Monday, August 22, 2011
Bishop Tutu Proposes a White Tax
After reading this, I think I should perhaps give up parody and just report straight news. For Bishop Tutu has proposed a tax on being White:
Tutu called for a small "wealth tax" on all white South Africans as they had benefited during apartheid, the race based segregation system that operated between 1948 and 1994, according to the Cape Argus.
He said the wealth tax call was not new but came up during the TRC process where many in the white community were ready for it at that time. "It could be quite piffling, maybe 1 percent of their stock exchange holdings. It's nothing. But it could have helped," Tutu said.
"Our white fellow citizens have to accept the obvious: You all benefited from apartheid. But that does not mean that all are responsible for apartheid," said Tutu, who retired from public life in 2010 at the age of 79.
What an idea! Myself, I think, here in the U. S., Blacks have benefited disproportionately from affirmative action and welfare programs. So I propose a tax on being Black. Also in certain areas of California, gays have an unfair edge in their careers. So I propose a California Gay Tax as well.
And you just know there ought to be a Jew Tax.
I’m sure other special taxes would be good also. Such taxes are the right thing to do. After all, those who benefit from inequities in our society should pay their *fair share*.
I think Christopher Johnson should be hit with a special tax, too. His blog gets more traffic than mine. Unfair!