Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Campus That Apartheid Ruled Faces a Policy Rift

The New York Times
Published: November 22, 2010

CAPE TOWN — The University of Cape Town was once a citadel of white privilege on the majestic slopes of Devil’s Peak. At the height of apartheid, it admitted few black or mixed-race students, and they were barred from campus dormitories, even forbidden to attend medical school postmortems on white corpses.

South Africa’s finest university is now resplendently multiracial. But it is also engaged in a searching debate about just how far affirmative action should go to heal the wounds of an oppressive history, echoing similar conflicts in the United States, where half a dozen states have banned the use of racial preferences in admissions to public universities.

Full Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/world/africa/23safrica.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all

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