The Situation of White Privilege in South Africa

Published: 2021-08-09 23:05:07
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Source G
Origins: Source G is a primary source, published online by writer Kalwant Bhopala is a professor of Education and Social Justice at the university of Birmingham and was recently appointed visiting professor at Harvard university and is even an author of the book, the myth of a post racial society platform impact of social science, the purpose of the article is to notify people on what happens in schools and tertiary institutes in the UK (United Kingdom) and USA(United States of America) (the world) and how racism is still at play and not to mention how white privilege is still able to prevail as well give solution and strategies that could be put in to place to eradicate if not dismantle both and allow for diversification in these institutions of education in both countries.
Validity\Usefulness: the source is valid and of value as a primary source as the writer is a well-known writer who is against racism and white privilege, but the source is of value because is illustrates that firstly white privilege and racism exist outside of South Africa meaning it is a serious global issue and its effects are felt by people of colour throughout the world. It even goes on to explain the systems of exclusion and anti-diversification that are implemented in the aims of preserving white privilege and superiority
Reliability: the source is very reliable in expressing what happens related to racism and white privilege at tertiary level educational institutions, as well as expressing that white people are still at an advantage even in the education sector due to their skin colour.
Limitations: the source is limited it goes on to only account for institutional white privilege benefit. It fails to properly explain the concept of racism or white privilege and fails to give a proper account of the effects of exclusion or having a anti diversification policy on both the white community and the black.
Source H
Origins: Source H is a primary source, published online by writer\medical doctor Ima Emah on the platform Quora, and the purpose of the source is to explain how it’s possible for a minority to be treated better by those they grew up’ with and the majority not knowing why they do such.
Validity\Usefulness: the source is useful as a primary source as it gives a through account of how white privilege came about in South Africa and that it’s something white people are exposed to since birth there for as a result are acclimatized to it and becomes a normal thing to them to be treated better because of their skin color on a day to day basis.
Reliability: the source is reliable in expressing how white people as a minority survive off of white privilege a superficial creation and result of colonization of thinking on race is better than another race, and that it’s something they have grown up with since birth to be treated better than the people of color
Limitations: the source lacks substance and does not fully give an account of the effects that occur due to there being white privilege in places like South Africa both on white bodies and black bodies.
Source I
Origins: Source I is a primary source and was published online on News 24 a well-known media, news outlet in South Africa under a writer by the name Dandelion, under the voice column on the 10th April 2018. The purpose of this article is to explain that as a white individual white privilege does not automatically guarantee a white person a successful life as well as to explain both blacks and whites can experience the feeling of hurt from circumstances.
Validity\Usefulness: the article is valid and useful for the purpose of telling a personal experience of telling us the readers how white people truly feel about the concept of racism and white privilege and them feeling victimized when they are deliberately called out on it.
Reliability: the article is reliable in for the purpose of symbolizing how white people tend to be difficult when called out to do the right thing hence why after all these years of torture and pain and cry for peace and equality it’s still hard for us to over move forward as a rainbow nation into democracy and challenge other social issues when we can’t even take on something as small a white privilege because a minority refuses to cooperate. But the article has a present element of bias which can be seen by the emotive diction chosen and used in the article, such as, we aren’t allowed to think for ourselves
Limitations: this source is limited because the writer revolves the article around himself and what his felt and seen not realizing there is a bigger picture, and that he failed to discuss any sort of aspect of white privileged, or the impact it has on society, as well as the siting of bias the writer is not open to being corrected or called out view on being privileged so in a way still harbors a feeling of ignorance with his white privilege
Source J
Origins: Source I is a primary source and was published online on News 24 a well-known media on the 11th of May 2018, news outlet in South Africa under a publisher by the name Tshidi Madla, under the news column. The purpose of the article is to give a new found hope back to the people to try show them there is hope for change in the near future due to the fact politicians are taking white privilege seriously and aim to eradicate it and all who benefit from it in an attempt to create an equal democratic society.
Validity\Usefulness: the article is valid in showing black people with power(black politicians) are attempting to use their power to try tackle white privilege especially in politics as those who are there due to white privilege are there for personal interests and not the interests of the people they are supposed to serve
Reliability: the source is reliable in showing white privilege has fingers in politics mainly the DA and the Ancon the point where they basically refuse to learn one of South Africa’s indigenous languages.
Limitations: the article is limited as it does not go into full explanation of how the parries plan to do this trough reforms or what, nor do they explain what brought this up but the article does not explain white privilege or its effects on the public or the general only examples of how its affected them negatively nor how it originated or how they plan to.
Source K
Origins: Source I is a primary source and was published online on News 24 a well-known media, news outlet in South Africa under an anonymous writer on the 14th of May 2018, under the guest voice column. The purpose of this source is to show that white privilege and black poverty go hand in hand with one another
Validity\Usefulness: the source is valid and of value as a primary source as it shows the grip white privilege has and its effects on our country’s politics to the point where parties such as the DA (Democratic Alliance), feel the need to challenge it and take over because the current government has failed the people and even its attempts to promote healing such as the TRC(Truth and Reconciliation Commission) also failed,
Reliability: the source is reliable for showing us how far white privilege has come and where it is in our day in our politics now, hence why the DA (Democratic Alliance) feels the need to challenge it as it seems the need to change now more than ever
Limitations: the source is limited as it fails to give the situation of the society because of white privilege, the reader isn’t given a full view of white privilege and its effects on both white and black people on every level, it gives past history of Apartheid and how somehow can be linked to white privilege but fails to give an exact source for it.
Source L
Origins: Source I is a primary source and was published online on News 24 a well-known media, news outlet in South Africa under a journalist by the name S’thembile Cele on the 6th of May 2018, under the News column and was accessed on the 19th of July 2018.
Validity\Usefulness: the source is valid firstly because it is written under the news column, which means the journalist who wrote it has performed research prior to writing the source but it does have an element of bias as seen from the quote of diction such as onslaught and frightened. Furthermore it is of value as the source goes on to expose the heights of white privilege as it shows the grip white privilege has in South African politics, the source shows that white politicians per say are against diversification if it will result in them losing their jobs because of the fact they are white, and are losing it to black people
Reliability: the source is reliable for showing the kind of influence white privilege has on South African politics on a micro scale in parties. As well as how desperate those in power get when their power could be taken away from them. At the same time it acts as a beacon of hope to readers and citizens who feel white privilege needs to be dealt with, that a political party in South Africa recognizes white privilege and it being a problem that needs to be dealt with immediately, in order to bring about equality. i and how far its willing to go to save its self from losing out to black people due to diversification.
Limitations: the source is limited as it does not contextualise the situation of white privilege in South Africa and its effects on different levels of society only in politics and how it affects certain parties.

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