Cross-cultural racism in South Africa - dead or alive?

Andre Slabbert1
1Cape Technikon, South Africa
Cite this article:  Slabbert, A. (2001). Cross-cultural racism in South Africa - dead or alive? Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 29(2), 125-132.

Volume 29 Issue 2 | e1073 | Published: March 2001 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2001.29.2.125

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To assess the relative status of racist paradigms in students, 265 students completed a questionnaire aimed at measuring ethnic group identification and particular interracial attitudes. Results were disappointing, indeed distressing. Significant indications of racist stereotypes were found in all racial groups, with a strong bias towards participants’ own racial groups. The primary conclusion is that racist perceptions and stereotypes remain very prevalent and active in the South African society. A number of recommendations to address the issue are made, e.g., school curricula should include particular components to develop greater understanding/sensitivity regarding other racial groups; social emphasis should be on cultural solidarity rather than on cultural diversity; national governments should contribute funding towards setting up an international forum to study/combat racism.

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