kaffirboetie, noun

Forms:
Also kafferboetie, kafir-boetie, and with initial capital.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans kafferboetie literally ‘little brother of a kaffir’.
derogatory, offensive
An abusive form of reference or address to a white person who is perceived to be friendly with black people or working for their welfare. Also attributive. See also boetie sense 5.
1939 [see liberal noun].
1943 J. Burger Black Man’s Burden 81Farmers are eloquent about..‘kaffirboeties’..who advocate justice for the Bantu.
1948 A. Paton Cry, Beloved Country 166All the welfare workers and this Father Beresford and the other Kafferboeties say it must not be so.
1952 G. Gordon Let Day PerishGlossary, ‘Kafferboetie’ means literally ‘the Kaffir’s little brother’ and is used contemptuously for any European who sponsors the uplift of the Non-European.
1958 Church Times (U.K.) 21 Nov. 6You can call a man a Kaffir-Boetie in Johannesburg and a nigger-lover in the Southern States; but both mean precisely the same thing and have the same accent.
1963 A. Fugard Notebks (1983) 80Making a stand..will result in all likelihood in your being dragged out and shot by the whites as a ‘kafferboetie’ traitor.
1964 G. Gordon Four People 103If you have too many Non-Europeans coming to the house..they’ll say you are a Commie, or at any rate a Kafferboetie.
1971 C.W. Eglin in Daily Dispatch 6 Sept. 6Ten years ago people who campaigned for equal pay for equal work were called ‘kaffirboeties’.
1980 M. Lipton in Optima Vol.29 No.2, 186They were openly critical of..the kaffirboetie (liberal) attitudes of..the mining companies.
1985 Frontline Sept. 27A native will always come to your aid before a white man. I haven’t got a soft spot for them. I mean I’m not a kaffirboetie or anything like that.
1990 Weekend Argus 14 July 15At school he was called a ‘kafferboetie’..because he made friends with black children.
An abusive form of reference or address to a white person who is perceived to be friendly with black people or working for their welfare. Also attributive.

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