Quotes and Sayings

30 Famous and Inspirational Apartheid Quotes and Sayings

Apartheid was a set of racial segregation or racial discrimination that existed in South Africa during an entirely white government rule for 50 years.

It primarily differentiated people at a social and economic level based on an individual color and facial features.

The apartheid movement finally came to an end between 1990 and 1993 by Nelson Mandela.

He was also a recipient of Nobel Peace for his tiring effort for 67 years to free South Africa from racial policies.

Read our powerful and inspiring collection of timeless apartheid quotes and sayings from iconic leaders and how they eradicated such human-made stupidities.

Best Apartheid Quotes and Sayings

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

Abhorrence of apartheid is a moral attitude, not a policy.
– Edward Heath

We don’t want apartheid liberalized. We want it dismantled. You can’t improve something that is intrinsically evil.
– Desmond Tutu

We believe that the world, too, can destroy apartheid, firstly by striking at the economy of South Africa.
– Oliver Tambo

Apartheid does not happen spontaneously, like bad weather conditions.
– Jonathan Kozol

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

Apartheid cannot be reformed, it has to be eliminated.
– Olof Palme

The U.S. is the last country that should see itself as an ally of the apartheid system.
– Oliver Tambo

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

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

You build dreams, you build castles in the air, and you hope that at least part of that will be realized, even under apartheid.
– Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Unsure about its place and identity, a whole nation was made to believe that ethnic pride and culture could only descend from race.
– Arianna Dagnino

Apartheid didn’t impinge on music. It impinged on people’s freedoms.
– Hugh Masekela

Apartheid is a lie, people can work together, people can create together.
– John Kani

Difficult times do not produce gentility, as if there is an angle hovering over the world of the oppressed.
– Jonny Steinberg

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

You can’t change a regime on the basis of compassion. There’s got to be something harder.
– Nadine Gordimer

It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity.
– Nelson Mandela

Apartheid either is or is not. And it must not be.
– Oliver Tambo

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
– Nelson Mandela

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
– Nelson Mandela

The sanctions will not kill us. It’s apartheid that’s killing us.
– Oliver Tambo

We should have sent the apartheid monsters to jail, not let them off with an amnesty.
– Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Now, myself, I’m not a pacifist at all. I believe in just war. I would have joined the spirit of the nation to fight against apartheid.
– Cornel West

I don’t fancy colors of the face, I’m always attracted to colors of the brain.
– Michael Bassey Johnson

Division and separation means no harm to the society. It makes everyone unique.
– Michael Bassey Johnson

Racism is one of the most common results of the combination of stupidity and the ability to see.
– Mokokoma Mokhonoana

I am usually able to tolerate all kinds of victims of indoctrination except those who have been infected with xenophobia, racism, or homophobia.
– Mokokoma Mokhonoana

I would be guilty only if I were innocent of working to destroy racism in my country.
– Nadine Gordimer

Don’t fight the system. Mock the system.
– Trevor Noah

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