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    Address the following in relationship to the selected country, South Africa:

    Marger, M. (2012). Race and ethnic relations: American and global perspectives (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning:
    1. Evaluate the cultures and behaviors of the country with respect to ethnic background and conflicts. Distinguish the racial and ethnic struggles using the criteria below.
    Ethnic Inequality/Dimensions
    Ethnic Stratification: Majority and Minority
    Tools of Dominance: Prejudice and Discrimination
    Patterns of Ethnic Relations: Assimilation and Pluralism
    Building a New Society: Stability and Change
    Note points of Similarity and Differences with the United States
    2. Calculate how the country is assisting, or suppressing the racial and ethnic relations within their boundaries and the obstacles for successful assimilation as well as patterns of adaptation.
    3. Compare and contrast the issues of the selected country for evaluation to those in the United States as they relate to U.S. racial and ethnic relations.
    Textbook, Marger, M. (2012). Race and ethnic relations: American and global perspectives , and Scholar six resources

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    Ethnic inequality is still a major problem in South Africa, mostly due to the results of years of being ruled by the apartheid system. It is nearly impossible to undo the effects of such a long-standing and detrimental system, in the relatively short period of time since the election of the ANC in 1994. The struggle for equality goes on in much of South Africa, even though there have been laws enacted to attempt to even the playing field among ethnic groups as much as possible. Discrimination and poverty are among the major issues that South Africa still struggles with, and rampant discrimination helps to maintain high levels of ethnic inequalities, especially between black and white South Africans. In addition, this discrimination also leads to high levels of poverty among black South Africans. Although there is a relatively new Constitution in South Africa, ethnic inequality still exists in many forms and dimensions, due to the failure of the nation to adequately implement the new laws that were enacted to bring equality to all of the different ethnic groups.

    During the apartheid system ethnic stratification was at its zenith, which created a situation where there was a tremendous gap between the white minority and the black majority. The gap between these two groups crossed over many important areas of social existence, and the economic gap was one of the most extreme. The conditions that ...