Acclaimed author E R Braithwaite To Sir, With Love chronicles the brutality, oppression, and courage he witnessed as a black man granted Honorary White status during a six week visit to apartheid South AfricaAs a black man living in a white dominated world, author E R Braithwaite was painfully aware of the multitude of injustices suffered by people of color and he wrote powerfully and poignantly about racial discrimination in his acclaimed novels and nonfiction works So it came as a complete surprise when, in 1973, the longstanding ban on his books was lifted by the South African government, a ruling body of minority whites that brutally oppressed the black majority through apartheid laws Applying for a visaand secretly hoping to be refusedhe was granted the official status of Honorary White for the length of his stay As such, Braithwaite would be afforded some of the freedoms that South Africas black population was denied, yet would nonetheless be considered inferior by the white establishment.WithHonorary White, Braithwaite bears witness to a dark and troubling time, relating with grave honesty and power the shocking abuses, inequities, and horrors he observed and experienced firsthand during his six week stay in a criminal nation His book is a personal testament to the savagery of apartheid and to the courage of those who refused to be broken by it....
|Publisher||:||Open Road Media Reprint edition January 14, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||202 pages|
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Honorary White Reviews
Though the term honorary white was used as a bureaucratic formality, Braithwaite sees it as a loaded term as if it was an attempt to whitewash and deny that Braithwaite is black. Braithwaite genuinely tries to remain objective but does not hold back his frustration with South Africa's institutionalized racism he experienced first hand. There are some topics I would have liked to see Braithwaite delve further into such as the poor conditions he witnessed of black immigrants to South Africa. I would have liked to learn how much worse it was living in a virtually entirely black society under a black government that someone would prefer to subject themselves to the humiliation of apartheid and seemingly insufferable living conditions but maybe that's a bit out of scope. I highly recommend reading this book in conjunction with Dr. Walter Williams's South Africa's War Against Capitalism who was also given honorary white status. Williams's empirical studies of the history and economics of apartheid is an excellent compliment to Braithwaite's personal narrative.
"Eendraag maak mag", old Dutch for Unity is Strength, is the motto of the South Africa that the author visits, presumably in 1974. An internationally known writer (To Sir with Love) and former President of the United Nations Council for Namibia, he was at first torn by the fear of being used for propaganda purposes when his books were unexpectedly unbanned and he was granted a visa to visit the country as an Honorary White. The pre-Mandela South Africa that he discovers and of which this book provides a gripping account turns that motto on its head. It is a country in which the races live in parallel and grossly unequal worlds - 4 million whites in the affluence created by the labor of 20 million blacks deliberately kept in dehumanizing conditions under the system of separateness or "apartheid". The pervasive fear, intimidation and seeming helplessness is captured memorably in the accounts of the ordinary blacks he meets in Soweto, the sprawling black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, which, with great personal courage, he visits often at night and without the knowledge of the ubiquitous Government Information Office.
Great Book in great condition. I personally know the gentleman that is why I bought the book. He really is a remarkable and pleasant man.
This is about the author of "To Sir, With Love" going to South Africa while apartheid is still in effect. Again, as in "A Kind of Homecoming," he is a witness to history, and it's always more interesting to read a first-hand witness's accounts than just the usual media "sound bites"--especially a witness who's always so honest about his reactions and feelings (e.g. actual dismay at having his visa application APPROVED after he learned the South African government had UNbanned his writings--reminded me of when I asked my parents if I could go to my first dance in junior high & was COUNTING on their "no" as an excuse for avoiding something I was scared to death of, and then they said "yes," leaving me having to either find another excuse or face my fears!) The title comes from how the South Africans considered him in order for him to get treatment and prvileges that the resident blacks were denied.