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Emmanuel Mashandudze

Business Intelligence, Tools and Process Specialist, Witwatersrand University

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The idea of classifying people according to race, Is it really necessary? Will racial transparency ever exist?

We have been through the battles of feminism, and enough has been said to make them the figures they are in society today. Equality is a challenge but this battle has shown some illumination into the probabilities. Can we have such transformations to the races. The world seems to never accept the differences. Universities, churches, government bodies most importantly the job market and so on, always want to find out how many black, white, coloured, asian etc people there are. But why? What does it change, Knowing the race benefits us with what? Is it not just going to create more differences than a balance? What do you all think?


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    Dec 4 2011: It's ok to know how many purple guys there are, how many green, how many 30, how many married... etc. for the sake of knowing statistical information.
    It's not ok to believe that a human being is less amazing than another one based on x/y/z irrelevant factors.
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      Dec 5 2011: For statistical purposes, I totally agree. It makes sense to know that you have so much people like this etc, but when you are applying for a job what is the relevancy because my skills are not determined but skin colour.
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        Dec 5 2011: An employer should be looking for skillful people, no matter their color. If an employer refuses to hire a skillful person because of his/her skin color, then it's the employer's loss.

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