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Steve Biko

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Steve Biko was viewed as a threat by the apartheid regime. For years he was accused of being a dangerous agitator who influenced people to use violent means to overthrow the state.

Steve Biko was viewed as a threat by the apartheid regime. For years he was accused of being a dangerous agitator who influenced people to use violent means to overthrow the state.   He can be viewed as a dangerous agitator because of the organizations he set up and the political stance he took, but biko in no way used means of violence to overthrow the state. Throughout my essay i will argue the point that Steve biko took a passive stance when protesting.
To define black consciousness it has been argued that “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." To liberate themselves, Black people had to redefine their values, self-image, and entire outlook. Steve Biko diagnosed the problem of oppression in South Africa as a problem of culture. This is because Whites described African culture in derogatory terms, and Black South Africans were ashamed of their history, and their 'primitive' religion and art.
The Black Consciousness Movement urged a defiant rejection of apartheid, especially among Black workers and the youth. The South African Students Organization (SASO) - an arm of the movement - was founded by Black students who refused to join NUSAS, another student led organization. At the same time, Black workers began to organize trade unions in defiance of anti-strike laws. In 1973, there were strikes throughout the nation. This culminated in the Soweto Uprising of 1976.
In 1976, student protests against Bantu education in Soweto, led to a two-year uprising that spread to Black townships across the country. The protests encompassed all Black grievances against the apartheid system, and in that period police reportedly killed many protesters, including schoolchildren. Workers then mobilized to protest police killings of innocent demonstrators....

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