The Nation in the Post-apartheid Era: A Black Consciousness Perspective
By Dr Kenneth Tafira
(Dr Kenneth Tafira’s profile)

The celebrated demise of apartheid in 1994 heralded a new historical era where non-racialism would bind the racially fractured nation. A new concept – The ‘Rainbow Nation’ – or ‘rainbowism’ emerged. Ethnic and racial differences would be effaced and a colour-blind future and society was envisaged. These particularisms, however, are far from disappearing. Under the ethos of rainbowism, race and racism recede to the background, become chameleonic and subterranean. As a result there is little attention given to how race continues to shape relationships and identities in the post-apartheid era.

Key Words: Nation, post-apartheid, rainbowism, multiculturalism, pluri-culturalism
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