| Quote #1
…more than 90 percent of white South Africans go through a lifetime without seeing firsthand the inhuman conditions under which blacks have to survive.
Mark begins Kaffir Boy by commenting on how important race was in South Africa. Society was constructed around the rigid concept of race, and the practice of keeping races separate. Thus, white society claimed its blacks were "happy," and had no idea of the reality of black life under apartheid.
| Quote #2
"What's a pass, Mama?" I knew vaguely what a pass was, but not its reality.
Without the pass, a black man or woman couldn't find a job, legally live anywhere in the black designated urban areas, or move from one place to another without fear of arrest.
| Quote #3
Continuing, the old woman, in a hoary voice, said, "I worked for a madam a long time ago, when my papers were still in order, who had three refrigerators all stacked with food. And no children. And she would always throw away packages of meat because they were a day old. When I asked her to give them to me, she would reply: 'I buy you meat, girlie, is that not enough?' And the meat she was talking about was dog meat."
There is a strong contrast between the lives that whites lead and the lives that blacks lead. This is a contrast of which blacks are fully aware, given their proximity to white lives through their jobs as servants and gardeners. The fact that blacks are aware of the difference is also a contrast to whites, who don't know how blacks live.