I've experienced exactly what you are talking about John, a few years ago I happened to mention, I can't remember in what context, that one of my grandmas was Indian.

An American reader jumped on that and told me I should say Native American. I was able to reply that actually there weren't any Native American families in Lucknow, India, back in 1887 when Grandma was born.

But that wasn't the end of it.

A British reader got on my case and told me I should be proud of my heritage and identify as Indian instead of letting people think I'm British.

And erase 3 other wonderful grandparents out of my life just like that.

It's such incidents that make me find the whole race debate, as it is being framed, irrational.

Opted for comfortable retirement before I was fifty due to health problems and burn out. Now spend my time writing and goofing around. Home: northern England..

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