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Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
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May 03, 13

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Read in August, 2012

This was an interesting perspective of growing up in a ghetto during apartheid. Also an interesting study in the culture of poverty, and a glimpse of the cycle breakers. I didn't understand the different players in south africa (Afrikaners and English, Indians and Coroureds, and Kaffirs), and their long history in South Africa.
Apartheid laws seemed quite similar to Jim Crow era laws, though apartheid was nationally based, which had different implications, I'm sure.
Also interesting to me were the moral dilemmas faced by whites empathetic to blacks and by blacks who found a leg up. To participate in white tennis as a black which was part of apartheid and forbidden by the black tennis association as a way to develop friendly feelings between blacks and whites and because white tennis offered better opportunities was a major dilemma.

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