Doing what I’d usually do when I have nothing much to do or as “bo marata-helele” would do – I came across this quite interesting information on the Guardian yesterday [10 March 2012].
According to the report more than half of young black men available for work in Britain are now unemployed, according to unpublished government statistics obtained by the newspaper which shows the recession is hitting young black people disproportionately hard. The new figures do not include students, also revealing that the youth unemployment rate for black people has increased at almost twice the rate for white 16- to 24-year-olds since the start of the recession in 2008.
Young black men are the worst affected of all, according to a gender breakdown contained within the data supplied by the Office for National Statistics. Unemployment among young black men has doubled in three years, rising from 28.8% in 2008 to 55.9% in the last three months of 2011.
As I read this I wondered whether we in South Africa – the majority, unlike the blacks as minority in Britain – should feel “better off”, sort of, in that “at least we are not alone” in this “sorry-ass” state of unemployment. But whether this would make us “feel any better” at all is not clear and I doubt it would.
The other reason why I found this interesting is because of a report I saw in The Times newspaper about a three weeks or a month ago in which white people abroad struggled to being issued with assylum status after claiming that as whites and minorities in South Africa – like the Blacks in Britain – they were sort of denied employment opportunities due to our BBBEE and AA laws in the country, saying these were discriminating against them as “whites” (my emphasis). They further claimed that as whites and minority in the country their lives were in danger (from blacks). The Times report quoted many of them with the same sentiments.
Despite different circumstances here in SA for whites and blacks, respectively – to steal the famous saying, I just feel that like us blacks in South Africa: “The Blackmen in Britain, you’re on your own”.
What’s your opinion?
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