On black townships in Johannesburg: "Soweto was designed to be bombed - that's how forward-thinking the architects of apartheid were. The township was a city unto itself, with a population of nearly one million. There were only two roads in and out. That was so the military could lock us in, quell any rebellion."
"My grandmother always told me that she loved my prayers. She believed my prayers were more powerful, because I prayed in English. Everyone knows that Jesus, who's white, speaks English. The bible is in English. Yes, the Bible was not *written* in English, but the Bible came to South Africa in English so to us it's in English."
On the ridicule of institutionalized race:
"Which seems ridiculous, but it would happen. Every year under apartheid, some colored people would get promoted to white. It wasn’t a myth; it was real. People could submit applications to the government. Your hair might become straight enough, your skin might become light enough, your accent might become polished enough—and you’d be reclassified as white."
On hustling: "When Bongani first said to me, “Let’s go to the hood,” I thought we were going to sell CDs and DJ parties in the hood. It turned out that we were selling CDs and DJing parties in
order to capitalize a payday-lending and pawnshop operation in the hood. Very quickly that became our core business."
On crime: "The hood made me realize that crime succeeds because crime does the one thing the government doesn’t do: crime cares. Crime is grassroots. Crime looks for the young kids who need support and a lifting hand. Crime offers internship programs and summer jobs and opportunities for advancement."
After having read "Born a Crime" by #trevornoah, I can highly recommend it. 👍
It's funny, personal, and educational. The subtitle "Stories from a South African Childhood" couldn't be more true. At it's core, it's about the state of South Africa, Apartheid, Race, Religion. It showed me a world that I did not know before. Time well spent.
(on a side note, the book doesn't cover his public career at all)
@feld Yep. I made a whole thread with quotes, just finished the book. It was good!
@hinterwaeldler how do you find it? Am a big fan of Noah but have not yet gone to the bookstore..
Maybe makes more sense to read it to South Africans in comparison to Europeans.
@markusviktorius It was fantastic! See the original mastodon thread, I've posted a few quotes and thoughts.
The book clearly has an "American" perspective, meaning that it's not written for South Africans. ;-)
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