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  •  I disagree. (6+ / 0-)

    Living under the boot, the hell of apartheid cannot ever be diminished.  

    SA - as a new nation state without it, has only existed since the 1990's.

    Yes, of course there is still economic inequality.  Dismantling the structures of global capitalism - whether there, or elsewhere is an issue I'm unable to address in this diary.

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:15:06 AM PDT

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    •  Inequality has increased since the end (0+ / 0-)

      of apartheid. INCREASED. So a terrible situation is now actually worse. Meanwhile, the bottom half has seen real incomes drop. At the same time living costs have skyrocketed. Isn't there something wrong with this picture?

      And the fact that the new dispensation has only lasted since the 1990s is not an adequate reason. Life should be at least marginally better or at least constant for the majority.

      •  Hopelessly, utterly wrong (0+ / 0-)

        Income inequality is down somewhat according to the Gini coefficient, though still high by world standards.

        As recent data points out, one reason that inequality is high is that if black South Africa were measured as a separate country, it would be one of the most income unequal countries on earth. But that's a reflection of the fact that so many black South Africans have moved into the unionized working class and middle class leaving the rural poor behind.

        Please provide a link to data saying that "all gains" have been negated. Otherwise I have to conclude you are just spouting ignorant ill informed bullshit.

    •  I have written this elsewhere, (0+ / 0-)

      but I hope I am not leaving the impression that fighting to end apartheid was not a worthwhile struggle. It was and I hope I have not diminished that. But the struggle was fundamentally also a struggle for economic justice - The Freedom Charter - had lines upon lines on economic equality. Thus people are now speaking of an economic apartheid still in place.

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