Book Review – The End Of Whiteness

The End Of Whiteness by Nicky Falkof (Jacana) ISBN 9781431423279

Book Review - The End Of Whiteness

This is a fascinating account of the ‘panics’ experienced by some white people in South Africa in the 1980s, such as the Afrikaner family killings and Satanism scares.

Falkof has opened up areas of thought that are not often or never thought of by the post-Apartheid generation. This book might be essential in understanding the minds of white people old enough to have lived in these times. It may also shed new light on how we think about how we think about people, race and culture and why we think this.

This book has been well adapted for a broad audience and is an enjoyable read. It makes us confront commonly held beliefs while being supremely humorous. It also creates an understanding of why your uncle, father, or grandmother reacts so strongly to things that are meaningless to people under a certain age.

You will be pleasantly confused by some of the thoughts in this book and how they alter your perception of the past and present. If nothing else read this book for this strange anecdotal account from the 80s that makes that decade look like America during their witch trials. In particular, look forward to the insanity around Satanism in Afrikaner communities in Apartheid South Africa.

This is a truly worthwhile book.

Christopher Dean

Posted on: 4th July 2016