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June 28, 2022

 

Living the Same Life

Born A Crime talks about the struggle Trevor went through and how he was different than everyone else, yet he lived through a struggle that was worse. All sides did not like him. Blacks said he is white, whites said he was black.. Not everyone accepted him, but he had his mom with him supporting him all the time and making sure he lives a better life than she did.

The second paragraph of Born A Crime by Trevor Noah might leave a reader feeling sad because Since they always say Trevor is white they treated him differently than his cousins just because he was a bit lighter than them An example of this is on page 8. “Because I don’t know how to hit a white child,” she said. “A black child, I understand. A black child, you hit them and they stay black. Trevor, when you hit him he turns blue and green and yellow and red. I’ve never seen those colors before. I’m scared I’m going to break him. I don’t want to kill a white person. I’m so afraid. I’m not going to touch him.” And she never did.

A reader’s questions might start on page 9 where it says: “My grandmother treated me like I was white. My grandfather did, too, only he was even more extreme.” This is important because I think one of the biggest events were when Trevor was trying to get to known his dad since he lived a long time not knowing a thing about his dad The author seems to be making the point that Trevor’s dad was trying to protect Trevor and his mom by staying undercover most of the times since they can’t say Trevor’s mom had sexual relations with his Swiss dad

After this part of the book, most readers probably will be looking forward to reading the rest of this book because Trevor got to see his dad again and the reader would like to see more about how he goes on about his life and fight through the struggles he been through since he was a kid. What’s probably going to happen next is I am not sure what will happen next since the author gives different parts of the story in a random order but I think it will be about how Trevor deals with stuff on his on and not depend on his mom that much anymore


The Connection Between Then And Now

This book talks about a kid who was Born A Crime, he was born a crime because a black man is not allowed to have sexual interactions with another European women and vice versa with a black women and a European man. This book speaks about how the kid grew up through everyday struggle like going to three different church’s in one day and how him and his mom had to drive hours to get to a church and how every day was difficult to live through,

The first section of Born A Crime by Trevor Noah leave a reader feeling worried because a random stranger offered to give them a ride but after a while a minibus stopped them and took them telling the car driver that he is stealing his customers, on the way the minibus driver was aggressively lecturing Noah’s mom about how she should not go with strangers An example of this is on page 60.  “And here was my mother, his tribal enemy, a Xhosa woman alone with two small children—one of them a mixed child, no less. Not just a whore but a whore who sleeps with white men. “Oh, you’re a Xhosa,” he said. “That explains it. Climbing into strange men’s cars. Disgusting woman.”” This makes the reader worried because the Zulu and Xhosa tribes are enemies and the man kept on going about how Xhosa women go with strange men and he kept calling her names and would get more aggressive by time

So far, the characters in Born A Crime might remind a reader of a story in the news. What happened is what’s happening these days, for example Russia and Ukraine and how they are basically the same yet fighting each other in a big war, I would say it is kind of similar in a way where in the book Zulu and Xhosa are different tribes but in a way they are similar but are enemies, same with Russia and Ukraine, they used to be one country but after years Ukraine decided to be independent but after a while Russia wants to take Ukraine back and now they are fighting each other, some Ukrainian people have families in Russia and the other way around yet they are forced to fight.

After this part of the book, most readers probably will be looking forward to reading the rest of this book because the reader would want to find out more about what happens next in his life as he grows up and how he interacts with the world he is living in. What’s probably going to happen next is I’m not sure what will happen next because at the end the author talks about a side story if that is the correct word to use but other than that I think the story will go on about how his life gets harder the more he grows because he is mixed, and I would like to see how he deals and/or over comes the problems he gets in .


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The World Don’t Love You

My response to Makayla’s Youth Voices Commentary The World Doesn’t Love You; My Mother’s Life (Feminist Perspective), a book review of Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah.

Sentence, Phrase , Word 

  • Patricia lived with a man, slept with a man, loved a man, but still had to do everything on her own.
  • So basically when Abel was beating the crap out of Patricia nothing could be done.
  • Standard

Brief  Reflection : 

This goes to show that women are strong and powerful. Noah’s mother is a great example, she raised two kids one by an abusive stepfather who didn’t care about how her day was he just got drunk and beat her like she was nothing.


The World Don’t Love You

My response to Makayla’s Youth Voices Commentary The World Doesn’t Love You; My Mother’s Life (Feminist Perspective), a book review of Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah.

Sentence, Phrase, Word 

  • Abel was not a man because Patricia did everything a man was supposed to do.
  • Free-roaming spirit. 
  • Altered

Brief  Reflection : 

I chose the sentence” Abel was not a man because Patricia did everything a man was supposed to do.” because it meant that Patricia did what she had to do for her family and did not care for gender roles and she did all of these things like working and providing on her own without a man’s help. 

I chose the Phrase”Free-roaming spirit” because it explains Patricia perfectly.Patricia went through so much but still found ways to stay strong and do the best for he somewhat family. Basically just her children because Abel was abusive towards her.

I chose “Altered” as my word because this is technically what Patricia had to do all her life in order to take care of her family. She altered the rules of the female traditions in South Africa.Patricia would have gender roles but did not care and altered it in order to take care of herself and her children.


Born A Crime – Book Review with a Feminist Lens

   “ If there was any doubt about Abel, the truth was right there in front of us all along, in his name. He was Abel the good brother, the good son. But Able was his English name. His Tsonga name was Ngisaveni. It means” be afraid “

      Abel is a deadbeat. “He don’t do shit”. And he shot Patricia in the head…

In the story Born A Crime written by Trevor Noah, we learn about his stepfather Abel. Abel was a drunk, abusive, and insecure man. Despite everything Trevor’s mom still laid down and had another baby with him. They still survived all his hardships and trials. However, the question is does, Born A Crime do an effective job of illustrating different gender roles and relationships in South Africa? Abel being a man, being in an intimate relationship with a woman and being the “male role model” in 2 young boys lives, yet he still wasn’t the ideal man. Abel couldn’t provide but wanted to control everything. Instead of talking out his problems he beat the mother of his son. Born A Crime does an effective job because it illustrates patriarchy.  To a further extent, it shows how a woman can be with a man and still be on her own, and it also shows that traditions can be changed or altered.

 

According to the Oxford Dictionary,   patriarchy is a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. So basically when Abel was beating the crap out of Patricia nothing could be done. The police brushed it off because back then a man could do whatever and it would be alright. It was okay for Abel to beat his family then drink, then beat up other people and then drink some more because he was a man. I know this because in the book it says “ When the cops arrived he said nothing but oh-oh go in and have a conversation, this is not necessary”. Patriarchy gave men leeway to do whatever.   

Patricia lived with a man, slept with a man, loved a man, but still had to do everything on her own.  She paid her own bills, took care of her own kids, and took care of herself. In my eyes with support from the book Men were/are supposed to be providers and protectors for women, kids, and themselves. Patricia was the provider and the victim. She worked through the day then got her ass beat at night. Being with a man doesn’t mean anything, back then in South Africa men were held at such a high standard but Abel never met the requirements. For example, In the book, it says,

“ You’re not a man; You’re a child, I can’t have a child for a husband, I’ve got my own children to raise, and you call yourself a father, then out of nowhere he smacked her across the face.”

This shows that Abel did not act like a man he did not live up to his name. Abel was not a man because Patricia did everything a man was supposed to do. “Abel was a Bitxh”.

   Traditions. Many of us have traditions we have to follow. Traditionally back then men would go to work all day and the women would stay in the house clean and cook etc. Not Patrica.  

Patricia Noah didn’t stay in anyone’s kitchen. She was a free-roaming spirit. She insisted on walking to the village, going where the men hung out, talking to the men as equals.” Patricia wouldn’t fight the system she would mock the system. The tradition of women bowing to the men she found ridiculous, she made a mockery of it, “she overdid it”. The women would bow and do a little curtsy and Patricia would go all the way and roll in the dirt.

This shows us that a man’s presence never affected her until he neglected her. It was kind of like she had no respect for a man even though he was supposed to be superior. To answer the question yet again Born A Crime does an effective job illustrating gender roles through relationships because it tells us how a man is supposed to be treated, explains the traditions , then boom- brings us this “wishy-washy” powerful woman and – shows us how she doesn’t care for traditions.

Even when they want us to be nothing we’ve always been something, we’ve always have to be something even if that something was nothing,.. “ You have to accept yourself as god. You have to realize your just as much the Devil as you are God. That you’re everything and you’re nothing at all” Abel was everything and nothing at all. Patricia was everything but became nothing at all.

This book was everything and something for us all. Born A Crime did a hell of a good job illustrating gender roles through relationships in South Africa. It taught us Women, Man, Child, even  Dog, to Stand for something or fall for anything.

Effectively I’ve reached this conclusion through three reasons: Born a crime shows patriarchy deeper and “realistically”, shows how a woman can be with a man and still be on her own and exhibits how traditions can be broken/altered.

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