But in most of the history books you and I grew up reading (written by…hmm whom?) the Black presence in Europe was minimized or ignored: a quick footnote on colonialism and the slave trade, while the daily lives of Black people were not seen as worthy of mention. I found this true when I began researching the Black presence in France, a topic that seemed, at my first cursory attempts, infuriatingly hard to pin down (I have since been grateful to numerous historians for their contributions to answering this question.)
Katherine Grace Bond
Superb stuff, Katherine.
Right on the button and taking no prisoners! Love how feisty, urgent and powerful your writing is. Keep at it!
As an Indian residing in Ireland for the last decade, I totally empathise with your frustrations & fear.
My article on race, based on Angela Saini's excellent "Superior" complements your writing, IMO.
Key points: 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.
Would really appreciate your feedback if you can spare the time!