South Africa Then: Pencil Test
"Pencil Test:" a method of assessing whether a person has Afro-textured hair. A pencil is pushed through a person’s hair. If the pencil fell to the floor, the person “passed” and was considered “white.” If it stuck, the person’s hair was considered too kinky to be white and the person was classified as “coloured.” Citizens of South Africa were classified annually into one of four racial groups: White, Asian/Indian, Coloured, or Native. Since people were re-classified every year, members of the same family were often classified as different races.