Ethnic Identity In South Africa

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As South Africans we are encouraged to celebrate and accept each others differences. Everyone belongs to an ethnicity/ culture and how they practice their ethnicity/ culture is unique to each of them. They have all worked towards South Africas identity in many different ways. I am a Coloured, but most people would consider me to be White because of my fair complexion. My grandmother’s father was Dutch; he married a Coloured lady who is my great-grandmother. They lived in a Coloured area and were therefore classified as a Coloured. My grandfather’s father was British, he married my great-grandmother who was Coloured. My father’s father is Portuguese. This explains why I am such a fair Coloured. My family speaks both english and afrikaans. We live in what is considered a Coloured area. I have a very big family which is a common trait for most Coloured families.…show more content…
Their ancestry may include European settlers, Khoisan and Xhosa people, and imported slaves. The term Coloured was developed in the British era for the people of mixed descent living in Cape Town. It included people of different religions, language groups, wealth and education. They collectively experienced rejection and discrimination Coloured people struggled to define themselves. A definition was not easily found. In the midst of many ethnic identities there was still a notion of political affiliation amongst the Coloured population, but it was not as strong during the early twentieth century. Many Coloured people still kept their conservative values and their leaders sought protectionist deals from the South African government. One example was a New Deal that ensured that coloured dock workers were hired in preference to

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