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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

De Facto and De Jure Apartheid: On the Moral, Politcal and Policy Failures of the Post-Apartheid State: A Call for an Official State Apology for Apartheid in South Africa

Yazier Henry

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Legal Apartheid was politically, legally and procedurally dismantled after a protracted antiapartheid struggle in South Africa in 1994. South Africa’s first racially inclusive election on April 26, 1994 literally and symbolically marked this legal ending, after four years of tense and at times violent negotiations between the leaders of Apartheid South Africa and those of the antiapartheid movements.

However, 25 years after this hopeful and euphoric historical moment the dead are still being counted, the transmutation of formal apartheid into social and economic apartheid is all but complete and the legacy of Apartheid’s crimes endure – threatening the very dream of Nelson Mandela’s vision for a nonracial, nonsexist, equal and just political system in South Africa. This lecture will critically engage the political, legal and moral failures of state responsibilities to international humanitarian and human rights law and the state’s political, legal and moral management of the freedom moment.

Yazier Henry teaches at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a public intellectual, strategist, conflict management expert, teacher, facilitator, scholar, professional human rights advocate, and poet. His research and writing priorities focus on the interrelationship and intersections of structural, systemic, institutional, and administrative violence. He is particularly interested in the politics and economics of human rights and the social violence of the law. His current work is on how state violence becomes systemically structured and institutionalized during political transitions in the global south.

This is the third in a six-lecture series. The subject is South Africa: Past, Present, and a Look Forward. The next lecture will be October 3, 2019. The title is: Education Inequality and Income Inequality in South Africa since the End of Apartheid.
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  • $10 for an individual lecture. Payable at the door. Checks preferred. $35 for the entire series of 6 lectures.
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