South Africa: Hue and Cry

Colored voters get a small voice

Apartheid, South Africa's system of racial separation, is designed to keep blacks and whites far apart in education, employment, public accommodations and even sex, which is outlawed across racial lines. Before the sex barriers were drawn, however, South Africa had developed a mixed-race group or, as South Africans call them, "coloreds." They now number 2.8 million of the country's 31 million people. For the first time, South Africa's dominant minority of 4.7 million whites has taken a step toward giving coloreds a real voice, though small,...

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