Johannesburg - An online poll posted by Absa on Black Tax on Tuesday took a sour turn after angry users blasted the bank as "insensitive" and "racist".
On Tuesday, the bank posted a poll on Twitter asking users to define what they considered black tax to be, with options ranging from: a source of anxiety, a source of pride, a financial burden as well as a responsibility.
Black tax refers to the financial obligation of black people who move into higher-paying jobs to provide for extended family.
Of course, Absa's tweet did not go well with users, with the bank being branded racist and insensitive for putting up the poll.
Many users appeared to be offended by the use of the term to describe taking care of extended family, with some even saying it had a racial undertone.
#BlackTax is.— Absa (@Absa) June 12, 2018
See some reactions to the poll:
I don't see how someone taking care of their family should be labeled anything!!! Nwak!! 😈 pic.twitter.com/zOP49IhJ0Q— ✨MJONO✨ (@MpFuneto_R) June 12, 2018
There is no putting lipstick on this pig of a tweet 😡🤯😡🤯😡.we will screen grab and remind @Absa of this most useless, rude, insensitive, mocking, degrading tweet in future.— Phuti ya Ga-Seleka (@prue82) June 12, 2018
I love how they have the audacity to throw the concept of ‘Black Tax’ around when their history was complicit in its very own creation. pic.twitter.com/aCyoCPNQaD— Dr Buffington (@MugishaWaKisoro) June 12, 2018
Black tax? Taking care of our families can never be black tax. This tweet has racial undertone.— #ANCVoter2019 (@KhutsoRapudi) June 12, 2018
Absa has since apologised for the pole:
We apologise for any offence caused by the poll. Providing family members with financial assistance, is a reality for many South Africans. Our intent was to help our customers, by providing insights from a leading financial advisor https://t.co/qgUvWFXgRY— Absa (@Absa) June 12, 2018