S Africa Chinese ‘become black’

S Africa Chinese ‘become black’

Chinese activists say they also fought against apartheid

From The BBC International News

The High Court in South Africa has ruled that Chinese South Africans are to be reclassified as black people.

It made the order so that ethnic Chinese can benefit from government policies aimed at ending white domination in the private sector. The Chinese Association of South Africa took the government to court, saying its members had been discriminated against. An estimated 200,000 ethnic Chinese live in South Africa.


The association said their members often failed to qualify for business contracts and job promotions because they were regarded as whites. The association said Chinese South Africans had faced widespread discrimination during the years of apartheid when they had been classified as people of mixed race.


The BBC’s Mpho Lakaje in Johannesburg says the Broad-Based Economic Empowerment and the Employment Equity Acts were designed to eradicate the legacy of apartheid which left many black people impoverished. The laws give people classed as blacks, Indians and coloureds (mixed-race) employment and other economic benefits over other racial groups.


The Black Economic Employment concept was initiated by the governing ANC to help previously disadvantaged individuals – to start their own businesses or become part of existing companies – thus redressing the country’s historic inequalities. Whites still on top Our correspondent says the ruling provides clarity for corporations in South Africa on the rights of their Chinese staff – who were declared "coloured" under apartheid but are generally regarded as white today. An example cited in court papers includes an oil company that disqualified Chinese citizens from getting a slice of its biggest empowerment transaction to date.


The company says the group is not catered for in the Black Economic Empowerment codes. Another example includes a Chinese national who was refused an opportunity to buy shares from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago. None of the three government departments cited as respondents in the court case opposed the application.


A study released last month revealed that white South Africans still earn around 450% more than their black counterparts, 14 years after the end of apartheid. From BBC International news


S Africa Chinese ‘become become’

  1. Keita Fennick

    The Asians are about getting over. They don’t care about nobody but themselves. They want to be white when it’s convenient for them but now they want to be down with the brown.

    You can’t trust people like that, simply because they can turn on you when you’re no longer useful.

  2. Chance

    I guess they have learned the game of how to get ahead.There are many tricks of that trade, and you got to do what you got to do.

  3. Yeah Right

    @ Keita…

    You are right and the same goes for latino’s. People who can play both sides of the fence cannot be trusted. This is why black people need to start waking up and learning how to play the game. Stop being so eager to help others because in the end nobody is their to help us or even wants to for that matter.

  4. Keita Fennick

    To Yeah Right, I could not have said it better. You see, I still look at the mulatto people on this board as black to me. I don’t look at you as mixed, that’s just me. So what one of your parents is white.

    But yea, black Americans need to stop wanting to help these groups like Latinos and Asians. They have proved time and time again that they have no love for black people. They despise blacks, some Africans are like that too. So to hell with them. They are ungreatful for the sacrifices we made during the sixties.

    So Latinos and Asians can’t come looking to black people when they feel the racist heat of whites, and it’s coming down. I hear whites everyday on talk radio, speaking out on immigration. When whites say immigration, forget illegal immigration, they are talking about people of color. Now, all of a sudden, I see Asians and Latinos trying to be friends with me.

    They all voted for Hillary and not Obama, which goes to show what they think about the black struggle. They want to say that it was good under the Clintons but Blacks are the ones who made it possible for them to come here and have it good in the first place.

  5. cheechee

    All other races are smart enought to play to get ahead EXCEPT BLACK PEOPLE. and thats because BLACK PEOPLE ENVY ONE ANOTHER TOO MUCH TO STAND TOGETHER TO GET AHEAD. so there’s no need to complain when it comes to that and i think we all know that to be the truth. hell yeah,ya get used . funny how blacks are eager to help other ethnic groups but don’t and will not help thier own???? SAD.

  6. Joseph


    “So what one of your parents is white.”

    Then equally, SO WHAT black! Clearly you like to drown things out, ignore the obvious, but a Mulatto is a Mulatto and we are not white people nor black people. 🙂

  7. Joseph


    I was all for Hillary and maybe you did not hear but Mulattoes did enslave blacks and I’m not really trusting of Obama even though he is a fellow Mulatto.

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