'Most attractive race' UCT poll causes stir

Cape Town - The University of Cape Town (UCT) student newspaper, Varsity News, has received a vitriolic response on Twitter after it recently published a chart polling the most attractive race at the university.

The pie chart, titled “UCT votes on most attractive race”, lists the races as Caucasian, Indian, Coloured, African, Asian, and Mixed.

According to the chart, the majority of students (38%) thought that Caucasians were the most attractive race, while the least amount of students (8%) thought that Africans were the most attractive race. Other races garnered between 10-20% each.

Some Twitter users, including human rights activist Zackie Achmat, voiced their disapproval. @ZackieAchmat referred to the chart as “racist nonsense”. Another user, @ednake89 tweeted “this is the kind of bullshit UCT’s Varsity newspaper publishes”.

The chart was published alongside an article on interracial dating by UCT student, Qamran Tabo, who interviewed sixty people; ten from each racial group.



(picture: @ednake89, Twitter)

According to Varsity News editor-in-chief, Alexandra Nagel, the article was a commentary on how race affects social structure in the post-apartheid era.

Nagel defended the decision to publish the article. "It was an opinion piece and was taken out of context, Varsity News is a space for people to discuss issues and society," she told News24.

"Many students at the university have received the article negatively and feel attacked and offended," she said.

A statement was later issued in which the newspaper apologised to those offended by the article.

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