How is Sydney Sipho Sepamla's background reflected in the poem "Da Same, Da Same"?

Sydney Sipho Sepamla's poem "Da Same, Da Same" reflects the poet's background as a citizen under South Africa's system of racial apartheid. In the poem, Sepamla argues that all people are basically the same no matter their race and that it is terrible when one group oppresses another.

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Sydney Sipho Sepamla was a poet of South Africa. He lived nearly his entire life under the system of South African apartheid, which segregated the country according to race. Apartheid affected everything from social events and public buildings to housing and education, and all South Africans were classified into groups...

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Sydney Sipho Sepamla was a poet of South Africa. He lived nearly his entire life under the system of South African apartheid, which segregated the country according to race. Apartheid affected everything from social events and public buildings to housing and education, and all South Africans were classified into groups and labeled as "Black," "White," "Colored," or "Indian." These categories determined where people had to live, how they could work or go to school, and what aspects of society they could participate in.

We can easily see how Sepamla's background of South African apartheid is reflected in the poem "Da Same, Da Same." He writes in resistance to the classification of peoples that apartheid forced. The speaker claims not to care about which racial class his audience is in because all people are made in the image of God. God made everyone with "one heart," meant to be one people no matter their race. What really counts is under the skin. People are really no different from each other beneath the surface.

Yet, the poet continues, something terrible is happening when one person makes another feel pain that he doesn't feel himself. This refers to the segregation and oppression of apartheid, and it is wrong. Everyone has the same red blood. Everyone is human. There should be no separate treatment and no discrimination.

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