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IRR survey reveals more white people have experienced racism than black people

The Institute for Race Relations (IRR) recently conducted an opinion poll which created outrage on social media when they suggested that white people experience more racism than black people since 1994.

An article which was published by Times Live stated that they found 54% of white people had experienced racism while only 36% of black people stated they had.

The IRR’s head of campaigns Marius Roodt told the publication that the figure is not a reliable indicator as not everyone is on the social platform and what happens on social media is not necessarily what happens in reality.

Roodt said he had however personally experienced racism while doing gardening.  A black man who was passing by made the comment that it was his turn to work in the garden.

He didn’t understand why the man was rude to him because of his race, but not everyone will identify with that scenario.

The public dispute the legitimacy of the survey as previous IRR polls have been found to lack supporting evidence.

The survey also posed the question as to what the best way was to improve lives of South African’s, the following results were received:

Total population

  • More jobs and better education – 59%
  • Better service delivery – 24%
  • More BEE and affirmative action – 8%
  • More land reform – 8%

Blacks

  • More jobs and better education – 57%
  • Better service delivery – 24%
  • More BEE and affirmative action – 9%
  • More land reform – 9%

Coloureds

  • More jobs and better education – 65%
  • Better service delivery – 31%
  • More BEE and affirmative action – 0%
  • More land reform – 5%

Whites

  • More jobs and better education – 72%
  • Better service delivery – 24%
  • More BEE and affirmative action – 0%
  • More land reform – 2%

Indians

  • More jobs and better education – 62%
  • Better service delivery – 25%
  • More BEE and affirmative action – 12%
  • More land reform – 0%

Another question in the poll was if today’s South Africa was a country for black Africans and white people must accept second place, to which 23% of white people and 62% of black people are said to have agreed.