Qualitative Research on Post-Apartheid Racism
Based upon three sets of studies in schools in and around Cape Town, Whiteness Is the New South Africa highlights drastic racial disparities, suggesting that educational apartheid continues unabated, potentially fostering future generations of impoverished Black and Coloured communities. This book suggests that South Africa remains committed to stifling the intellectual, emotional, and economic development of Black and Coloured youth, while simultaneously investing in White children.
Chapter 5. Can Umlungu (a White Person) Save Us?: Outside-In Education in the New South Africa
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CAN UMLUNGU (A WHITE PERSON) SAVE US?
Outside-In Education in the New South Africa
Thandiswa Soma is a student engagement officer at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Thandiswa is a multiracial Coloured and Xhosa educator identified publicly as a youth activist; she is particularly committed to ensuring elite UCT students remember and give back to their communities. Her way of conceptualizing “giving back” involves volunteering through community-based organizations. Thandiswa extended to the lead researcher an invitation to the annual volunteer fair that she organized to start each academic year. The fair was held in a dining area, and students came between classes or during their lunchtimes to eat and meet with representatives of upwards of 20 community-based organizations. Tables were spread throughout the dining area, representing a huge array of organizations focused on feeding schemes, housing, clothing, tutoring, and HIV education. However, the differences among organizational resource levels became immediately clear.
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