Book review: The racists guide to people of South Africa

Race in South Africa is a hot topic and some have went to the extent of saying people avoid to address the nuances of race-considering the country’s history. The racist guide to the people of South Africa puts the spotlight on some of the racial differences people fear to talk about.

Ever wondered why Afrikaner men are successful in farming and wear Khaki shorts coupled with knee high socks? Why coloured people like to upgrade their cars with massive wheel mags and drop the cars suspension? Or why black people like to struck a conversation with random strangers?

No race is spared, as these are some of the racial stereotypes Simon Kilpatrick addresses in his book.  Kilpatrick goes to those areas people know exists, but fear to raise racial peculiars people chat at during dinner parties.

A light hearted humour book, not for readers who like to think a lot and critically engage with literature, the book is a recommended read for those who want to read frivolous books. Though Kilpatrick relies on his experiences and encounters with different races, he also cites experiences from second hand information from his friends and acquaintances.  Not much of a guide to racial differences in South Africa, but rather a subjective outlook on races and overall human dynamics.

The book will offer you moments of frustration, as Kilpatrick sometimes does not portray an accurate description of racial mannerisms. Not for the faint hearted, the racists guide to people of South Africa is daring and challenges your outlook on different races. The book is a quick read and not designed for any university course, but the university of life in South Africa.

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