Promesas incumplidas

Sudafrica es un pais de promesas incumplidas. Un ejemplo de como el solo enfocarse en los aspectos legales de la discriminación y el racismo si no va acompañado de una politica verdadera de insersion económica y educación no soluciona los problemas que este sistema ha traido. Hoy por hoy los negros pobres han cambiado poco en su estatus y bienestar de vida, aparte de que en teoria su pais no es más un país de apartheid, en la práctica las oportunidades que un blanco tiene en comparación de un negro son aún infinitamente superiores y sin visos de cambiar. Al contrario la impotencia y la situación económica ha hecho que el crimen se dispare, y el pueblo ha dirigido su rabia contra un nuevo “enemigo”: los extrajeros, africanos de paises más pobres que vienen por cientos a buscar un mejor futuro, los desmanes de enero demostraron que la xenofobia esta alcanzando niveles altos y preocupantes.

When Nelson Mandela became president of post-apartheid South Africa in 1994, he promised he would build a nation where people of different races could live together in peace and harmony.

 The racial bloodbath feared by many had been averted.

“The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” Mr Mandela, who has now turned 90, said at the time.

“We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white – will be able to walk tall. A Rainbow Nation at peace with itself and the world.”

His words ushered in a collective reverie as white South Africans discovered their common identity as Africans.

(…)A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up to lay bare the horror of the past and put it to rest.

But not everyone noticed that this rosy view relied on the goodwill of the very poorest South Africans who were expected to forgive and forget – even though there were reminders everywhere that this new South Africa did not necessarily include them.

Any talk of the differences between black and white lifestyles, attitudes or expectations was shouted down – no-one wanted to wake from the dream.

(…) Yet white South Africans, basking in their new-found acceptability, maintained their wealth and advantages

Only a few middle-class black and mixed-race South Africans, the so called “black diamonds”, were able to gain an education, get government contracts and tenders – their share of some of the spoils of a powerful economy.

(…) In truth, the only area where rich and poor, black and white have any shared experience is crime.

(…) Fourteen years after Mr Mandela’s new nation was born, the country’s newspapers are still filled with stories of snubs and rejections as white establishments blatantly refuse to allow black people in.

BBC News

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