South African Court: Chinese Population to be Reclassified as “Black”

There are about 200,000 ethnic Chinese in South Africa. During apartheid, they were discriminated against because they were classified as people of mixed race. Today, the Chinese are generally considered white — a misclassification that is, ironically, disqualifying them from benefits and protections guaranteed by ANTI-apartheid laws.

So, how should South Africa rebalance this inequality? BBC reports that the Chinese Association of South Africa took the government to court, charging it with discrimination.

The High Court then ruled that Chinese South Africans are to be reclassified as: Black People. Yes, Black People. This (apparently well-intended) correction — not a joke — will now allow Chinese to benefit from anti-apartheid policies.

Before the Chinese over-rejoice, BBC notes that White People in South Africa still earn about 450% more than their Black counterparts. I guess the gap is so huge that White People can barely tell Non-Whites apart. Who needs multiple classifications?

14 years after apartheid, the racial violence continues.

xinTricky Pop Quiz:
Here’s an AFP photo of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South African President Thabo Mbeki signing an agreement in Cape Town a couple years ago.
Should they both be classified as “Black”?

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