Cass:cassowary wrote: ↑Thu Aug 12, 2021 6:06 pm
Haha. There is racism everywhere. As I tried to explain, its the flip side of family love. Thus it is in our DNA. The relative success of the Indians in South Africa indicates that there is more at work than just Apartheid to explain the poverty of the Bantus in South Africa.
This article describes South Africa's progress before and after Apartheid ended.
This is an interesting chart taken from linked article:
As you can see, without apartheid, the two groups that saw the highest rise in income are the Whites and Asians. The Blacks and Coloreds also showed improvement in income, especially in the first five years after Apartheid ended but slow improvement after that. The jump in income in the first five years following the end of Apartheid can be attributed to ending restrictions that hampered the business and job opportunities that non whites suffered under Apartheid.
But after five years, its an equal contest. Yet the income gap between whites, Asians on the one hand and blacks and coloreds on the other widened. So I think something else is at work. Its not racism that hinders black under achievement. I see that same pattern in Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia, the Malay majority has slower economic progress than the minority Chinese. So it cannot be attributed to racism or discrimination because the Malays hold the political power. Yet I come across Africans blaming the White man for sins long past.
Re your chart: for some unknown reason it inspired me to compose verse:
1.) when you are white you will do all right.
2.) if you are Asian then nothing will faze 'em.
3.) when you are mixed race you are only just in the race.
4.) if you are black you remain at the back.