Poor White Africans? Huh?!

I just stumbled across an awesome photo essay on poverty among white South Africans, the cause of something termed “reverse apartheid”. I wanted to just share a couple of the most powerful shots and see what reaction Terry readers have to this. For me, it was a bit of a shock. Knowing the shots were taken in Africa, my brain expected to see black people, but for some reason it was white people, and it didn’t make sense. What do you think?

I encourage you to check out the full series since the photos are quite beautiful. The larger, high quality images and accompanying stories are really powerful.

A man receives a monthly supply of food aid donated to residents of a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp on March 6, 2010. (REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly)

Girls walk to school barefoot in Krugersdorp, March 10, 2010. (REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly)

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3 Responses to “Poor White Africans? Huh?!”

  1. shawn forde

    I’m not sure the barefooted school girls are representative of poverty. My exposure to South Africa is not great, but living in Lesotho I have been able to visit a couple of places. I saw white people walking around barefoot everywhere – on the streets, attending rugby games, at the shopping mall – and I am pretty sure the reason they were barefoot was not for lack of money to buy shoes.

  2. shawn forde

    I should also add that through my brief travels in South Africa I was surprised when I encountered white South Africans living in poverty.

  3. elise

    god forbid, blacks aren’t on the receiving end of aid. how shocking! and poor white people in africa???? it’s not really that shocking.

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