October 02, 2011 | By: Andrew Centofante | Tags: travel
One of the first things I did while in Cape Town was visit the District 6 museum. District 6 is an area of the inner city that is know for the forced removal of over 60,000 black and colored (anyone who wasn’t white) people during apartheid. Our guide was Bishop Peter Storey who actively participated in the apartheid resistance along side Desmond Tutu. He outwardly spoke against the apartheid regime and lead his congregation in protests, fighting for reform. At one time, he was also chaplain to Nelson Mandela while he was in prison. The church that he lead in District 6 has been transformed into the District 6 museum. It was amazing to see things like the picture above and realize that this happened less than 40 years ago. To see the news paper clippings, maps and notes left by people who are still alive who were removed from their homes. Even though images like this resemble images I have seen in American history, it was still a startling and infuriating display of racism. Everywhere I went in South Africa I saw traces of apartheid and there are still so many people who are greatly effected by it. Bishop Peter Storey took us on a walking tour of Cape Town afterward where we got to visit parliament and a few other incredible sites. It was so amazing to hear him speak about what had happened because he lived through it. It really helped put a lot of things into context that I experienced through out my time in South Africa.
And yes, the movie District 9 was inspired by the events of District 6… even though it has aliens in it.