This is an enjoyable article with a very level headed approach to racial issues by the standard of Medium, where most people who write on the topic are just part of the echo chamber. It’s rather apalling though to think of somebody being stopped by complete stangers and asked about their ethnicity.
America is very confused about race, dangerously so in my outsiders opinion. When I recently commented on an article about black NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, to say that many Europeans find it ridiculous that the USA can obsess over such trivialities yet not care about what is happening in Syria,Yemen, Afghanistan or Niger I was told I’m a typical white supremacist.
When I replied that actually I’m mixed race, one of my grandmothers was from India, he replied that it was crass of me to bring race into the exchange.
You just can’t argue logically with people like that.
Another time when asked about my ancestry, I memtioned that Grandma Thorpe was Indian only to be told I should say Native American as Indian is demeaning. “OoooooooK, but actually I don’t think there were any Native Americans living around Lucknow when Grandma was born,” I replied.
In London, Manchester or Birmingham, in dear old England where, according to American liberals, we’re all backward, xenophobic racists, there are some idiots of course, but most people will just accept that you are what you are.