RACIST POSTCARD (SOUTH AFRICA)

Racism

DSC06415 DSC06416This is a racist postcard from South Africa.  It says “K was a Kaffir afraid of the sun”.  In South Africa today, the term is regarded as highly racially offensive, in the same way as “nigger” in the United States and other English-speaking countries. It is seldom used as an isolated insult, but rather is used systematically by openly racist individuals when talking about black people, and as such was very common in the apartheid era. Use of the word has been actionable in South African courts since at least 1976 under the offense of crimen injuria: “the unlawful, intentional and serious violation of the dignity of another”.