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How US disinvestment helped end apartheid: Ron Dellums w/ Rachel Maddow

Former Rep. Ron Dellums, talks with Rachel Maddow about how pressure from the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 helped end apartheid in South Africa.

Be clear, however, that then-Congressman Dellums and the Congressional Black Caucus had to (re-)introduce legislation for 15 years before this legislation was finally able to be pushed through the U.S. Congress.

These movements don't happen by sheer moral persuasion.  It has to be coupled with active and persistent courage and determination to win the long fight for justice.  Politics matters, but the use of politics to achieve meaningful policy victories depends on the determination of elected officials, in partnership with a committed interest group, to persistently fight the good fight.