MICHAEL MORRIS: SA lexicon reflects ANC’s perpetuation of racial nationalist ideology
Contrary to politicians’ polarising pronouncements, citizens agree all groups should have full opportunities, Institute of Race Relations report shows
Out of habit, perhaps, when we talk about SA society as a whole we often resort to additional nouns to make ourselves clear.
We’ll talk of “suburb” and “township”, say, or “black” and “white”, to be sure of conveying a fuller picture, or avoiding the risk of excluding anyone. Few will talk of “South Africans” and be confident of being understood to mean everybody who lives here.