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Racial Harrassment in S. Africa’s Orange Free State — NPR Analysis

June 6th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

Black students protest humiliation of Black workers in University of Orange Free State underground video.

Earlier this week, NPR’s News and Notes broadcast an interesting analysis of a news story out of the Orange Free State in South Africa. I blogged on this story at twilightandreason.wordpress.com back on March 19, 2008. You can read the full text of my blog entry, “Integration Woes Plague South African University,” at THIS LINk to my repost onto this website.

The News and Notes report raises some interesting questions about whether or not it would even have been possible for the workers to consent to eat the unrine-tainted food prepared by the white students. The News and Notes report asserts that the workers who were forced to eat the tainted food had no choice but to do as they were told by the white students, given the ways in which the historical relationship between Black menial laborers and the white minority in the highly segregationist Orange Free State continue to shape the interactions between Black and white people there.

To hear the News and Notes report click THIS LINK.

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