The theme in the first two parts of “Born a Crime “ might remind a reader of the beauty standards that many communities possess. That is how having lighter skin or lighter eyes makes you beautiful while having dark eyes and darker skin makes you less attractive or tainted. They make you feel ashamed for not having white features and celebrate you when you do. (See all my comments for part one and part two.)
Paragraph 11 in the first part of “Born a Crime “ by Trevor Noah might leave a reader feeling upset because it explains that in the time of apartheid in South Africa you weren’t offered any opportunities unless you were white or at least close to being white. This was followed by the ideology that being anything but white wasn’t right and viewed as an impurity. An example of this is in paragraph 11 “Keep on marrying lighter and whiter and don’t touch the chocolate and maybe, maybe, someday, if you’re lucky, you can become white.” This is upsetting because they make it seem as though it’s wrong to be anything but white, that being anything else would mean their bloodline is tainted and they should work towards erasing who they are.
After this part of the book, most readers probably will be looking forward to reading the rest of this book because they will be hoping for a change further along in the story, for the people who make these sort of racist/discriminatory comments to be called out and put in their place. What’s probably going to happen next is acts like these will continue until activism takes place in order to defend the people they try so hard to keep from progressing.