A Difficult Lesson

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Justice has never been color-blind in South Africa. In the days of apartheid, when the country's constitution enshrined discrimination against the African majority, judges were obliged to see the world in black and white. These days, South Africa boasts one of the most liberal constitutions anywhere and officially embraces the ideal of a "nonracial" society. But according to Judge President John Hlophe of the Cape High Court, racism persists, no longer written into the country's laws or ledgers, but incised in the hearts and minds of the judiciary itself. Hlophe complained last year that he and other black judges had experienced...

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