How did apartheid affect the rest of the world?

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Apartheid had an impact on the world. Apartheid was a system in place in South Africa from about 1950 until the early to mid-1990s. It was a system that kept blacks and whites separate from each other in South Africa. It placed many restrictions on black South Africans. Black South Africans protested did this system, as did the rest of the world.

International attention was focused on South Africa in 1976 when the police fired upon black children who were protesting that they must learn Afrikaans. These shootings made it clear that apartheid wasn’t bringing peace and prosperity to South Africa as the government had claimed. The United Nations had taken a stand against apartheid in 1973. In 1976, the United Nations established a ban on the sale of weapons to the government of South Africa. Other countries went further. Some countries refused to play against South African teams in sporting events. The United States and Great Britain also placed economic sanctions on South Africa.

The pressure that was placed on the government of South Africa helped to bring apartheid to an end by 1994.

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