“…It was remarkable to me that a country could memorialize and reincorporate its oppressive past by building the foundation of its Constitutional Court and Constitutional Hall upon the bricks and walls of its old prisons.
Even though the Constitutional Court is the equivalent of the United States Supreme Court, its design and presentation could not be more different than our hallowed American building of marble and looming columns…
One of the most interesting things about studying in South Africa has been encountering how the state addresses the history and legacy of apartheid. This experience has been especially interesting in contrast to my perceptions of the United States and its treatment of indigenous and black populations, among other historically oppressed groups.
Watching South Africa – the most unequal country in the world – confront its social issues, I have grown interested in the notion of refounding a country…”
Read more at The Stanford Daily: http://www.stanforddaily.com/2013/02/17/a-luta-continua-refounding-a-nation/