Headline in South Africa’s The Times newspaper: “Black madams suck, say maids.” The story:

Black domestic workers would rather work for white madams than black “siesies” because they believe whites pay better. This is one of the findings by University of Witwatersrand sociology master’s student Xoliswa Dilata, who investigated the relationship between black employers and domestic workers in Soweto.”


I am not surprised. They’re madams.

* The image is from photographer Edward West‘s series of ordinary black South Africans, “Casting Shadows” (2001).

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