assumption that a clique of foreigners has the right to decide on the lives of a majority.

Steven Biko
Apartheid is a lie, people can work together, people can create together.

John Kani
Apartheid is inherently a practice of violence.

Oliver Tambo
The mistake the apartheid government made was they gave the black people nothing, so they had nothing to lose. But now a lot of the former freedom-fighters are big-time capitalists. They’ve been given directorships in every major company. They’re billionaires!

Wilbur Smith
Arab society features apartheid of women, apartheid of homosexuals, and apartheid of Christians, Jews, and democracy.

Yair Lapid
For those who may not know, it was the CBC that put in place the legislation that put sanctions against South Africa to end apartheid, and that took Mandela off the terrorist list.

Marcia Fudge
Criminality is always the result of poverty. Countries that experience such a fundamental change as we have – we had the apartheid regime and must now develop a multicultural democracy – must necessarily pass through a phase of high crime rates.

Jacob Zuma
I grew up under Thatcher; the era of apartheid; the era of the poll tax; the era of riots. I remember Neil Kinnock was a hero.

David Lammy
We had to forge an alliance of strength based not on colour but on commitment to the total abolition of apartheid and oppression; we would seek allies, of whatever colour, as long as they were totally agreed on our liberation aims.

Oliver Tambo
The working-class Africans are not doing very well, and one of the problems is their education is so shocking. It is routinely said it is a result of apartheid. Deliberately, black people were not allowed to know too much. They could read and write a bit to be useful, but that’s about it.

Justin Cartwright
Apartheid does not happen spontaneously, like bad weather conditions.

Jonathan Kozol
I didn’t actually realise what apartheid meant. I’m probably a bit naive, but I thought it was more of a vague segregation, like on the beaches and buses.

John Deacon
I’ve never doubted that apartheid – because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil – was going to bite the dust eventually.

Desmond Tutu
The South Africans decided that they would like to prove to the world they did not have any nuclear weapons and their decision was not doubted because it was the end of the Cold War, it was also the end of apartheid.

Hans Blix
I don’t care if it’s Saudi Arabia or if it’s Israel or any other country. I can’t imagine our members of Congress or even the residents back in the day that pushed back against apartheid in Africa not to be able to boycott.

Rashida Tlaib
Obama’s not down for the civil rights struggle, and he certainly wasn’t down for the apartheid struggle, but he’s clearly gonna take advantage of it and insert himself in such a way as to make it look like he is single-handedly responsible for apartheid going by the wayside.

Rush Limbaugh
Arthur Ashe had been the first black athlete to play Johannesburg at the time of apartheid.

Yannick Noah
We’re building what I call ‘software apartheid.’ We’re in the process of creating a divided society: those who can use technology on one side, and those who can’t on the other. And it happens to divide neatly along economic lines.

Alan Cooper
In my many trips to South Africa, I have met and spoken to a lot of people there, and they all seem to find apartheid as repellent as you would.

Henry Rollins
‘A Just Defiance’ has been a huge success in South Africa. While reading at times like a well-written thriller, its significance is to reveal apartheid to have been far more brutal, ruthless, and self-serving even than we had suspected.

Justin Cartwright
Before 1994, many South Africans used theater as a voice of protest against the government. But with the end of apartheid, like the artists who watched the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe, theater had to find new voices and search for new issues.

John Kani
The apartheid people were actors, and they had to act out their part in their beliefs every day. That’s why we always saw them as being comedic.

Hugh Masekela
Our target is not negotiations, it is the end of the apartheid system. There can be no compromise about that.

Oliver Tambo
My life had been defined by the apartheid years. Now we were going into an era of democracy… and I believed that I didn’t really have a function as a useful artist in that anymore.

Athol Fugard
The kids growing up in the apartheid era were so restricted and angry – if they spoke out against it, they were thrown in jail.

Malik Bendjelloul
I don’t want to talk about apartheid… I’m going to South Africa to play tennis and to see the country. That’s as far as it goes.

Evonne Goolagong Cawley
In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.

Desmond Tutu
As a young woman, I attended Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was then not segregated. But I witnessed the weight of apartheid everywhere around me.

Teresa Heinz
I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid.

Desmond Tutu
If it were in our national security to deploy to South Africa under apartheid, would we have found it acceptable or customary to segregate African American soldiers from other American soldiers, and say, ‘It’s just a cultural thing’? I don’t think so. I would hope not.

Martha McSally
I think South Africa would be in a lot worse position had you not had visionaries like the Mandelas or the Oliver Tambos or the people there who came together after… both during apartheid and afterwards to create and structure their society.

Uzodinma Iweala
Whoever says that sanctions will only deteriorate the situations of blacks in South Africa does not know the criminal, murderous character of genocide that represents the system of apartheid.

Oliver Tambo
A ‘township’ in the U.S. is a small area. In South Africa it’s a place designated for non-white people during the apartheid.

Topaz Page-Green
When I talk about the end of apartheid, I prefer not to claim the honor that I have ended it.

F. W. de Klerk
We want Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa to know that we will stand shoulder to shoulder, hip to hip, until apartheid is eradicated.

Ron Dellums
It may be that apartheid brings such stupendous economic advantages to countries that they would sooner have apartheid than permit its destruction.

Oliver Tambo
Yes, I learned history at school; I know everything about apartheid. My dad, he bought the books about it, stuff like that. But I just move on with my life. It’s completely different for me.

Caster Semenya
The U.S. is the last country that should see itself as an ally of the apartheid system.

Oliver Tambo
Protest theater has a place again. It’s not against whites or apartheid. It is against injustice and anything that fails our people.

John Kani
I went on safari in South Africa just after apartheid had ended.

John McEnroe
We should have sent the apartheid monsters to jail, not let them off with an amnesty.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
I was there during the first elections in South Africa. I watched them take down the apartheid flag and raise the new flag.

Al Sharpton
Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude, not a policy.

Edward Heath
Those who want to perpetuate apartheid also seek to divert your attention to the false issue of communism, to send the entire American public on a witch hunt.

Oliver Tambo
No one can compare us to the apartheid regime. It’s not like in South Africa between the blacks and the whites who belong to the same nation, or in Berlin where you find parents living on the eastern side and their children in the western side.

Silvan Shalom
I think all of my writing life led up to the writing of ‘The Train Driver’ because it deals with my own inherited blindness and guilt and all of what being a white South African in South Africa during those apartheid years meant.

Athol Fugard
The structure of apartheid is still rooted in the Haitian society. When you have apartheid, you don’t see those behind the walls. That is the reality of Haiti.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide