Survey: Black South Africans still earn far less than whites.

Black South Africans earned far less than their white counterparts in 2015, according to data published by Statistics South Africa on Friday.

According to the Statistics South Africa’s Living Conditions Survey, annual household income for blacks stood at an average of 92,893 rand (about 7,000 dollars) compared with 444,446 for whites.

The survey conducted once every five years, also showed that the national average income was 138,168 rand.

Total household income in South Africa was 2.3 trillion rand (172 billion dollars).

Black Africans account for more than 80 per cent of the 55 million population and whites a little over eight per cent.

Statistician General Pali Lehohla said policymakers should take note of the numbers as they showed “what we are up against”.

“We see inequality between population groups but also within population groups,” he said.

Africa’s most industrialized country has struggled to reduce poverty and inequality since the end of white minority rule in 1994.

The economy grew strongly in the first years after apartheid, but growth has tapered off in the past five years to below 3 percent.

This has pushed the country to the brink of credit downgrades that would cause borrowing costs to spiral. Unemployment is at 27 per cent, the highest since 2003.

Protests over the cost of university education and services such as water, roads and electricity have increased, as well as crime.


Source: Reuters

Anti-Beyoncé Rally Flops In New York City As Only 3 People Show Up

When Beyonce appeared in the SuperBowl half time event, flanked by all-black squadron of leather clad dancers wearing berets, she immediately stole the show with a routine peppered with black power references.
Then came the backlash from viewers annoyed that nods to Malcolm X and the Black Lives Matter
movement had turning the sporting interval into a political platform.

But on Tuesday, only a handful of protesters turned up for anti-Beyonce rally outside American Football’s New York headquarters.

They were outnumbered by the singers’ supporters and campaigners with Black Lives Matter banners.
Ariel Kohane said he attended the protest because Beyonce’s new song, Formation, was a call to violence against the police.

“Some of us are surprised that there are only a couple of us out here today,” he told New York magazine’s The Cut. “It is scheduled from 8 to 4pm. It’s a business day. Also, the weather; the rain turned a lot of people away.”

Witnesses said he was one of only three people (including one person who said he had not even seen the halftime show) to heed the call to protest by a new group, called Proud of the Blues.

“We encourage anyone and everyone who supports the police to show up and march around the block of the NFL headquarters on this day. Be absolutely peace and non-aggressive,” the group said in its invitation.

“Let’s show the world that it’s not necessary to be disruptive to America while conveying an effective message to the masses.”

And there was certainly little disruption outside the offices of the National Football League, where police had cordoned off part of Park Avenue for the protesters.
In fact they were outnumbered by about 30 of Beyonce’s fans, who carried banners saying “Pro black doesn’t mean anti white,” and “Get information,” a line from the new song.

Actor Taye Diggs Says He Takes Offence When People Refer To His Son As Black

The 44 year old actor who has a 6 year old son Walker Nathaniel Diggs, with former wife, actress and singer Idina Mendez (of Frozen) wrote a piece about race where he said he finds it offensive when people refer to his son as “black.”. What he wrote below…

“The first book I wrote, Chocolate Me, was based on my experiences growing up a little chocolate boy in a predominantly white neighborhood, and how I would get made fun of, and how through my mother and father and my own recognition, I was able to develop the power of self love,”

“My new book [Mixed Me] is kind of along similar lines for my son, even though in this day and age he’s going to have less of an issue being mixed than I did. It’s a book of self love and self appreciation and knowing that you are special regardless of what people will say about you because people will always say stuff,”

Diggs then turned his focus to President Obama, whom is often described as the first black U.S. president when in fact he’s biracial. Diggs hopes that soon society will begin to identify Obama more often as mixed.

“As African Americans we were so quick to say ‘okay he’s black he’s black,’ and then there were the white people who were afraid to say he was biracial because who knows. . . It would be great if it didn’t matter and that people could call him mixed. We’re still choosing to make that decision, and that’s when I think you get into some dangerous waters.”