Every African must show his pass before being allowed to go about his business. Sometimes check broadens into search of a man’s person and belongings.
Ph: Ernest Cole.
Black people were by law supposed to carry a pass book that severely limited their movements by forcing them to have one on their person when entering ‘white only’ areas.
This served as a way for the Apartheid government to ensure their segregationist policies were being adhered to by requiring black people to carry these passes at all times when outside of areas designated for black people. Each pass book also specified when, where and for how long the individual would be permitted to stay within these ‘white only’ areas. Often times, employers were responsible for providing these details.
Pass laws were formally introduced as early as 1797 when, in an attempt to exclude all ‘Natvies’ (black people) from the Cape Colony, Irish-born British statesman and governor of the Cape Colony George Macartney introduced them to South Africa which was then a British territory.
The most notable resistance effort against Pass Laws was in 1960 with the peaceful demonstrations held in the township of Sharpeville on March 21st that year. Thousands of black people held demonstrations in Sharpeville, marching to the police station where Apartheid police forces opened fire on the crowd killing 69 people in what is now known as the Sharpeville Massacre. Anti-apartheid leader and founder of the Pan-Africanist Congress Robert Sobukwe was arrested on that day for leading the protest.
Pass laws would not be repealed in South Africa until 1986.
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Anonymous asked: why isn't it a problem when m.i.a raps? why is it ok to have chicano rap/asian rap/ etc? But as soon as white people try it you all lose your shit?
That’s so cute and simplistic. Did you work on this question all week or…? No one cares when white people try to rap. We care when they don’t represent their authentic selves or are plain untalented. We don’t care that Eminem is white. He’s not out her performing sonic blackface, despite being from the Detroit Metro Area. Yelawolf sounds like a southern rapper because… he’s a southern rapper. Homeboy is from Alabama. His voice is his. Hell, we didn’t even care about Bubba Sparxxx. Homeboy is from Georgia. Plus, Ms. New Booty is still a bop, so.. *shrugs*
Iggy literally sounds like something out of Malibu’s Most Wanted. Protip: that movie was not a documentary. This sheila is claiming she’s in the “murda bidness”. Homegirl grew up in Mulllumbimby, New South Wales, on a fucking farm. What the fuck was she murdering? Chickens? The hopes and dreams of her parents? What? You tell me. But she is flagrantly being dishonest and unauthentic. She sounds like all the mediocre parts of some of the premiere lady rappers throughout the years. She ain’t as cool in her delivery as Da Brat. She ain’t as raw and bold as Foxy or Trina. She ain’t as cute or skilled as Charli Baltimore. Iggy is what happens when generally mediocre white girls think they deserve to win and people who don’t know better let them.
Great response. I see M.I.A out here representing South Asians and her Sri Lankan culture. I see Indigenous/Native American rappers (like Frank Waln) repping their people, too. And there are also Indigenous rappers in Mexico, rapping in Totonaco and Nahuatl (their languages).
And I freakin’ love that gif!!! Hilarious!