British South Africa Police, Security Memorandum on Native Affairs No. 67, June 27 1952.
â€œIt has been reliably reported that the following conversation took place between a European lady sales assistant and an African in a bookshop on the 19th June 1952:
African: â€˜By the way is it strictly necessary to address me as â€˜boyâ€™?â€™
Assistant: â€˜That is the way I usually address Africans who come into the shop.â€™
African: â€˜Some of us can read, you know.â€™
Assistant: â€˜So I believe.â€™
African: â€˜If this sort of thing continues there is bound to be quite a lot of trouble. When I was in London some weeks ago nobody there addressed me as â€˜boyâ€™, only as â€˜Sirâ€™. It appears that London is an excellent place to live in.â€™
Assistant: â€˜Then why donâ€™t you go and live there?â€™â€