- Since 1996 the ratio in interacial couple has increased dramatically
- However, interracial couples still face opposition from some in the community
- The freedom that the new democratic South Africa offers, gives us hope for a better tomorrow
It has been 24 years since the tyrannical apartheid laws ended but race is still a divisive factor in many South Africans lives. Why does the colour of our skin have so much power over us as South Africans?
The 27th of April will mark the 24th anniversary since apartheid ended and the freedom that was promised appears to still be elusive as the country struggles to come to terms with its ethnic diversity.
Interracial couples still find themselves facing uncomfortable situations, stares and whispers. Some parts of SA are more forgiving like Gauteng, other parts are still less accepting of mixed-race couples.
The numbers don't lie
A study by the North-West University showed that since 1996 the ratio of interracial couples has increased from 303:1 to 95:1.
However, all is not equal, black men were still found to be more likely to marry outside of their race than black women. Interracial marriages were still most prominent within the black, coloured and Indian race groups.
An end to racism?
Sadly it is unlikely that racism will be eliminated from South Africa with instances of racism on social media almost daily. That is not to say that the situation hasn't improved. Thanks to the freedom that the new South Africa offers people are far more tolerant of interracial couples and they enjoy the freedom under law to pursue relationships outside of their race.
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