Black poverty appropriated for self-enrichment

05 January 2020 - 00:00 By William Gumede

There is often an outcry about whites appropriating aspects of black culture - whether braids, clothes or speech - yet a major problem in SA is that opportunistic blacks are increasingly appropriating black poverty, black identity and culture as a cover to legitimise personal advancement, self-enrichment and often corruption.

The appropriation of black poverty, identity and traditional culture by other blacks for self-interest does very little to help reduce mass black poverty or to foster more rounded black identities and inclusive cultures; in fact it increases black poverty, distorts black identity and causes further cultural marginalisation...

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