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Racism in South Africa

  • Date Submitted: 06/30/2010 06:22 AM
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Thesis Statement: Despite attaining independence, South Africa still suffer from racism, and the mark of oppression still grips the country through the propagation of tribal and xenophobic clashes.
          According to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, Racism is the belief that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial difference produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. As a practice, it means the same thing as racial discrimination. It is practiced by certain racial groups being denied rights or benefits, or receiving preferential treatment.
      Xenophobia is the uncontrollable fear of foreigners. It comes from the Greek words (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner" and (phobos), meaning "fear." It can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an in-group towards an out-group including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity.
Yes, racism is a present reality in South Africa. A decade and half after the end of apartheid, South Africans are beginning to face up to the fact that they have a present problem with racism in the country. Former president Nelson Mandela dedicated most of his vigor to drawing up and putting into effect the new constitution, which is molded by the experiences of the apartheid past and the hopes for the future. It enshrines and defends equality among different races and tribes in South Africa, and prohibits any racist act against human dignity.
This is not to say that most regular citizens of South Africa have not always been aware that they have the following problems:-
• Apartheid, a system of legal racial segregation infringed the rights of the majority non-white
• Influx of Foreigners from other African countries has led to Xenophobia.
• The many stereotypes that dictate and sustain racial attitudes are yet to be dismantled
• Discrimination in...


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