A recent article in the University of Cape Town official student newspaper has sparked outrage for including a pie chart titled ‘UCT votes on most attractive race’.
The Varsity News is recieving numerous complaints and heavy critisism on social media sites for the following chart.
I havn’t see the actual article related to the image, but given the partial text above it i’m assuming it’s the following one titled Is love colour-blind? by Qamran Tabo.
Here are a few excerpts.
“It is 2013, the year the born-frees finally hit varsity after South Africa’s first democratic elections almost 20 years ago. Many older people expect we 90s babies to be more open-minded about race, in particular interracial dating, than our parents are. But a recent small on-campus survey revealed students’ preferences for the peachier things in life.”
“Quite unsurprisingly, Caucasians were chosen as the most attractive by most non-whites. White respondents also expressed the highest percentage of intra-racial attraction, meaning that they considered their own race as one of the most attractive. African and Indian respondents are the only groups that found members of their own racial groups unattractive. They, and East Asians, were also ranked the lowest by other races.”
“Dating a white person is perceived as being the ultimate status symbol for many people of colour. I have heard many male students of colour stating that nothing says “I have arrived” quite like having an Aryan nymph on your arm. “
You can read the full article HERE.
[pic via @JoziGoddess ]
UPDATE: the Varsity newspaper has issued an apology to those offended by the article.
“Editor Alexandra Nagel apologised to those the article had offended, saying the intention had been to engage readers about a relevant topic and the subsequent negative reactions had never been expected. This after students, lecturers and others slammed it as racist and insensitive. ” [Cape Times]