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Why This Book Matters:
Born a Crime follows the life of Trevor Noah, a biracial man born during South Africa’s apartheid, and his rise despite being born a [racial] crime.
The Big Takeaways:
- Apartheid (racial segregation) took place in South Africa from 1948 to 1991.
- If Noah’s birth was illegal as he was biracial, and apartheid forbade interracial relations.
- Apartheid labeled Noah “colored” instead of just Black.
- This caused significant identity issues for Trevor as a young man because he considered himself Black and was unable to identify with his combined races fully.
- Noah became a deejay with the help of his friend Hitler.
- Though he couldn’t afford one himself, a White friend gave him a CD writer that led to them getting into some trouble at a party. The problem: people chanting “Go Hitler” as Noah deejayed and his pal danced.
- Noah did have trouble with the law (because it was difficult for Blacks to find honest work post-apartheid), but his luck reformed him.
- While in jail, Noah took notice of the other inmates and began to realize he was fortunate--other Blacks did not have the same fortune as him
- Noah still managed to rise despite his background.
- Trevor Noah is now a renowned host/comedian.