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December 4, 2012 US foreign policy before 1986 toward South Africa: non-interventionist due to the sensitivity of apartheid and having gone through their own forms of racial segregation/Jim Crow Most important anti-apartheid movement was in the United States because it has a large amount of influence in South Africa Prime Minister tried reforming the government because of the outside pressures by forming a tri- cameral form of government but it left out the majority of Black peoples, included whites, Indians, and coloreds Double standard in thinking and speech about South Africa: didn’t want to impose embargoes on the country because they thought it might end up hurting those it was trying to help (Reagan) Voting Rights Act: number of black representatives went from 600 across the world to over 7,000 Black Caucus of the Congress created its own lobby group: TransAfrica Backing of Thatcher and Reagan helped sustain South Africa, financially, throughout the apartheid era Constructive engagement: America had a pro-feelign toward reform and attempt to move it forward politically and business-wise Reagan reversed restrictions on arms, expanded cooperation between the two countries Authorities began to take people up off the street and detain them without trials TV coverage was critical because it helped put a human face to the events going on Black caucus tried to establish a meeting with the Ambassador of South Africa: had congressmen arrested “Free South Africa Movement”: picketing outside the SA embassy to end apartheid
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