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Unformatted text preview: AFR 374 South Africa: Diversity and Unity Many changes have occurred in South Africa since the beginning of colonization. Ethnicity percentages changed and new languages were introduced. Knowing the difference between tribalism and ethnicity helps us understand South African history and how people feel about those labels. HIV and AIDS rates in South Africa are highest in the world. The press shows how civilians act proactively hoping to defeat the large nationwide epidemic. Ethnic Diversity and Language Many historians discuss the ethnic diversion in South Africa by introducing the first colonists. Robert Ross, author of A Concise History on South Africa, says the Dutch established a colony in order to help Europeans obtain commodities since the Khoikhoi were unwilling to provide food 1 . This example presents the beginning of change in ethnicity percentages. An online article claims Blacks make up 75% of South Africas population, Whites make up 13%, Indians 3%, and the Coloreds, mixed of White, Black, and Khoi descent, make up 9% 2 . Much of this diversity occurred once Whites settled in South Africa. During Apartheid, Whites created social structures which were grouped by language and diversity. According to Professor Veil Erlmann, ethnomusicologist at the University of Texas at Austin, there are over twenty-one different languages spoken, the...
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- Spring '07