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Because Racism: White South Africans Make 5 Times More Than Black South Africans

A recent survey by Statistics South Africa highlights income inequality between Black and White South Africans.

From addressing prejudicial hair policies in schools to exposing discrimination in hospitals, South Africans have been vocal about the need to challenge systemic racism in their country.

The result of institutionalized racism rears its ugly, white-supremacist head in a recent report on the Living Conditions of Households in South Africa produced by Statistics South Africa, which shows the stark income gap between Black and White South Africans.

Despite accounting for over 80 percent of the country's population, Black South Africans earn 5 times less than their White counterparts, who constitute only 8 percent of the population.

"The data shows that white South Africans still command the highest average incomes in the country at approximately R444,446 a year. This is over 1.5 times greater than Indians/Asians at R271,621 per year, and almost 5 times more than black South Africans, at R92,893 per year," reports Business Tech.

Though the gap has narrowed since the survey was last conducted in 2011—at that time, White South Africans made close to 6 times more—the disparity is still alarming, especially considering that so little of the population is White.

It's clear that in South Africa, and in pretty much every other place in the world (I'm looking at you, America), systems remain in place to keep White people in power. What's new?

As we continue to yell "fuck the system," let's remember the brave young women of Pretoria Girls High and the fervent students who led the #FeesMustFall movement, and continue to disrupt, dismantle, and call the White man out on his rampant bullshit.

Protests at Pretoria Girl's School image via twitter


11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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