…ome and unlawfully took my things and yet he somehow felt entitled enough to call the police…on me. His exuberance, his freedom, his nerve were tied inextricably to his fair skin. Upon seeing the police enter my home, my anxiety, my fear, my nervousness were tied inextricably to my unfair skin.
Arnold Mays Ragas
Brilliant article, Arnold.
No punches pulled, actionable, visceral, feisty, perceptive, heartbreaking and utterly readable! Kudos! Your writing is so lucid, almost poetic!
As an Indian residing in Ireland for the last decade, I totally empathise with your frustrations & fear.
My tuppence based on Angela Saini's excellent "Superior": Race isn't real. There is no scientific consensus that it exists. Or how many there are. Or how to classify them. Racial categories we use are arbitrary. Moulded by social and cultural constructs. I genuinely think this book is the only origin story of our species we need.
I reckon it makes a perfect science-backed companion article to your brilliant writing - so would really appreciate your feedback!