Trevor Noah in Fresh Air. A "MUST" listen program.
apartheid, interracial couples who had engaged in sexual relations
could be punished with years-long prison sentences, and biracial
children like Noah could be taken away from their parents. As a result,
Noah spent much of his early life in hiding."
"I lived my life as a part-white, part-black but then sometimes Jewish
kid, and I didn't understand because she didn't make me convert. ...
When I turned 13, she threw me a bar mitzvah, but nobody came because
nobody knew what the hell that was. I only had black friends — no one
knows what the hell you're doing. So it was just me and my mom and she's
celebrating and she's reading things to me in Hebrew. ...
was the gift my mother gave me. I think that was part of her religious
pursuits. My mother's always looking for answers, she's always searching
for new information. I think she has a thirst or hunger that very few
possess innately, so my mother never stagnated in a place where she
said, "I have it all." ... She applied this to everything in our lives,
and that was not staying in the space that you are supposed to be in,
whether it be racially, whether it be in a community, whether it be
gender norms, whatever it was. My mom said, "I am going to seek out
more," and so I was constantly confused, which is sometimes a little bit
disorienting, but I feel like it leads to a way more colorful life."