Majority Of Black South Africans Believe In Equality

 CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 01: A group of students shout slogans and hold banners during an anti-xenophobia demonstration against the alleged racist attitude of the administration of the Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa on September 01, 2015.


A report by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) recently brought to light what South Africans from all walks of life think about the state of race relations in SA at the moment.

The IRR last year commissioned the national survey focusing on members of the public’s attitudes towards race and empowerment.

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The report, titled Race: What South Africans Really Think, combined the opinions of 2 245 people from all nine provinces; including people from rural and urban zones. Of all those surveyed, 78.3% were black, 9% coloured, 2.8% Indian and 9.9% white.

One of the reasons for the report, according to the IRR, was social media comments making it look as if black people hated white people and wanted to drive them out of the country or see them as second-class citizens.

The results, however, paint a very different picture.

In fact, black respondents overwhelmingly disagree that white people should be treated as second-rate citizens… 58.3% in total.

When given the statement SA is a country for black Africans, and whites must learn to take second place the responses were as follow:

Total Black Coloured Asian White
Agree 30.2% 28.5% 35.5% 53.0% 32.0%
Disagree 56.8% 58.3% 49.4% 44.7% 53.7%
Neither agree or disagree 12.9% 12.9% 15.1% 2.2% 14.1%

source: The South

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