About Trevor Noah and His Book, "Born a Crime"
Before reading this book I didn't know who Trevor Noah was and I knew nothing about growing up in South Africa in the 1980's and 1990's.
On the dedication page Trevor writes: "For my mother, My first fan. Thank you for making me a man." His thoughts about his mother throughout this story explain a lot.
His story of his becoming a man is inspiring, I starts with the country under apartheid and then the transition that followed it.
Trevor's mother Patricia taught him to face injustice with humor and that must have sowed the seeds for who he is today.
“If my mother had one goal,
it was to free my mind.”— Trevor Noah
His birth into this world began as a criminal act. He was "Born a Crime", to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.
During the early years of his life he spent most of his time inside so as not to be noticed. The government could have taken him away from his mother and his dad didn't live with them and couldn't even walk by him on the street.
After Apartheid ended a time came when he and his mother began a new life trying to live openly and freely but they still had many challenges with life the different groups and subgroups.
"language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”
“Chapter 4: Chameleon"
"it is useful to know the language of your oppressor."
“Chapter 4: Chameleon”
Trevor was smart and his education and resourcefulness was his life line to success.
The book is his memoir of growing up in South Africa. It was challenging, sad, and even funny, but the true story of the book is in his love for his mother. The Trevor America knows best is of him from the desk of the Daily Show.
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He has a facebook page.
He also has an instagram account.