Words at Play : Top 10 Words of the '80s

#3: Apartheid

"The urge to punish South Africa for apartheid is now palpable throughout the United States. Americans want to destroy this abhorrent structure of racism or disown its sponsors' claimed kinship with Western culture." —¬†Editorial, New York Times, June 9, 1985

Protests against apartheid, which means "apartness" in Afrikaans, heated up in 1970s South Africa. In the 1980s, the rest of the world joined in – with disinvestments, sanctions, and boycotts.

Anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990; apartheid officially came to an end four years later.

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