February 24, 1991 |
Gerrit le Grange, retired race classification expert, still owns what he once fondly called "my people-tester"--a pencil that helped him determine race in otherwise tricky circumstances. Le Grange would poke the pencil into a subject's hair. If it dropped out, the person was considered white. If it stuck tight, the individual was assumed to be black. In the newly reforming South Africa, Le Grange's expertise is no longer needed.