Dominant minority and global Apartheid 1


I read an article recently which I found to be stimulating and of interest and felt a need to look a little further. I hope you find my contribution to be of interest.
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Dominant_minority

What I found was that “a dominant minority, also known as alien elites if recent immigrants, is a group that has overwhelming political power, economic power or cultural dominance in a country or region. This is despite the fact they represent a small fraction of the overall population.

The term apparently is most commonly used to refer to ethnic groups, defined along racial, national, religious or cultural lines. The particular group would hold a disproportionate amount of power.

White minority rule describes a situation where whites, comprising the minority of inhabitants in a given region or territory, lead countries where non-white populations are the majority of inhabitants. White minority rule was associated with legal segregation (apartheid) in South Africa but not in Rhodesia or the Portuguese colonial territories. In these countries, the franchise was extended to non-whites on a qualified basis.

The term was principally though not entirely used in Southern Africa, especially in the Republic of South Africa before and during the policy of Apartheid and also in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) during the rule of the Rhodesian Front. Many in the local non-white populations tended to favour Majority Rule, a term which the white minority tended to describe as Black Majority Rule.

White minority rule ended in these countries through a combination of violent attacks by non-white groups; peaceful protests by non-whites; widespread international moral, political and financial pressure, including from majority-white countries; and changing attitudes within the white minorities themselves.

Some scholars argue that white minority rule exists within the international system and term this phenomenon as Global Apartheid.

On – www.thenation.com/doc/20010709/booker I found the following extract from an article – Global Apartheid by Salih Booker & William Minter

“Global apartheid, stated briefly, is an international system of minority rule whose attributes include: differential access to basic human rights; wealth and power structured by race and place; structural racism, embedded in global economic processes, political institutions and cultural assumptions; and the international practice of double standards that assume inferior rights to be appropriate for certain “others,” defined by location, origin, race or gender.

Global apartheid thus defined, we believe, is more than a metaphor. The concept captures fundamental characteristics of the current world order missed by such labels as “neoliberalism,” “globalization” or even “corporate globalization.” Most important, it clearly defines what is fundamentally unacceptable about the current system, strips it of the aura of inevitability and puts global justice and democracy on the agenda as the requirements for its transformation.”

Makes one think????????

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  • sylvia hammond

    Thanks Des, very interesting.  You mention Rhodesia – it seems to me it’s not just the vote, it’s also who controls or is dominant in the economy and land ownership, and also who promotes their knowledge, their ideas, and their forms of education.  For example the superiority that has existed in what the UK and the USA promote.  There are so many examples, I had an interesting discussion just a day ago about how academics are rated by their international publications, rather than their publication in African journals. Also the use of UK and USA research that may – or more likely – may not apply to Africa. The latest example of the effect of taking international research is the issue is cross-ethnic adoption, based on overseas research.  I’m also considering whether a western education is an impediment to finding solutions to African problems.  Good for thinking about over the weekend.