Thursday, June 19, 2008

I can't wait to tell all my Chinese friends that they're black.

In South Africa, at least.
A high court in South Africa ruled on Wednesday that Chinese-South Africans will be reclassified as "black," a term that includes black Africans, Indians and others who were subject to discrimination under apartheid. As a result of this ruling, ethnically Chinese citizens will be able to benefit from government affirmative action policies aimed at undoing the effects of apartheid.

In 2006, the Chinese Association of South Africa sued the government, claiming that its members were being discriminated against because they were being treated as whites and thus failed to qualify for business contracts and job promotions reserved for victims of apartheid. The association successfully argued that, since Chinese-South Africans had been treated unequally under apartheid, they should be reclassified in order to redress wrongs of the past.

I heard about this and had to Google it to find the article. Which was disturbing, because American Renaissance and Color of Crime are some of the top results. The latter takes this occurrence as proof that whites are being discriminated against. But of course, he also thinks that inserting extra letters into "racist" will fool everyone.

The article also mentions that this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened in South Africa--which the long-time reader of this blog would already know, eh?

1 comment:

Metro said...

Well, actually, it's progress, sort of.

They were discriminated against under the apartheid system, and then again when they weren't included in the Turth and Reconciliation policies.