Stop looking at race and start solving our problems

Apartheid Sign: Is it really different to reserving job positions for blacks?

The idea of writing this came to me a couple of weeks ago when The Telegraph published an article about Richard Dawkins. The article, strangely, criticised Dawkins because it found out that some of his ancestors had owned slaves. This is peculiar because Dawkins can not be held responsible for the actions of his ancestors, especially people that were alive before he was even born. It is true that he might have benefited from any wealth that had been amassed by those ancestors, but that is just an accident of fate, again something he has no responsibility for.

This got me thinking about issues of affirmative action in South Africa and whether it makes sense. Everyone knows that South Africa has a history of racial discrimination. Some races were considered inferior and that has left a large wealth and education disparity today. None of that can be ignored and we need to find some way to undo the effects of apartheid. Continue reading