RACIAL BARRIERS ARE SOMETIMES IN THE MIND
By: Elizabeth Kunene
In most cases people still use race as an issue for an unsuccessful black South Africa.
Even after 21 years of democracy, the race card is still being played as the most damaging and self-distraction cause of unsuccessful black people.
Njabulo Nkabinde, third year Architecture student said that young South Africans still believe that being a different colour ‘black’ is a problem in society with the high rate of
unemployed black graduates. They feel that the government is not to be blamed for the lack of opportunities in the country anymore, but the skin colour they possess is.
Some postgraduate students took to Facebook to express how they feel about being black, young and unemployed.
“Being black is my biggest sin in this world I don’t understand how one can hate you just because you have a different skin tone than them,” said Siyabonga Vilane, a Facebook user.
“Most of us grew up in a non-apartheid era and most my friends are mixed races so I don’t understand the whole argument of black and white issue and where is it coming from,” said
Samkelo Soxunjwa, IT student at Damelin College.
Most people still argue that it is because they are “black” and that is why they are treated like they are a lower rank then other people.
Amanda Dlamini, is a student at the University of Free State and she said that most of her lecturers still speak a lot of Afrikaans in lecture rooms and when asked why they say that
they are explaining to other students that don’t understand English even though the curriculum is in English.
Is race still an issue in South Africa and does really being a different colour give you more advantage than the other? And, why is race such a big issue in our country when most of the
young people in this generation have not even seen what does apartheid even look like?
“Race has nothing to do with the high rate of unemployed young black South Africans.
You just need to work harder as an individual to get what you want,” said Lucky Dlamini, a student at the Mangosuthu University of Technology.