Black youth are grappling with the question of the meaning of freedom in post-apartheid South Africa. They seek an antidote to their reality wherein blackness continues to be mocked and marginalised. Black consciousness movement essay September 12, 2017 10.
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Once the flames begin to catch the wind will blow it higher. Interestingly, the philosophy appears to have gained traction largely among the country’s black youth born after the end of apartheid in 1994. Is this a coincidence of history or a confluence of historical verities? Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it. This is the generation of those who turned 16 between 1976 and 1996.
It experienced the wrath of apartheid. 16, 17 and 18 and enter the political arena with little if any first-hand experience of the trauma that came before. Some characterise born-frees as who were born in 1994 and voted for the first time in the 2014 general elections. This discussion subscribes to the latter characterisation. The born-frees are not a homogenous generation.