What Issue Does the Book "Kaffir Boy" Address?


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"Kaffir Boy" is the autobiography of tennis player Mark Mathabane and his life under South African apartheid. Mathabane escaped the horrific conditions of his homeland by earning a tennis scholarship to the United States. "Kaffir Boy" helped to raise U.S. awareness about the cruelty of apartheid.

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Published in 1986, "Kaffir Boy" focuses on the brutality of the apartheid government and how young black children growing up in the South African township of Alexandra dealt with racism and stereotypes. "Kaffir Boy" was banned in some schools because of a scene depicting child prostitution and sodomy. Mathabane authorized a revised edition for schools that wanted to include the book in their curricula without the controversial scene.

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