Cathy Jones was 10 years old when she moved to Apartheid, South Africa. It was a place that had ideologies that were very biased towards people who were not of Asian or African origin. Jones went to a private school, full of children from more privileged families and because of that, she hadn’t been aware of the obvious segregation until she was fourteen years old. After finding out, however, she decided that she didn’t agree with the thoughts of the government and wanted to find a way to stop the unfair treatment that people with a different skin color faced.
At first, she started off actively protesting against the government’s views with some of her friends, which wasn’t taken very kindly and caused many people to be arrested at the scene, including a few of the friends that were protesting with her, one of them ending up dead. This impacted her in a more personal way because this caused her to think more about how the government tries to implement their views into citizens and how far they are willing to go to ensure that people knew they weren’t allowed to have their own thoughts about this issue.
As another way of trying to empower marginalized people, she decided to aid people in leaving the country and find a way to live somewhere they could be happier. As a result of this, she had to be very careful who she talked to about her views and what she was doing because anyone could report her to the police which would mean she wouldn’t be able to help people and would be in danger.
People outside Apartheid also knew of their mindset and the segregation and also decided that they wouldn’t buy any of the products from South Africa to go against the Apartheid movement, even though there were many good quality fruits and vegetables produced. They also organized boycotts so that no sports teams would play against the South African teams to try and find their own way to discourage the views of the Apartheid movement.
One event that impacted Jones and has paved the way for the views and opinions she has now was when she and her friend were coming back from somewhere and witnessed a police officer beating two black males for no reason at all. At that time, she didn’t try to intervene or use her privilege to try and stop the officer from continuing, which has been one of her greater regrets to this day. Because of this, she is against being a bystander, or someone who stands by and does nothing while watching injustice.
From this experience, she had learned that it is very important to stand up for her values and opinions as not doing so can cause major regret. This is also something that is encouraged in our school by us being able to share our thoughts and views on particular issues in many different environments, which shows that as vice principal, Cathy Jones was able to implement her beliefs into a learning system to teach children based on her own experiences.