The Truth About South Africa's Rainbow Nation
Clare is a lawyer from South Africa, who works for a geographical information systems firm.
We begin by discussing Clare’s background and upbringing. Having grown up during apartheid, Clare witnessed firsthand the dramatic effects that followed its abolition. She tells us that the stories of White-on-black violence during apartheid are largely exaggerated, and that most violence in South Africa was, and continues to be, black-on-black. Clare describes how her misgivings with multiculturalism and equality began once she realized that affirmative action was something indefinite, rather than temporary. We discuss how an unofficial apartheid continues to exist in South Africa; in fact, racial integration only occurs through direct government interference. This, of course, reveals an important truth: people prefer being around their own kind. Shifting gears, Clare tell us what it’s like to be White in contemporary South Africa. We learn that, although nearly all Whites are affected, they are afraid to speak out and be labeled “racists” – for such an accusation, as in other White countries, will generally spell the end of one’s career. The show also touches on early South African history, racial differences, and the state of White identity in this troubled nation.