I went to ESPN’s website to check WC scores and was surprised to find two short videos on its soccer homepage commemorating the June 16, 1976 student uprising in Soweto. A day which is now recognized as “Youth Day,” a national holiday.
Check them out for yourself:
They are not particularly impressive, especially because neither details exactly what happened on June 16, 1976, i.e. what the students were protesting or who Hector Pieterson is. I would say the biggest flaw is that the videos, likely to be watched by many checking scores today, makes it seem as if the struggle is in the past. Former SA footballer, Shaun Bartlett, says it best:
It’s more these days about the memorial, so there are no more protests involved. It’s all about going to church and remembering what happened on that day in a very calm way.
– Allison Swank