Monday, 17 November 2014

White Slums in South Africa

This is slightly more sobering than the last post. Ouch.  The World is such a contradiction and sometimes a miserable place but the human spirit will endure. South Africa is a very complex enigma and needs time to heal, to find the common ground for compassion. The question should be if 50% of South Africa is still in white hands who are they? I would say that the situation is made worse by the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street. Development is too slow to come into the transition of change in this country as the Power is unable to relinquish their assets so easily. What is sad to see is that the impoverish African is made to suffer still, black, white or coloured.

British-Ghanaian TV presenter Reggie Yates recently visited South Africa to find out how post-apartheid South Africa has affected some of the country’s white and black citizens.

In the video documentary, Yates meets with members of South Africa’s upwardly mobile black middle class and also talks to some of the country’s white citizens who have been disadvantaged by the demise of apartheid. Some of the white citizens decry the lack opportunity as “reverse racism” and some even go to the extent of claiming that things were better for black people too during apartheid.
The video does not accurately represent the general state of things in the country and acknowledges that the country is still unequal (more than half of the country’s land is owned by the white minority for example) but it’s interesting enough to hear a non-South African’s viewpoints on the subject.

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