He dared to protest against the all white South African Government in 1977
15,000 people attended his funeral
Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere
Stephen Bantu (Steve) Biko
Founder and martyr of the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa
Newsweek Magazine: "Steven Biko sat naked in a prison cell and waited for nineteen days. When his captors were ready to interrogate him, they chained him in a chair for two days. Freed briefly, he somehow scuffled with the police and probably suffered severe head injuries. Biko's speech was incoherent and his breathing shallow when he was returned to his cell, and he lapsed into a coma that the police shrugged off as a feigned illness. He could not eat, but that was interpreted as a hunger strike, and prison doctors repeatedly failed to diagnose his brain damage. Finally Biko was put naked into the back of a Land-Rover and driven 800 miles from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria, allegedly for medical treatment. But the next day, the 30-year-old leader of South Africa's 'black consciousness' movement dies alone on the floor of his cell."
The U.S. wasn't able to save Stephen Biko, but we were able to help Nelson Mandela. And so many more who followed in their footsteps who were spared the brutality that faced those opposed to the South African Government. I sense the same mentality in South Africa at that time may have been similar to the oppression for which early Americans left England in search of a better country. Even from its inception America did not practice terroristic behavior to achieve its dreams and goals - in our case early settlers left England in search of a better place, a place where we could live our dreams in a society that allowed each and every human being to try and achieve their personal dreams. It is the foundation from which America was built upon. So for those against US Policy, convey your feelings in a means Americans can understand and relate to - not by killing her women, children and other innocents. You can just look at the American TV Show Saturday Night Live each week to see that we poke fun at ourselves and our government. In America you are not supposed to be brutalized for protesting peacefully against something you disagree with. And so Americans are able to peacefully achieve change for the greater good of all Americans.
South African officers confess to killing Stephen Biko
January 28, 1997
2006 Catch A Fire Movie Captures What Life in South Africa was like in the 1980's for one Man and his Family
In Theaters October 2006 - It is a True Story
Now available on DVD, I finally saw this movie and had forgotten it was a true story until it stated so at the end of the movie. Very good movie, although I don't think they properly emphasized the amount of violence actually committed by the South African Government. Very well done, worth taking the time to watch.