Published in 1986 as an autobiography by South African author Mark Mathabane, Kaffir Boy explores the problems of the apartheid system in South Africa at the time. The system is basically institutionalized segregation - that is, the government encourages racism. Mark had to grow up in this system long after it should have been abolished, and he was punished just for being a different color from others.
Mark was fortunate enough to be able to escape from the system, and becomes a successful tennis player and writer. The book explains the many stereotypes of young black children, and ways that they should be overcome.
An author, lecturer, and former collegiate tennis athlete, Mark Mathabane has accomplished a lot over the course of his career. From being able to escape the brutal apartheid system to being able to teach other young black children how to deal with racism, he has inspired much change in his life. Born and raised in South Africa, Kaffir Boy is his most famous work.