Honorary White

Honorary White Acclaimed author E R Braithwaite To Sir With Love chronicles the brutality oppression and courage he witnessed as a black man granted Honorary White status during a six week visit to apartheid Sout

Acclaimed author E R Braithwaite To Sir, With Love chronicles the brutality, oppression, and courage he witnessed as a black man granted Honorary White status during a six week visit to apartheid South AfricaAs a black man living in a white dominated world, author E R Braithwaite was painfully aware of the multitude of injustices suffered by people of color and hAcclaimed author E R Braithwaite To Sir, With Love chronicles the brutality, oppression, and courage he witnessed as a black man granted Honorary White status during a six week visit to apartheid South AfricaAs a black man living in a white dominated world, author E R Braithwaite was painfully aware of the multitude of injustices suffered by people of color and he wrote powerfully and poignantly about racial discrimination in his acclaimed novels and nonfiction works So it came as a complete surprise when, in 1973, the longstanding ban on his books was lifted by the South African government, a ruling body of minority whites that brutally oppressed the black majority through apartheid laws Applying for a visa and secretly hoping to be refused he was granted the official status of Honorary White for the length of his stay As such, Braithwaite would be afforded some of the freedoms that South Africa s black population was denied, yet would nonetheless be considered inferior by the white establishment.With Honorary White, Braithwaite bears witness to a dark and troubling time, relating with grave honesty and power the shocking abuses, inequities, and horrors he observed and experienced firsthand during his six week stay in a criminal nation His book is a personal testament to the savagery of apartheid and to the courage of those who refused to be broken by it.

  • Unlimited Honorary White - by E.R. Braithwaite
    197 E.R. Braithwaite
Honorary White

  1. E.R Edward Ricardo Braithwaite was a novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people An alumnus of Queens College, Braithwaite excelled at City University of New York, after which he served in the RAF during WWII as a fighter pilot 1941 45 and then went on to receive an advanced degree in Physics from Cambridge University 1949 Braithwaite also attended the University of London Unable to establish a career in physics, his chosen field, which he attributed to his status as an ethnic minority, Braithwaite turned to teaching Braithwaite was perhaps best known as an author for his autobiographical novel To Sir With Love set in an east London secondary school, later directed, produced and adapted for the screen by james clavell starring Sidney Poitier as a schoolteacher from British Guiana Braithwaite gave up teaching and continued writing, during this time he became a social worker with the London County Council working to provide foster care for black children He would later describe these challenging experiences in Paid Servant Braithwaite s long and exemplary career took him to UNESCO in Paris as an educational consultant and lecturer 1963 1966 Then he served as a Guyanese ambassador in the late sixties First as Guyanese Ambassador to the United Nations 1967 68 , then as Guyanese Ambassador to Venezuela 1968 69 He was World Veterans Foundation Human Rights Officer, Paris 1960 63.Braithwaite returned to teaching as a professor of English, at New York University and later in 2002 held the position of Writer in Residence at Howard University in Washington DC Braithwaite was a visiting professor at Manchester Community College, Connecticut, during the 2005 2006 school year, also serving as commencement speaker and receiving an honorary degree.In August 2007 Braithwaite received the Guyana Cultural Association of New York s Exemplary Award for his work as an educator, a diplomat and an author.

887 Reply to “Honorary White”

  1. This is the most thorough portrait of apartheid South Africa that I ve seen Braithwaite contacted Blacks, Whites and Indians who seemed to be a cross section of society at the time He visited a number of different South African cities as well as Soweto and Transkei.I learned a bit about Guyana, Braithwaite s home country, when I researched Cheddi Jagan, who was mentioned in this book I also became interested in his wife, Janet Jagan I expect that this is going to be the best non fiction book I r [...]


  2. Love the work of ER Braithwaite Very candid perception of Apartheid South Africa Just goes on to show the frailty of man to end up coming with the most ludicrous concept of separation by virtue of the color of the skin How stupid can we get


  3. Such a unique book Read it because this author who s books I work with at Open Road just passed away It s the nuanced, bonkers tale of how the black author of To Sir, With Love was allowed to travel to apartheid South Africa after his books we un banned Really worth a read especially in today s political atmosphere.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *