Born a Crime


Trevor Noah

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A form of murder, particularly common during riots in the apartheid era, in which tires are put over someone’s arms and chest, then the person is doused with petroleum and burned alive.

Necklacing Quotes in Born a Crime

The Born a Crime quotes below are all either spoken by Necklacing or refer to Necklacing. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of Born a Crime published in 2016.
Chapter 1 Quotes

The triumph of democracy over apartheid is sometimes called the Bloodless Revolution. It is called that because very little white blood was spilled. Black blood ran in the streets.

As the apartheid regime fell, we knew that the black man was now going to rule. The question was, which black man?

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Page Number: 12
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Necklacing Term Timeline in Born a Crime

The timeline below shows where the term Necklacing appears in Born a Crime. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Racism, Apartheid, and the Cycle of Poverty Theme Icon
Resilience Through Religion, Education, and Humor Theme Icon
...fights with the African National Congress, which is Xhosa-led but diverse. Riots and murder (especially necklacing, or putting someone’s torso and arms in a tire and setting them on fire) are... (full context)