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In the movie Cry Freedom, Steve Biko was a black activist and human rights leader who devoted his life toward achieving equality for blacks was loved by the black community but hated and feared by the white South African community.

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Cherno Okafor Okafor 1 Ms. Le Piane CHV2O703 December 4 2010 Cry Freedom Essay In the movie Cry Freedom, Steve Biko was a black activist and human rights leader who devoted his life toward achieving equality for blacks was loved by the black community but hated and feared by the white South African community. He is such a strong, powerful and important figure because of his ongoing nonviolent resistance against racism in South Africa. Biko's wisdom and intellect were extremely impressive. He took James Woods, the editor of the white newspaper, to a black township with him and later befriends Biko. However, Biko is banned from these townships by the government. In addition, he is a courageous civil rights figure who stopped at nothing to reach his ultimate goal of obtaining freedom. Biko even went to the most dangerous extremes to achieve this. Through Biko's treatment as a black man by the white-ruled South African government, the film portrayed the extent of racism and unequal treatment that took place in South Africa during that time. ...read more.

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Originally, I think that Biko was able to uplift Woods because of the fact that Woods had called him a racist since he fosters black consciousness ideals. But since they met, that has changed and Woods became the voice of reason. One aspect of Steve Biko is his moderation. Biko is moderate and does not want the Blacks to really become more superior, but only equal to the whites. At the soccer match, Biko's speech for grounded his fight against racism as he attempted to promote the idea of changing South Africa. The difference is that Biko is against racism and not the whites. Moreover, Steve Biko is a determined person and is willing to eliminate apartheid in South Africa as well as the negative connotations associated with Black. We can see that Biko is willing to negotiate, however will use violence if he has to. The decision would be up to the whites. As a result of Biko's resistance and his fight against racism, there are a few consequences. ...read more.

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Steven Biko endured a life of countless hardships and turmoil. He was born into a poor African family. Biko introduced Donald Woods, a liberal writer, to the true side of black life. Life for Biko was not very easy. He lived a very harsh life full of suffering. The conditions he was born into were not the best. It is unbelievable that Biko became the influential figure he was despite coming from a very poor and unstable background. This means that Biko had ambition. Biko had lived an incomparably hard life and yet he endured it because he wanted to make South Africa a better place for everyone. Biko was a heroic figure and has established a place from him. In conclusion, Steve Biko founded the philosophy of the Black Consciousness Movement which would ultimately empower and mobilize much of the urban black population. Since his death in police custody, I believe he is a victim of the anti-apartheid movement. While living, his writings and activisms attempted to empower black people. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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