Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu?
‘The real significance of this book lies in the fact that it tells us more about the everyday life of black South Africans. It delves into the essence of black family life and the secret anguish of family members who often battle to cope.’ – Niq Mhlongo
A secret torment for some, a proud responsibility for others, ‘black tax’ is a daily reality for thousands of black South...more
The untold feelings of black culture-Black Tax the good, the bad and the ugly
It took me a week to read this because I had so many mixed feelings towards this topic. I understand it from all its angles. "The thing is, many people, regardless of their race or background, support their families, but the difference lies in whether its a choice. Some choose to help, others have to" i think this brings out the clear definition of the black tax culture, were y ...more
As an over 40 black female in this country, everything touched in this book, I have experienced. From accepting not to get what you want because you are over 10 kids in one household and there is one or two people working to support all of you, receiving assistance from distant relatives and some community members as you are on your way to fulfill your dreams, working and having to look back and support home, getting married and having to look back and support home. This is all what as a black p ...more
This anthology brings together a diverse choir of voices that sing at different tempos about Black Tax. It is a rich hymn of the myriad ways in which we experience the song of Black Tax.
The melodies of these pages have Voices writing about Black T ...more
I came to know about this book through a Zambian book readers 'club' Twitter account. Every week, someone runs the account (what is called curating) and poses different questions about books and all. Though this book is written in the context of South Africa, as a Zambian I could relate with the various essays in the book. I believe every other African would relate as there is a similarity in cultures. This is an interesting topic and I am glad someone thought of putting it u ...more
Angry due to the realization of how ego drives some people to feel entitled to be given credit all the time, how they are entitled to your salary and even your soul
Sad, because we live in a socioeconomic context that has broken apart family structures and communal notions of helping one another, instead we have turned to be individualistic, arrogant and egoistic.
Proud, that some people have been (still are) rooted in ubuntu/humility ...more
Each author has a story to tell and each story even though somewhat similar in motive to many others, are unique to each family/individual. Some would believe it to be a burden while others would see it as a continuation of a legacy to keep the African family going. It's ubuntu to some and a burden to others.
Some authors are also recipients of said blac ...more
This book left me with mixed emotions...inspired, extremely angry at the challenges that black people still encounter in this day and age, grateful that God has blessed me so I can be a blessing to some of my family members.
Not sure of the wording black tax but it is infuriating when some of our ...more
This is a collection of opinions about black tax/family responsibility from various authors and journalists. The authors give their inputs on the history of black tax, question the negative connotations associated with the term ‘black tax’ and touch on the negative impacts of black tax on the middle class. The book is quite personal as the authors talk about their family dynamics and challenges along the way. I have my opinions about this topic, which I often refer t ...more
While so many events from the essays resonate with me on a personal level, some arguments roused a shift in my perspective on this notion of 'Black Tax'. It is not the same for everyone, although it affects and influences our everyday lives, relatively, irrespective of whether we ch ...more
But the far reaching tentacles of racism structures turns kindness into duty into expectations into burdens.
From pay disparities, to education barriers, to location disadvantages, there are a myriad of ways in which the black body is kept down and out.
This collection of essays on people’s personal experiences wa ...more
This book was beautiful and important. There’s a lot we do and responsibilities that we carry as blacks, without thinking. It really challenged me to be more aware of some of the implications of my blackness that have become part and parcel of it but are a unique aspect of it.
Most of the essays were boarding towards Ubuntu and I totally ag ...more