Mandisi Majavu: Whites – advantage through favouritism and opportunity-hoarding

The Mere Mention of the Words Affirmative Action… Instead of viewing affirmative action as a policy designed to assist blacks overcome the legacy of apartheid, mainstream whites regard it as a confirmation of black inferiority. This is partly why the debate about the change in admission policies of some universities is presented as something good for blacks. It is argued that a move away from a reliance on affirmative action to achieve diversity will reduce racial stereotyping. This argument fails to take into consideration the fact that in post-apartheid South Africa, it is not overt racism that hinders the social mobility of blacks, but the racial advantage that whites enjoy through acts of favouritism that whites show each other through opportunity hoarding.

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