English, AfrikaansShow more English petty + apartheid (either translation of, or the origin of, Afrikaans klein apartheid ‘small apartheid’).
The manifestations of apartheid experienced in everyday life, especially the segregation of public facilities (see quotation 1991); klein apartheid, small apartheid, see apartheid sense 1 b. Also attributive.Cf. grand apartheid.
1966Cape Argus 8 Apr. 14While separate development proceeds so slowly, the Government, for home consumption, makes demonstrations of strength on the petty apartheid front.
1973E. Prov. Herald 9 Nov. 1Petty apartheid was probably the widest front on which a man’s dignity was assaulted and..almost the entire population was acutely aware of how it operated.
1986New Statesman (U.K.) 24 Jan. 18While racial signs have been removed from public buildings and whites can buy in the same shops as blacks, ‘petty apartheid’ remains enforced on a local level...Pretoria’s public parks are still out of bounds to blacks.
1989Weekend Post 18 Nov. 3The controversial Reservation of Separate Amenities Act, which the National Party introduced in 1953 and is now to abolish, was one of the original petty apartheid measures.
1991A. Van WykBirth of New Afrikaner 81Petty apartheid was the way the grand design found gratuitous expression daily in a variety of measures which prescribed for blacks separate taxis, buses, trains, lifts, toilets, park benches, shop counters and entrances to public places, denying them admission to ‘white’ restaurants, hotels, cinemas, beaches, swimming pools, sporting clubs and other facilities.
The manifestations of apartheid experienced in everyday life, especially the segregation of public facilities (see quotation 1991); klein apartheid, small apartheid, see apartheid1 b. Also attributive.
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