Thursday, May 17, 2007

Black Solidarity and black divisions

In the chapter, Black Solidarity and black divisions, Sibusiso Mpama addresses the importance of being black to him. He recognises strong class differences among blacks: some are seen as ‘less black’ because they enjoyed privileges associated with whites, like attending a ‘Model C’ school and living in a ‘white area.’ He criticises the tendency to stereotype blacks as poor, writing positively about the growing black middle class. However, he says that, despite the burgeoning black middle class, there a growing disparity between ‘the black haves’ (in which he counts himself) and the ‘black have nots’.

Mpama, Sibusiso. 'Black Solidarity and black divisions', in Rob Pattman and Sultan Khan (Eds.), Undressing Durban (Durban: Madiba Press, 2007), pp. 332-333.