Our brains are addicted to categorizing. It’s an easy and efficient way for our brains to process new information. It’s so easy, we, literally, don’t even think about it. But sometimes our brains need a little help. This is why you feel inclined to ask strangers where they’re from; your brain is asking you to help it categorize that person, because the visual or auditory clues aren’t enough.
Brilliant article, Gizette.
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!