BLACK PEOPLES? LIVED EXPERIENCES OF EVERYDAY RACISM IN POSTAPARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

Abstract

Author(s): Xoliswa MTOSE

The current paper sought to give an account of the lived experiences of racism by black people in the course of their daily life in contemporary South Africa. Through the lens of Essed’s theory of everyday racism, the paper explored how the familiar practice in everyday situation continues to be defined by a pervasive racist ideology. The design of the paper was based on case study using discourse analysis as the data analysis technique. The empirical data used was part of a larger study on emerging black identities in contemporary South Africa. For the purpose of the article, the focus of the analysis was about stories concentrating on times when the participants experienced racism. Consequently, the paper traced the trajectory of old and new mutations of racism in post-apartheid South Africa. The findings revealed that post-apartheid experiences of racism are seen as both a continuation of everyday experiences of racism. It was also evidenced that legacy of apartheid continues to have an impact on black people, despite the progress made since 1994.

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