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This chapter tells the story of the dismantling of apartheid, especially the development and signing of a new constitution described as the birth certificate of the new democracy. It examines the role of race in the country’s future as it seeks to move from the political empowerment of the majority to economic empowerment. The old pigmentocracy has disappeared, but the legacy of a pigmentology remains a constant presence. While the emphasis has been on reconciling whites and blacks, many of the so-called coloreds in the Western Cape are increasingly restless about their own identity and status. The chapter concludes with an examination of the fallacy of color blindness and the potential for the emergence of a new leadership class.

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