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Coloureds
Coloureds
(Afrikaans: Kleurlinge) are a multiracial ethnic group native to Southern Africa
Southern Africa
who have ancestry from various populations inhabiting the region, including Khoisan, Bantu speakers, Afrikaners, and sometimes also Austronesians and South Asians. Because of the combination of ethnicities, different families and individuals have a variety of different physical features.[7][8] There were numerous relationships and unions among first, the Europeans and Africans, and later among either of those groups and persons from Asia. In the Western Cape, a distinctive Cape Coloured and affiliated Cape Malay
Cape Malay
culture developed. In other parts of Southern Africa, people classified as Coloured were usually the descendants of individuals from two distinct ethnicities. Genetic studies suggest the group has the highest levels of mixed ancestry in the world.[9][10] Mitochondrial DNA
Mitochondrial DNA
studies have demonstrated that the maternal lines of the Coloured population are descended mostly from African Khoisan
Khoisan
women. This ethnicity shows a gender-biased admixture.[11][12] Male lines have been African, Asian Indian and Southeast Asian. Coloureds
Coloureds
are to be mostly found in the western part of South Africa. In Cape Town, they form 45.4% of the total population, according to the South African National Census of 2011. [13]:56–59 The apartheid-era Population Registration Act, 1950, and subsequent amendments, codified the Coloured identity, and defined its subgroups, with Indian South Africans
Indian South Africans
initially classified as a subgroup of Coloured by the act.[14]

Contents

1 Background

1.1 Genetics

2 Pre-apartheid era 3 Apartheid
Apartheid
era 4 Post-apartheid era

4.1 Intermarriage

5 Southern Africa 6 Cuisine 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Background[edit] The Coloured community is predominantly descended from numerous interracial sexual unions, primarily between Western European men and Khoisan
Khoisan
women in the Cape Colony
Cape Colony
from the 17th century onwards.[11][12] In KwaZulu-Natal, Coloureds
Coloureds
possess a diverse heritage including British, Irish, German, Mauritian, Saint Helenian, Indian, Xhosa and Zulu.[15] Zimbabwean Coloureds
Coloureds
are descended from Shona or Ndebele and British and Afrikaner
Afrikaner
settlers. Griqua, on the other hand, are descendants of Khoisan
Khoisan
women and Afrikaner
Afrikaner
Trekboers. Despite these major differences, their ancestry from more than one naturalised racial group means that they are coloured in the South African context. Such mixed-race people did not necessarily self-identify this way; some preferred to call themselves black or Khoisan
Khoisan
or just South African. The Griqua were subjected to an ambiguity of other creole people within Southern African social order. According to Nurse and Jenkins (1975), the leader of this “mixed” group, Adam Kok I, was a former slave of the Dutch governor who was manumitted and provided land outside Cape Town
Cape Town
in the eighteenth century (Nurse 1975:71). With territories beyond the Dutch East India Company’s administration, Kok provided refuge to deserting soldiers, runaway slaves, and remaining members of various Khoikhoi
Khoikhoi
tribes.[15] In South Africa
South Africa
and neighbouring countries, the white minority governments historically segregated Africans from Europeans after settlement had progressed. They classified all such mixed race people together in one class, despite their numerous ethnic and national differences in ancestry. The imperial and apartheid governments categorized them as Coloureds. In addition, other more homogeneous ethnic groups also traditionally viewed the mixed-race populations as a separate group. During the apartheid era in South Africa
South Africa
of the second half of the 20th century, the government used the term Coloured to describe one of the four main racial groups it defined by law in an effort to impose white supremacy and maintain racial divisions. Individuals were classified as white South Africans (formally classified as "European"), black South Africans (formally classified as "Native", "Bantu", or simply "African", and comprising the majority of the population), Coloureds
Coloureds
(mixed-race), and Indians (formally classified as "Asian"). Coloured people may have ethnic ancestry from Indonesia, mixed-race, and Khoisan
Khoisan
ancestry. The Apartheid
Apartheid
government treated them as one people, despite their differences. 'Cape Muslims' were also classified as 'coloured.' They generally have Indonesian and black ancestry, as many Indonesian slaves had children with African partners. Many Griqua began to self-identify as Coloureds
Coloureds
during the apartheid era, because of the benefits of such classification. For example, Coloureds
Coloureds
did not have to carry a dompas (an identity document designed to limit the movements of the non-white populace), while the Griqua, who were seen as an indigenous African group, did. In the 21st century, Coloured people constitute a plurality of the population in the provinces of Western Cape
Western Cape
(48.8%), and a large minority in the Northern Cape
Northern Cape
(40.3%), both areas of centuries of mixing between the populations. In the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape
they make up 8.3% of the population. Most speak Afrikaans, as they were descendants of Dutch and Afrikaner
Afrikaner
men and grew up in their society. About twenty percent of Coloureds
Coloureds
speak English as their mother tongue, mostly those of the Eastern Cape
Eastern Cape
and KwaZulu-Natal. Virtually all Cape Town Coloureds
Coloureds
are bilingual.[16][17] Some can comfortably codeswitch between Kaapse taal (a creolized dialect of Afrikaans
Afrikaans
spoken mostly in the Cape Flats) and suiwer Afrikaans
Afrikaans
(formal Afrikaans
Afrikaans
as used in schools and media), and South African English. Genetics[edit] At least one genetic study indicates that Cape Coloureds
Cape Coloureds
have ancestries from the following ethnic groups; not all Coloureds
Coloureds
in South Africa
South Africa
had the same ancestry.[18]

Indigenous Khoisan: (32–43%) Bantu peoples, chiefly from Southern Africa: (20–36%) Peoples from Western Europe, chiefly the Low Countries: (21–28%) Peoples from South and Southeast Asia: (9–11%)

The Malagasy component in the Coloured composite gene pool is itself a blend of [[Malay race]Malaysians] and Bantu genetic markers. This genetic admixture appears to be gender-biased. A majority of maternal genetic material is Khoisan. The Coloured population is descended predominantly from unions of European and European-African males with autochthonous Khoisan
Khoisan
females.[11][12] Pre-apartheid era[edit] Coloured people played an important role in the struggle against apartheid and its predecessor policies. The African Political Organisation, established in 1902, had an exclusively Coloured membership; its leader Abdullah Abdurahman rallied Coloured political efforts for many years.[19] Many Coloured people later joined the African National Congress
African National Congress
and the United Democratic Front. Whether in these organisations or others, many Coloured people were active in the fight against apartheid. The political rights of Coloured people varied by location and over time. In the 19th century they theoretically had similar rights to Whites in the Cape Colony
Cape Colony
(though income and property qualifications affected them disproportionately.) In the Transvaal Republic
Transvaal Republic
or the Orange Free State, they had few rights. Coloured members were elected to Cape Town's municipal authority (including, for many years, Abdurahman). The establishment of the Union of South Africa
South Africa
gave Coloured people the franchise, although by 1930 they were restricted to electing White representatives. They conducted frequent voting boycotts in protest. Such boycotts may have contributed to the victory of the National Party in 1948. They carried out an apartheid programme that stripped Coloured people of their remaining voting powers. Coloured people were subject to forced relocation. For instance, the government relocated Coloured from the urban Cape Town
Cape Town
areas of District Six, which was later bulldozed. Other areas they were forced to leave included Constantia, Claremont, Simon's Town. Inhabitants were moved to racially designated sections of the metropolitan area on the Cape Flats. Additionally, under apartheid, Coloured people received educations inferior to that of Whites. It was, however, better than that provided to Black South Africans. Apartheid
Apartheid
era[edit]

Explanation of South African identity numbers in an identity document during apartheid in terms of official White, Coloured and Indian population subgroups

J. G. Strijdom, known as the Lion of the North, worked to restrict Coloured rights. He removed their ability to exercise their franchise. Strijdom's government expanded the number of Senate seats from 48 to 89. All of the additional 41 members hailed from the National Party. It increased its representation in the Senate to 77 in total. The Appellate Division Quorum Bill increased the number of judges necessary for constitutional decisions in the Appeal Court from five to eleven. Strijdom, knowing that he had his two-thirds majority, held a joint sitting of parliament in May 1956. The entrenchment clause regarding the Coloured vote, known as the South African Act, was amended. Coloureds
Coloureds
were placed on a separate voters' roll. They could elect four whites to represent them in the House of Assembly. Two whites would be elected to the Cape Provincial Council, and the governor general could appoint one senator. Both blacks and whites opposed this measure. The Torch Commando was very prominent, while the Black Sash (white women, uniformly dressed, standing on street corners with placards) also made themselves heard. Many Coloureds
Coloureds
refused to register for the new voters' roll. The number of Coloured voters dropped dramatically. In the next election, only 50.2% of them voted. They had no interest in voting for white representatives—an activity which many of them saw as pointless. Under the Population Registration Act, as amended, Coloureds
Coloureds
were formally classified into various subgroups, including Cape Coloureds, Cape Malays
Cape Malays
and "other coloured". A portion of the small Chinese South African community was also classified as a coloured subgroup.[2][3] In 1958, the government established the Department of Coloured Affairs, followed in 1959 by the Union for Coloured Affairs. The latter had 27 members and served as an advisory link between the government and the Coloured people. The 1964 Coloured Persons Representative Council turned out to be a constitutional hitch[clarification needed] which never really got going. In 1969, the Coloureds
Coloureds
elected forty onto the council to supplement the twenty nominated by the government, taking the total number to sixty. Following the 1983 referendum, in which 66.3% of white voters supported the change, the Constitution was reformed to allow the Coloured and Asian minorities limited participation in separate and subordinate Houses in a tricameral Parliament. This was part of a change in which the Coloured minority was to be allowed limited rights, but the Black majority were to become citizens of independent homelands. These separate arrangements were removed by the negotiations which took place from 1990 to provide all South Africans with the vote. Post-apartheid era[edit] During the 1994 all-race elections, some Coloured people voted for the white National Party. The National Party recast itself as the New National Party, partly to attract non-White voters. This political alliance, often perplexing to outsiders, has sometimes been explained in terms of the culture and language shared by White and Coloured New National Party members, who both spoke Afrikaans. In addition, both groups opposed affirmative action programmes that might give preference to non-Coloured Black people, and some Coloured people feared giving up older privileges, such as access to municipal jobs, if African National Congress
African National Congress
gained leadership in the government. Since the late 20th century, Coloured identity politics have grown in influence. The Western Cape
Western Cape
has been a site of the rise of opposition parties, such as the Democratic Alliance (DA). The Western Cape
Western Cape
is considered as an area in which this party might gain ground against the dominant African National Congress. The Democratic Alliance drew in some former New National Party voters and won considerable Coloured support. The New National Party collapsed in the 2004 elections. Coloured support aided the Democratic Alliance's victory in the 2006 Cape Town
Cape Town
municipal elections. Patricia de Lille, current mayor of Cape Town
Cape Town
and founder of the now-defunct Independent Democrats, does not use the label Coloured but many observers would consider her as Coloured by visible appearance. The Independent Democrats
Independent Democrats
party sought the Coloured vote and gained significant ground in the municipal and local elections in 2006, particularly in districts in the Western Cape
Western Cape
with high proportions of Coloured residents. The firebrand Peter Marais (formerly a provincial leader of the New National Party) has sought to portray his New Labour Party as the political voice for Coloured people. Coloured people supported and were members of the African National Congress before, during and after the apartheid era: notable politicians include Ebrahim Rasool
Ebrahim Rasool
(previously Western Cape
Western Cape
premier), Dipuo Peters, Beatrice Marshoff, Manne Dipico, John Schuurman and Allan Hendrickse. The Democratic Alliance won control over the Western Cape during the 2009 National and Provincial Elections and has since brokered an alliance with the Independent Democrats. The Congress has had some success in winning Coloured votes, particularly among labour-affiliated and middle-class Coloured voters. Some Coloureds
Coloureds
express distrust of the ANC with the comment, saying that the Coloured were considered "not white enough under apartheid, and not black enough under the ANC."[20] In the 2004 election, voter apathy was high in historically Coloured areas.[21] Intermarriage[edit] According to the Christian Science Monitor, around 4 in 100 South African marriages occur between members of South Africa's major ethnoracial groups, with trepidation toward interracial marriage polling far lower among black South Africans than among white South Africans.[22] It is not known how many descendants of post-apartheid interracial relationships identify as Coloured or with the Coloured minority group. Southern Africa[edit]

Racial-demographic map of South Africa
South Africa
published by the CIA in 1979, with data from the 1970 South African census.

The term Coloured is also used in Namibia, to describe persons of mixed race, specifically part Khoisan, and part European. The Basters of Namibia
Namibia
constitute a separate ethnic group that are sometimes considered a sub-group of the Coloured population of that country. Under South African rule, the policies and laws of apartheid were extended to what was then called South West Africa. In Namibia, Coloureds
Coloureds
were treated by the government in a way comparable to that of South African Coloureds. In Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
and to a lesser extent Zambia, the term Coloured or Goffal was used to refer to people of mixed race. Most are descended from mixed African and British, or African and Indian, progenitors. Some Coloured families descended from Cape Coloured migrants from South Africa who had children with local women. Under Rhodesia's predominantly white government, Coloureds
Coloureds
had more privileges than black Africans, including full voting rights, but still faced social discrimination. The term Coloured is also used in Swaziland. Cuisine[edit] See also: South African cuisine Numerous South African cuisines can be traced back to Coloured people. It is said that bobotie, snoek based dishes, koeksisters, bredies, Malay roti are staple diets of Coloureds
Coloureds
and other South Africans as well.[23] Most dishes are passed down for many generations. See also[edit]

South Africa
South Africa
portal

Anglo-Indian Anglo-Burmese Basters Burghers Colored Coloured People in Namibia Culture of South Africa Goffal Griqua Sandra Laing Melungeon Mestizo
Mestizo
(Mestiço) Miscegenation Negro One-drop rule Pardo Passing (racial identity) Pencil test Person of color

References[edit]

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