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Racism is alive and well in South Africa

Racism is alive and well in South Africa

A new poll conducted by the The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), finds that most South Africans believe that racial relations have worsened, or stayed the same since the end of apartheid.

The South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB), an annual public opinion survey
conducted by the IJR, obtained a sample of 2,219 respondents.

It found that a majority of respondents (61.4%) feel that race relations since 1994 have either stayed the same or deteriorated.

Race relations have worsenedSouth Africans generally believe that the country has made progress on the road to national reconciliation since the end of apartheid (59.2%), and believe that the country has  to pursue it as a national objective (69.7%).

Most believe that it is impossible to achieve a reconciled society for as long as those who were disadvantaged under apartheid remain poor within the ‘new South Africa’.

Progress after apartheidMore black South Africans (61.3%) believe that the country has made progress in reconciliation since 1994. This demographic is followed by Indian respondents (59%) and white respondents (52.7%).

Coloured respondents represent the only group in which fewer than half of those
surveyed indicated that the country has made headway on the road to reconciliation.

Only a third (35.6%) of the sample indicated that they experience no racism in their daily lives.

Moreover, trust between the country’s historically defined racial groups remains low – 67.3% of all respondents noted that they have little to no trust in their fellow citizens of other racial groups.

Experiencing racismWhite (43.5%) and coloured South African (46.1%) respondents recorded the highest percentages for individual groups who say they never experience racism in their daily lives.

On the other end of the spectrum, 11.9% of the total sample of respondents reported that they experience racism all or most of the time. Black respondents (13%) were most likely to respond in this way, followed by Indian (9.9%), white (8.8%) and coloured (8.8%) respondents.

If all reported cases of racism are added up, IJR noted that 60.2% of all respondents have reported varying degrees of experience of racism in South Africa. Amongst individual racial categories, this figure is highest for black South Africans (62.4%) and lowest for white South Africans (54.1%).

Racial interaction

Most interracial interaction between South Africans occurs in public spaces, such as places of work and study and shopping centres, the poll found.

Interaction in more intimate spaces, such as private homes and social or communal gatherings, is limited.

Citizens who are materially better off report higher levels of interracial interaction than those who are worse off, the barometer found.

Racial trustAlthough South Africans primarily associate with their own race and language
groups, 75.5% of respondents noted that they regard being South African as a very important part of their identity.

“Legislation is no longer required to sustain apartheid. It has evolved in ways that allow it to sustain itself up to the present day,” the report said.

While material inequities as tangible and incontrovertible manifestations of apartheid’s legacy have received their due  attention in our public discourse over the past two decades, many have preferred to gloss over the persistence of racial prejudice that they continued to reproduce.

“But the country’s reluctance to confront this in a forthright manner has caught up with it. Many, today, experience a sense of deep social polarisation in which our separateness reinforces racial prejudice,” IJR said.

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  • Johan Meyer

    White people always plays the victim – hahaha

    • Sonic2k

      I am definitely no victim. I have the power to do something. The real victims are those living in poverty.

      • john speck

        Transformation is a sicko joke and only applies to white sport,its just a black racist thing to blame whites for everything.

        • Sonic2k

          Wrong, blacks cannot be racist, remember?

  • Sonic2k

    Yoh, MyBB scraping the news bucket empty…

    In any case let me say this. I am sick to death of this racist BS. Not a day goes by and there is this about race and that about race, the whites this and the whites that.

    So you know what.. take your arguments and shove them up your ass and I will leave the country as soon as possible never to come back and I will take my skills with me.

  • BigBlue

    From Krokodil.

    We are constantly told that the African is to be recognised as the equal of the white man, mentally, socially & economically but with the handicap of ancient custom & superstition so seriously hampering the years of infancy, it can only be the most exceptional individual who will succeed in making the grade.
    The standard of any society is set not by the few exceptions but by the majority.

    —————————–

    Not placing a time limit on BEE/AA/EE is an admission of inferiority.

    —————————————–

    • SpiritOfNehanda

      I see you’ve been copying and pasting this all over the internet. If that reasoning makes u sleep at night, then good for you…

  • Real Ist

  • Xileer

    I would not consider the race of others in my day to day life, but unfortunately I live in South Africa, and the law (BEE) requires me to do so.

  • Danny Boy

    When I drive, I race every time I can!

    • Kosenator

      YOU RACIST!!

  • Greg_Shark

    race is alive and well and kept there by the anc…..since mbeki and much more so zuma race relations have been on the downward slide…. racial reconciliation should be the upper most item on the govt agenda, sadly it’s at the bottom…

  • rguhweu

    What to discuss about racism in the country where BEE is official politic?!! THAT’s racism in clean form! “Specify your race” – on many blanks. WHY you need it if all of us (supposed) to be equal? And it’s norm – to distance from “alien” people, like white bear never have sex with brown one!

  • Blapartheid Zulu

    Blacks in the anc are the most racist ever

    • SHOOT THE BOER

      Well maybe Whites should move to America then.

      • GrimmyGrimReaper

        JOH!!! flag flag flag flag flag

      • Blapartheid Zulu

        Shoot the BOER? what a name…. see what I mean about racists blacks in the ANC? Maybe you should move back to north africa.

        • SHOOT THE BOER

          wena ukuthuthela Europe nalo lonke namaBhunu of nomalume uTom self.

        • john speck

          Big racist claiming Rsa as his but didnt come from here ,north african trying to claim new territory…..colonist black

        • SHOOT THE BOER

          Black have been here longer than you and your people. Move to America.

          • Dylan Ross

            Put a bullet in your head or everyone else will gladly do it

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            And a bullet in your heart and a d*ck chopped off in your mouth.

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            Ayasab’ amagwala (cowards are scared)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            ayeah
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot )
            ayasab ‘a magwala (cowards are scared)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            awu yoh
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

            awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
            awe mama iyeah (oh mother)
            awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
            awe mama iyo (oh mother)

            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
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            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

            Ayasab’ amagwala (cowards are scared)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot )
            ayeah
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            ayasab ‘a magwala (cowards are scared)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            iii yoh
            dubula dubala (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

            awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
            awe mama iyo (oh mother)
            awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
            awe mama iyo (oh mother)

            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

            Ziyarapa lezinja (these dogs rape)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            ay iyeah
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            Ziyarapa lezinja (these dogs rape)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            ay iiiyo
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

            Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
            dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

            Ayasab’ amagwala (cowards are scared)
            Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            Ay iyeah
            Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            Ayasab’ amagwala (cowards are scared)
            Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
            Ay iyeah

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            Most of you Boers are getting wipes out in the fields where your people don’t belong.

      • john speck

        Al blacks should go back to where they came from in north africa and give back to the indigenous people their land which they stole.

        • SHOOT THE BOER

          Wrong Whites should go back to Europe or America. Blacks get to keep All of Africa and Black Majority Rule in The Caribbean Island. End of discussion.

          • john speck

            right sa blacks should go back to the part of africa they came from and give back to the Kooisan where they stole it from and claim its theirs…..Africa belongs not to Sa blacks they must go back to where they come from.They love to change history to suite themselves.

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            Whites are from the Confirmation that the White (Caucasian) Race is derived from Dravidian …. excepting the Crimean and western Caucasus mountains’ border with the sea. http://realhistoryww.com/world

          • Blapartheid Zulu

            Your confirmation is a theory buddy, the same as black people came from baboons, can I call it a confirmation? No, it’s a theory! Just like yours. If I told you I have proof black people originated from north pole, do you want to go back?

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            Wrong again fool! But here’s the good news, n 1950, whites were 28 percent of world population and Africans 9 percent, a ratio of three-to-one. In 2060, the ratio will remain the same. But the colors will be reversed. People of African ancestry will be 25 percent of the world’s population. People of European descent will have fallen to 9.8 percent. Just like what Robert Mugabe did to you boers in Zimbabwe will soon be the death nail to your kind here in South Africa.

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            I don’t need to go back buddy. You and your ilk need to go back to Europe or America less you want to end up like the rest of your White Afrikaners in Zimbabwe. Ooops they don’t exist.

          • Blapartheid Zulu

            Sorry to disappoint you bud, apparently everyone CAME from Africa…. Guess no one is leaving , guess you just have to live with technologies such as Internet, cars, tv, radio, smartphone , computers, and shop like a white at a supermarket buying with money…. Don’t suffer too much while the whites are here… Unless you really wanna go back to your home in North Africa by doing it the ancestral way…. Walking…. Wearing your ancestral leopard skins…. End of discussion?

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            Wrong stupid. Black people are from Africa while Whites are from the Confirmation that the White (Caucasian) Race is derived from Dravidian …. excepting the Crimean and western Caucasus mountains’ border with the sea. http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/White_people.htm

          • Blapartheid Zulu

            Wrong retard, your link don’t work. its proven everyone has African DNA as we all supposedly came from Africa…. Unless you say otherwise? Meaning we are not equal human? Those of us that looking more pale derived from Asia? If that’s the case I won’t argue and stop you from claiming you derived from a baboon? http://whydoyoulooklikeababoon.com/realhistory

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            The White Budini like you Hair color is the pigmentation of hair follicles due to two types of melanin, eumelanin and pheomelanin. Generally, if more melanin is present, the color of the hair is darker; if less melanin is present, the hair is lighter. Blond hair can have almost any proportion of phaeomelanin and eumelanin, but both only in small amounts. More phaeomelanin creates a more golden blond color, and more eumelanin creates an ash blond. Blond hair is common in many European peoples, but rare among peoples of non-European origin. Red hair ranges from vivid strawberry shades to deep auburn and burgundy, and is the rarest fully distinct hair color on earth. It is caused by a variation in the Mc1r gene and believed to be recessive. Red hair has the highest amounts of phaeomelanin and usually low levels of eumelanin, and is the rarest natural human hair color.have all deep blue eyes, and bright red hair. There is a city in their territory, called Gelonus, which is surrounded with a lofty wall, thirty furlongs each way, built entirely of wood. All the houses in the place and all the temples are of the same material. Here are temples built in honour of the Grecian gods, and adorned after the Greek fashion with images, altars, and shrines, all in wood. There is even a festival, held every third year in honour of Bacchus, at which the natives fall into the Bacchic fury. For the fact is that the Geloni were anciently Greeks, who, being driven out of the factories along the coast, fled to the Budini and took up their abode with them. They still speak a language half Greek, half Scythian.

            That’s your history beast!

            http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/White_people.htm

          • SHOOT THE BOER

            And Boer we are taking your people out in South Africa just like Mugabe did to your people in Zimbabwe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fzRSE_p1Ys

  • Hennie

    Sometimes blacks see racism where none was intended. I remember a hard day at work and as I was peeing in the urinal I sighed and said “Oh Boy” aloud as a black man entered. His head shot up and gave me a real dirty look.

  • Runnin Bare

    Its the ANC and the so called ‘Lead SA’ on radio that continues to promote racism. Lead SA presenters always use the excuse that ‘we must talk about it’. They will keep it going till the day they die and pass it onto their kids. The real issue is that they have no imagination and can’t find another subject to talk about. I am out and about daily and rarely come across any racism in my travels or at work.

  • Kosenator

    Correct. Racism is alive and well and not going anywhere… at least not yet. As a whitie, i often experience that other groups do as they wish to me and my kin, and we need to apologise quickly or risk losing our job. Remember, kids: According the current World politics, racism is ONLY white against other groups; NEVER other groups murdering/ insulting/ bullying whites.

    “If it’s black, it’s RIGHT
    If it’s wrong, it’s WHITE”

    Hypocrites.

    • SHOOT THE BOER

      Maybe Whites should move to Canada then.

      • Kosenator

        Something i learn the very hard and personal way: until you know someone personally, don’t make messy jokes. You just might burn bridges you’ll need in the future.

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