New Daily Show host Trevor Noah is ‘colored’ — what that means here in South Africa

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Comedian Trevor Noah was “born a crime” to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father in the final years of South Africa’s apartheid regime. At that time, officials classified him as “colored,” a label and identity still common here today.

  • stevie

    What is Noah’s faith?

  • David Lloyd-Jones

    What’s yours, Stevie?


  • Derek

    Biblical Noahs faith is outlined in Genesis. Read Genesis 5-10

  • Dani

    I’m South African. You are quite right that it is not usually offensive to be called colored. People are quite proud of their heritage. You’re also right that in South Africa. There is one big factor that you left out and that is the issue of language, and its associated cultural norms. In South Africa we have 11 official languages, two of which come from people of European descent, English and Afrikaans (Charlize is Afrikaans). The majority of business across all race groups is now done in English. The group traditionally referred to as colored in South Africa are of mixed race but from a couple of hundred years ago (although this doesn’t apply to Trevor Noah), and most of them are actually first-language Afrikaans, as opposed to black South Africans who are for the most part first-language Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, or Venda. Many people in South Africa speak multiple languages, and Trevor Noah is truly exceptional in this regard.

  • Dani

    Sorry, I seemed to delete a segment. The second sentence should read, “You are also right that in South Africa black and colored do not mean the same thing.”