The birth of ‘apartheid’ was the cause of the beginning of an era of waste in government circles as had never before occurred. Every government office had now to be altered so that there was an entrance door for whites and another for blacks.
There was to be a counter for whites and a counter for blacks. On the railway stations there had to be benches for whites and benches for blacks. Naturally there had to be coaches for each different type of person which meant that each train had to have almost double the number of coaches that it really needed. This terrible policy also had to be applied in hospitals, schools, prisons, etc., not to mention trams and buses in cities and towns.
Skin tells the story of Sandra Laing and her struggle to fit in first with her family and later into a larger society that did not want to admit she existed at all. To what lengths will a white family go to deny that their daughter is black? To what lengths will the government go to assure that this family unit is unsustainable? How is Sandra supposed to survive, live, grow into an adult? Those questions and more are asked and answered by Skin.