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I'm watching Masterpiece Contemporary on PBS right now...Tonight's feature is called "Endgame", which is a docudrama about apartheid-era South Africa.

I remember watching the news one day when they aired a segment about South Africa...I was about 8 or 9 years old...It must've been a protest of some kind, I don't remember. I do remember seeing the white South African police on the streets & a black woman being dragged by the cops. I didn't process what was going on @ the time, but had a feeling that it wasn't good.

It's been over 20 years since I've seen that segment...and that image is seared into my mind still.

I also remember as a child that my mom only kept Pepsi in the house. I asked Mom why she never drank Coke and she said because it tasted too sweet. I was about 11 or 12 years old (and outside of the home) when I tasted my first Coca-Cola. Thought it was way tastier (and not as syrupy) than Pepsi...It wasn't until I was already a teenager that my mom told me the real reason why she didn't keep Coke in the home. Coca-Cola did business with the old South African government, and she was boycotting any products that supported apartheid.

I also found out during those years that the Israeli gov't supplied the white South Africans w/weapons...Which is why I don't (and never will) support Israel.

PS- <3 David T's real accent! (He introduces the film in the beginning for those of y'all who dig him *cough*[livejournal.com profile] ladymako71*cough*)

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