#FeesMustFall

Re-blogged from APEIRON

Author: Zoya Pon

“…Poverty is the poor’s fault, and it is their responsibility.

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– 5 points if you’ve ever said either

Black-led movements rely on the power and decibels that privilege puts behind words.

Poverty is a global issue, it is not just the individual/group’s issue. This is because poverty does not just affect the poor, it affects you and I. And I don’t mean that feeling of guilt or sadness that sometimes creeps through the cracks in your car window when you see a barely clothed homeless person in rain and tell him ‘no, you don’t have any change’. I mean (h) the effects of poverty ripple, and have repercussions.

A simple example is economically. The less people participating in the economy, the more those who earn an income have to pay to make up for the lack of taxpayers compared to the population. Low levels of employment mean a weak economy. Basic economics: the less spending, the less money coming in. This affects everything from infrastructure to government provided health services and service delivery.

-10 marks if you thought #FeesMustFall is only for the poor/if you think poverty is not your problem.

How do you solve unemployment? You educate. Because low levels of education equals low employment rates. But what happens when the already economically disadvantaged are forced to not only fight against the preset obstacles of poverty by working for less than R12 an hour, to put their kids through school (and um, survive) but now also have to ensure their kids can compete in an already struggling job market?

Well, fuck, they have to go to university, to be qualified for the jobs that white people love to (i) highlight how unqualified black people are to have.

-5 points if you’ve ever assumed a black person in a high position is not qualified enough to hold it

Guess what though…read full article on author’s site

 

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