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November 16, 2012
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What does the South African youth think about interracial relationships in the post-Apartheid era?

“RT @Anonymous: No self-respecting white man would date a black woman.” – 29 August 2012

This year marks South Africa’s 18th year of freedom and democracy, as the country is legally unchained from the racial oppression that occurred during the Apartheid era. Laws banning interracial relationships and marriage have long since been eradicated, and South Africa’s youth, the “born-frees”, have been able to enjoy a society were interracial love is not against the law. But behind South Africa’s institutionalised ideology of non-racialism and multicultural diversity lies the subtle yet undeniable and enduring undercurrent of racialism, perpetuated by the older generation, whom grew up in the racially segregated and intolerant Apartheid climate.

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