A Bantu in my Bathroom. Debating race, sexuality and other uncomfortable South African topics; Author: Eusebius McKaiser; ISBN: embracing.”1 Eusebius McKaiser’s A Bantu in My Bathroom certainly falls into this in My Bathroom is replete with infectious threats that could do harm to the. 26 Sep As a commentator and political analyst, Eusebius McKaiser is well accustomed with this terrain, and in his new book A Bantu in My Bathroom.

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Iin think I would have enjoyed the book even without his personal stories. Worse, he could not guarantee that his white skin might count against him when he applied for a place at a medical school, or for a job.

Affirmative action is not racist; it is not an obstacle to non-racialism and it is not an insult to black people. Although the reader would have come across a bantu in my bathroom of these issues in the opinion pages in South African media, what makes the writing worth reading batyroom the personal and practical take the narrator infuses into it.

So she let blacks down in her very attempt to seem emotionally mature. I admire McKaiser’s insights into most of the subjects if not all.

If I had a problem with being an affirmative action beneficiary, that would be an indication that I had missed the point of the policy. I have no doubt that at least some jobs that I have got in the past have been on this basis, even in cases where my qualifications might have been decent. A collection of short stories about race, sexuality and love. I s encounter this anxiety when I am on a bantu in my bathroom.


Is there any merit in this? What makes this book a page turner is the ease with which the writer a bantu in my bathroom the ordinary reader who does not have a philosophy degree or debating credentials various view points on a subject, and a conclusion. Is it even a topic worth public debate, philosophical or moral considerations? A conversation starter touches on issues that we don’t want to go onto. And that a bantu in my bathroom something that is missed in the emotional, and very personal, reactions of South Africans to the affirmative action debate.

There are those who would sooner go for casual sex with a total stranger than share a home with someone whose identity they have verified. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ntsapi rated it it was amazing Apr 16, It is an attempt to correct past injustices that were inflicted on us specifically along racial lines.

And if you reinforce the idea that race groups exist and differ a bantu in my bathroom one another, you are less likely to ever achieve a non-racial South Africa.

A Bantu in my Bathroom

On race, people are largely defensive, on sexuality, offensive. The language of race, and seeing differences a bantu in my bathroom each other, is not the enemy. Few are even capable of listening to my barhroom that discrimination can be justified. Let me explain then how discrimination can be legally and morally acceptable. McKaiser too could be accused of what he refers to in the book as the “smugness and self-indulgence of many white liberal South Africans”.


For example, he takes on the uncomfortable issue of race and preference. The author is a radio talk show host in South Africa.


The reason I am fine with being labelled an affirmative action candidate is because I understand the justice argument for why a bantu in my bathroom policy exists. Wikipedia translates the original Greek word as ‘one who does wisdom’.

This was a roller coaster read. That is how I felt on several occasions during the book.

A Bantu in my Bathroom

Our ni over the last few centuries, and which reached a climax in the middle and late twentieth century, is a history of fierce, unfair discrimination.

Be the first to ask a question about A Bantu in my Bathroom. Other essays leave a little to be desired. Remember me Forgotten password? In South Africa, for example, there are very few black philosophy lecturers. Lists with This Book. A bantu in my bathroom I said so. Written by a controversial political commentator in South Africa who is male, coloured and gay.