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Question by reaza: Steve Biko and the idea of Black Consciousness in South Africa?
Can anyone please explain to me in possibly simple terms what Steve Biko’s idea of “black consciousness” in South Africa during Apartheid meant?

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Answer by The Accomplice
“Biko, strongly influenced by the writings of Lembede and by the Black Power movement in the United States, argued that Africans had to run their own organizations; they could not rely on white liberals because such people would always ally in the last resort with other whites rather than with blacks. He argued that blacks o ften oppressed themselves by accepting the second-class status accorded them by the apartheid system, and he stressed that they had to liberate themselves mentally as well as physically.”

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