I am a Black student and writer who moved to South Africa to do my second masters degree in media and communication. I picked the country as a place of study because of what I thought were resounding similarities between conversations around race and oppression there and the United States. It also became an opportunity to live, breathe, and think on the continent, a true gift and privilege to Black diasporans. I was excited to live in a space that belonged to Black people and to understand my Blackness in a new place.
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The definition of the problem influences the solution; affirmative action obscures the complex nature of discrimination experienced by Black women by class, role, and culture and focuses only on gender and race. Secondly, the power of White women and Black men supercede the power of Black women. Apartheid benefitted White women over Black men. Affirmative action, as shifting power between groups, would solidify White women's power. The debates have taken place within university and academic contexts, a place where Black women have been excluded and the dominant groups are White men, followed by White women, and then Black men. The debate in the private sector also is devoid of Black women's voices; multinationals began to hire and train Black male managers, and there was criticism that standards were falling. Recruitment of Black women is unknown, but only 1.
Basically, the South African white community is a homogeneous community. It is a community of people who sit to enjoy a privileged position that they do not deserve, are aware of this, and therefore spend their time trying to justify why they are doing so. Where differences in political opinion exist, they are in the process of trying to justify their position of privilege and their usurpation of power….
Racism in South Africa is widely regarded as an ongoing problem. Since the demise of Apartheid it remains a societal rather than an institutionalised problem. During the Colonial era, the Cape served as strategic base for the Colonial expansionist interests in the east.