Donald Woods - Wikipedia
Subjected to 22 hours of interrogation, torture and beating by South African police on September 6, , Steve Biko died six days later. Donald Woods, Biko's. Under Woods, the Daily Dispatch was very critical of the Movement under the leadership of Steve Biko. The book chronicles the relationship between journalist and newspaper editor Donald Woods and Steve Biko. Woods at first wrote rather.
I've seen arguments, and I'm sorry to say even made the mistake of starting a few, where white "allies" take offense to being excluded from certain conversations about anti-blackness. There's still a whole shit load of "well, not all white people! I'm only just learning to find the balance between being an ally and not overstepping, and I don't think I'll ever get it completely right. That does lead to the conflicting thing about this novel: And I commend Woods for writing it and think it's something he absolutely needed to write.
He himself was banned for writing about Stephen Biko and he risked his life writing this and then escaping the country to get this book published, to tell the world who Stephen Biko was and exactly what Apartheid was. And while he talked about his views and how Biko changed those views, he didn't try to make the book about him. The focus was always on Biko, on his life, on the inquiry into his death, on testimonies from the friend that was arrested with him on what actually happened in that prison.
But I think the great injustice here is that the person who SHOULD have written this book was unable to because he was beaten to death in prison. In the end, it was Woods' white privilege that allowed this book to be published and I would say it's his white privilege that allowed it to be so well-received.
But that's a different review and I would need to watch the movie again to be more thorough in it. The book was good, I'm glad that I read it, but be prepared to be shaken up. An unauthorized secret autopsy revealed brain trauma caused by severe blows to the head was the cause of death.
Steve Biko | South African political leader | artsocial.info
Biko was the leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, an organization that promoted liberation and political change through peaceful, non-violent means of resistance. Physically, he was an imposing figure, very tall, extremely well-built with a noble face.
He was not an extrovert—one had the sense of a great capacity for self-containment. He spoke to gatherings of people and published widely. His ancestors arrived in South Africa with the Settlers. His parents ran a trading post in Transkei, a tribal reserve, which the South African government would later designate a bantustan.
As a boy Woods had extensive regular contact with the Bomvana people.
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He spoke fluent Xhosa and Afrikaansas well as his mother tongue, English. Woods and his brother, Harland, were sent to the Christian Brothers College in Kimberley in the predominantly Afrikaner Northern Cape for their secondary education. The school was academically rigorous, and the Irish Christian Brothers had a reputation for neutrality on questions of politics.
While Woods was away at school, the National Party came to power in and began to build the apartheid structure. When he started his law course at the University of Cape Town inWoods supported government policies that separated the races, but was wary of the heavy hand of the Afrikaner National Party. During his legal studies he started to question the separatist views he grew up with, becoming politically active in the Federal Party, which rejected apartheid and drew its support from liberal English-speaking whites.
Woods spent two years as a legal apprentice, with the goal of becoming a barristerbut gravitated toward journalism.
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Just as he was about to embark on his career as a journalist, the year-old Woods was approached by the Federal Party to run for a seat in parliament. His campaign was unsuccessful, and he went back to his job as a cub reporter for the Daily Dispatch newspaper in East London.
For two years during the late s, he honed his skills as a journalist by writing and sub-editing for various newspapers in England and Wales. It was while working in Wales that he developed a love and respect for the Welsh people that endured all his life. While working on the Western MailCardiff, Woods became friends with colleague Glyn Williams, who later joined him on the Daily Dispatch and eventually became editor himself.
Before returning to South Africa, he served as a correspondent for London's now defunct Daily Heraldtravelling throughout the eastern and southern United States, eventually arriving in Little Rock, Arkansaswhere he filed stories comparing U. Woods went back to work at the Dispatch and married Wendy Bruce, whom he had known since they were teenagers in their hometown.
They had six children: Their fourth son, Lindsay, born incontracted meningitis and died just before his first birthday. The family had settled into a comfortable life in East Londonand in Februaryat the age of 31, Woods rose to the position of editor-in-chief of the Daily Dispatch which held an anti-apartheid editorial policy.
As editor, Woods expanded the readership of the Dispatch to include Afrikaans-speakers as well as black readers in nearby Transkei and Ciskei.
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Woods integrated the editorial staff and flouted apartheid policies by seating black, white, and coloured reporters in the same work-area. When challenged to meet him and learn the truth before printing his stories, Woods set out to meet Biko. Drawn to him as shown abovethe two and their wives and families became friends.
Woods wrote in protest, and was himself banned. When his own family came under attack, they finally escaped the country with the manuscript of this book, narrowly escaping being killed.Freedom Day Struggle Heroes: Steve Biko & Donald James Woods
It was made into the movie Cry Freedom in the late s, both while apartheid was still in practice. Steve Biko became an international icon and helped move the world to sanctions against South Africa until the apartheid system changed. That transformation can affect a reader or watcher perhaps more powerfully.
A wrong flick of a computer key, and the entire thing disappeared.