December 10th 2010
When somebody thinks of Africa one usually imagines villages or wild life, but in reality it is more than that. Author Mark Mathabane grew up in a town near Johannesburg, South Africa called Alexandria. He experienced times of poverty, racism, police raids, and even starvation. In the novel, “Kaffir Boy,” Mathabane describes many of the obstacles he faced growing up with his mother and two siblings. From his experiences, Mark’s human rights were being violated. Everybody is born with natural human rights that cannot be taken away no matter what and there are two main rights that were violated from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 2 and Article 12.
Article 2 describes the right to freedom and being able to live without being discriminated because of race, language, sex or religion. In chapter one of Kaffir Boy, Mathabane informs the reader how Africans were treated in South Africa because of their race. In Alexandria, the streets were numbered from first to twenty third avenue. The first four avenues were inhabited by colored people, whites and Indians. The rest of the streets were filled with black faces, full blooded Africans. Africans were said to be at the end of the list and were treated like animals. The colored people labeled them as aliens and dregs to society. Although racism was going on, Mark was able to overcome those obstacles because of his family. He always had them by his side and he never let anything bring him down no matter what the situation was.
Article 12 explains nobody shall be subjected to interference with one’s privacy of family nor home. In chapter two, Mathabane describes the times of when police raids would happen while growing up. The Alexandria police squad was made up of white men and a few black men. The police raids were also unexpected, nobody was ever ready for them and when they would happen it was chaos. Sirens in the sky, loud screams,...