So, who's Coloured?

Janine Fortuin
Featured Story
This documentary explores the complex race dynamics of the Coloured community of Cape Town. It is the personal experience of a young Coloured woman with questions about her race and the socio-political context in which it exists.

GroundUp TV can be seen on CTV Wednesdays at 19h45, 1KZN TV Wednesdays at 19h15, and Bay TV on Tuesdays at 18h15.


Submitted by Keith on

hope you keep posting some clips of GroundUp TV on your web page as I am out of country and unable to view locally. Nicely done and enjoy your approach to stories.

Submitted by David Robert Lewis on

I am a Coloured Assimilationist according to criteria enumerated by A Abdurahman and C Ziervogel (1938). In 1988 I broke the cultural stigma and taboo regarding fraternization with people of colour. I also worked for several Coloured Newspapers, namely South Press and Grassroots and suffered persecution because of my support for the anti-apartheid movement. I do not consider myself to be "historically disenfranchised" but share history with those who fought against such oppression. in 2010 I was cross-questioned on my racial identity in a hostile inquistion which put faith on trial and went into detail about my skin colour, my hair style and association with various people of colour. I was forced to consider my race identity under these circumstances and declared before the judge that "I am a Coloured." The court proceeded to engage in apartheid-era race classification supported by the pseudo-science of eugenics and found that i was "an absurdity". The attack against my authenticity as a Coloured and a Jew makes for interesting reading and is sure to go down in the literature of racism under the ANC government. For the record, I do have a colour. I am therefore a Coloured. Also, I am considered a Khoisan by IRASA and also King Cornelius.

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