Chinese South Africans are black


Chinese South African writer Darryl Accone, now with Empowerment

Well, not exactly black, but it makes for a good headline. From The BBC:

S Africa Chinese ‘become black’

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.

Unfortunately, white South Africans who have spent their entire adult lives in China, such as your correspondent, will not be reclassified as a result of the new ruling.

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