Trevor Noah on being mixed-race in apartheid South Africa: "I was just living this life of being a physical crime"

Noah sat down with "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert to promote his new book, "Born a Crime"


Brendan Gauthier
September 15, 2016 6:24PM (UTC)

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert interviewed Trevor Noah to talk about the "Daily Show" host's forthcoming book, "Born a Crime."

Asked about the title of the book, Noah said "the title came from my life."

"I was born a crime. I was born to a black South African mother and a white Swiss father during apartheid in South Africa and them [having sex] was illegal," he explained. "Apartheid only ended in 1990, so for the first six years of my life I was just living this life of being a physical crime."

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"Writing the book was fantastic because I had to go back through my life. I learned things about my life I didn't actually even know," he continued. "For instance, I always thought I was an indoor child. Turns out I wasn't allowed to leave the house because if I was seen in ... the area I lived in, the police would see me and go like, 'Oh, that kid, he's a crime, you can see that.' And then they'd take me away and send me off to an orphanage because my mom wasn't allowed to have me and my dad wasn't allowed to have made me."


Brendan Gauthier

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