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Asked • 06/05/19

Is "non-white" politically incorrect in South Africa?

My sociology tutor claims that the word "non-white" is associated with apartheid values, and has requested us not to use it in essays. Do you agree with this? Some of the authors of the articles that I have been reading (e.g. Jeremy Seekings from the sociology department at the University of Cape Town) freely use this word, without inverted commas. If you agree with my tutor, with what do you propose to replace the word? My tutor suggests replacing it with the phrase 'people of colour'. In my last essay, one of my sentences reads: "Apartheid has also resulted in certain locations, those which were historically a non-white area, providing poor opportunities when compared to other locations." Should I change that to: "those which were historically an area of colour"? Would people understand what exactly is "an area of colour"?

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