How does the following quote from Born a Crime illustrate the concept of prejudice? "My mom raised me as if there were no limitations on where I could go or what I could do. When I look back I realize she raised me like a white kid—not white culturally, but in the sense of believing that the world was my oyster, that I should speak up for myself, that my ideas and thoughts and decisions mattered."

This quote from Born a Crime illustrates the concept of prejudice because it shows how nonwhite people under apartheid in South Africa were conditioned to feel that they were not as capable as white people. Trevor's mother refused to let her son feel this way and taught him to thrive in spite of racial prejudice.

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When Trevor was growing up, black and colored people in South Africa had few opportunities. They lived in a society that constantly reminded them that they could never achieve what white people could. Throughout his memoir, Trevor frequently describes the psychological tole that apartheid had on South Africans of every race. It convinced them that it was their race that defined their capabilities, their...

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