Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane

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Feed My Reads South Africa

This was not an easy read. I did a lot of research into apartheid when I wrote African Me & Satellite TV, and just reading about some of the history of some of the things that were done to black people hurts badly. But even though you cringe in shame for the insanely barbaric doings of other whites, you can never feel the shame of millions of people for being classified as sub-human because of the colour of their skin. This book does a good job of getting you a little closer to that feeling than the any of the history books I’ve read.

I grew up smack bang in the middle of apartheid. Where even little white children expected “respect” from adult black people. I always found it weird how many people suddenly had stories about their black “friends” during the struggle after having seen very few real white…

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2 thoughts on “Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane

    Sha'Tara said:
    August 14, 2020 at 4:56 am

    I haven’t read the entire post – short on time here – but I’ll keep repeating this truism: until “Earthians” seriously ask themselves what is the SOURCE of their racism and misogyny, these two of man’s greatest evils will continue and continue to plague the species until there is no more species to be plagued. What should be considered by any intelligent, sentient, self aware individual is, there is no natural reason to be found for these two evils, hence where do they come from? And it isn’t just white skinned against black skinned, or certain races who are misogynistic: all are, in turn, one way or another. If the problem seems to disappear or ease off in some particular group or society, it’s just a matter of time or condition before it surfaces again. The driving force behind these horrors on earth are principally religion and politics and when it can benefit from it, the money system jumps in also. Now then, there’s a broad hint as to why we continue to be plagued by racism and misogyny. Who cares or dares to make the next giant leap out of the control box and figure it out? We can talk about these things until the cows come home to roost and the chicken to be milked and we can go on periodic rampages to try and mitigate the evils but why are they never and finally eradicated? As Forest Gump would say, …and that’s all I gotta say on that.

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    Jane Fritz said:
    August 16, 2020 at 3:16 am

    I see that I left my comment to you on Mark Mathabane’s site. Thank you for shining a light on this site and book, Jo. I shall be following up with it. I hope all is well with you in SA, given these turbulent times.


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