“Systemic racism” is a term that is regularly invoked in the current political and economic climate. Hailing from the USA (and their preoccupation with police violence), this concept has been adopted into South African discourse as a way of drawing attention to specific societal ills.

The question to be answered is whether this term accurately designates an identifiable phenomenon that serves to explain the economic and political reality South Africans currently contend with. To answer this question, Dr. Harley sought out the expertise of Phumlani Majozi – a macroeconomic analyst who is a Senior Fellow at African Liberty.

Systemic racism supposedly refers to certain institutional features that continue to harm previously disadvantaged groups. Laws, regulations, economic systems, governmental policies:

According to the mainstream media, these are the new sites of oppression.

What Mr. Majozi and Dr. Harley set out to determine was whether there is any evidence that these institutional systems – both public and private – have racist features.

Their conversation reveals that the term is not grounded conclusively in evidence but is being used by the media and politicians to distract citizens from the genuine causes of our societal challenges.

Politicians, and the media outlets that are in their pockets, use the concept to convince citizens that the poverty and inequality they experience is due to racism, rather than corruption and incompetence.

By pushing the “racism” narrative with terms such as “systemic racism”, politicians are fanning the flames of inter-racial conflict with no concern for the consequences.

Watch Video: Systemic Racism in South Africa:

Find out what Mr. Majozi has to say about what is really going on in South Africa.

Source: Joe Emilio – Let’s Get Real

Phumlani Majozi is a business and macroeconomics analyst, writer and commentator on economic, political and global issues. His writings have been published in the City Press, BizNews, African Liberty and Politicsweb.

He’s also a contributor on News24, South Africa’s leading news website.

In June 2018, he became a Senior Fellow at African Liberty. His appointment involves research and writing on African politics and economics. He sits on the boards of three organizations: Free Market Foundation, South African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA) and Organization Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA). He’s also a member of the Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations.

In 2016 and 2017, he was selected by Avance Media as 1 of 100 Most Influential Young South Africans, under the Social Enterprise and Philanthropy category, and Law and Governance category.

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