A Race For The Ultimate Prize


              We all have a dream. A dream which differs from each individual. Dreams are our reality in waiting. Excitably waiting for our arrival. But do we recognize the process and experience a person needs to go through to even obtain such a miraculous reality? “We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.” Circumstances mold our existence within the society. However, they also limit us from greater achievements. Nevertheless, it could also shape our growth. Apartheid built a barrier which limited each individual’s knowledge. Apartheid established a barrier between communities and affected many South Africans. Which limited their potentials. Throughout the text in Born a Crime, the central idea of this book was apartheid and how it affected South Africans during their life.

Apartheid enabled many communities to steer into a life of misdemeanor. This social system brought many negative effects to the nation. As Trevor lived in the ghetto part of Alex, he states, ‘“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. Crime gets involved in the community. Crime doesn’t discriminate”’ (Noah 209). Due to the text, we can analyze that apartheid did not incorporate positive aspects as it brings in more crime from its racial segregation. Apartheid encourages more crime and corruption because the citizens are not supplied with opportunities by their government and their country. Consequently, they had to devote in a life of crime and a life behind bars. As communities living in poverty they supply themselves with other opportunities.  Poverty and racism in South Africa brought many individuals to shift their mindset towards crime. Crime also coordinates under the cracks of the laws. The autobiography also suggests that law and authority derail a human beings belief. When Trevor was arrested, he mentions, ‘”The more time I spent in jail, I realized law is a lottery. What color is your skin? How much money do you have? Who’s your lawyer?”‘(258).  This quote also proves the point that racism derails people’s lives. By making law a lottery, we see that there are many variables that goes into how you are treated by the authority. Having to chose another route for survival, they set to chase a life of crime. When the people in charge suppresses the population, some South Africans will find other opportunities. But many times, they involve crime. Apartheid, silent and deadly, watched South Africa plunge into a spot of no return. Damaging life and relationships, apartheid differentiates others and sets barriers to prevent farther interactions. We receive the message throughout the autobiography in which the effects of apartheid impaired relationships. Time was one of the most significant foundation to a good relationship. But it was taken away: ‘“Relationships are built in the silences. You spend time with people, you observe them and interact with them, and you come to know them—and that is what apartheid stole from us: time”’ (185). Time is something we use to learn. Observing and spectating, we spend time to learn more about others. But time was taken away. As the author stated, we need to interact with others to build a relationship between them. But how do we achieve this if it was against the law? Trevor never had the opportunity to take time and build up a relationship between his dad because they were not the same race. This barrier affects many generations and their perspective on other races. There is no time to do so since apartheid had seized it. Creating an endless cycle of hatred among the races. Apartheid makes you wonder if your community is worth while for the others. Some of us nor like or dislike a subject or object. But Apartheid makes you choose sides. Trevor Noah tells us that you will struggle knowing if you should pick good or evil:”‘…you struggle with the notion that you can love a person you hate, or hate a person you love. It’s a strange feeling. You want to live in a world where someone is good or bad, where you either love or hate them”‘ (159). The evidence preserves the idea that there is no good or bad. Nevertheless, living in South Africa you will naturally choose a side. Tribe members will hate each other because of their differences in skin color, disregarding the similarities. South Africans get use to this act and will embrace it which will ultimately bring the entire community down.

Progressing through the emotional story of Trevor Noah, we realize that specifics matters were effected during and following apartheid. This autobiography gives us an insightful perspective to the situation. Circumstances shape of life and who we want to admire. Apartheid was as capital punishment, set on anyone with the wrong skin color. Apartheid is similar to a predator, preying on its food, silently staring you down until you make a mistake. It steered people to encourage misdemeanor, impaired the relationships between family and community. Preserving the thought in which they are more superior than others. This is not a way to live life. Their were some that escaped the ghetto, but their were many that did not know you could escape.